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Old 04-29-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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black sea horses starting tank

Im thinking about doing my first saltwater tank! i have noclue how to start it up. my lfs has black sea horses which are so cool and breed alot i heard. I want to get some of those and put them in it. I need to know how much all this would cost if anyone could just give me prices on all the different stuff. And some background on the black seahorses and if they are good for a beginner. Im really good with my freshwater tanks but i want to take it to the next level
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:41 PM   #2
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Sorry, but going from FW to seahorses is a little beyond "taking it to the next level"...... As far as seahorses go, even the easier to care for ones are not beginner creatures, espcially for someone who has never dealt with the ins-and-outs of basic saltwater care. Not saying it isn't possible, but you'd have a very steep learning curve in order to give them proper care.....
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Okay thats what i thought! any good fish to start with?
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There's lots of good starter fish..... but it's a bit different than keeping a FW community tank. Many (most) SW fish require larger tanks than things like small tetras. What size tank are you looking at? If you can go 30g or larger, you really begin to open up more possibilities......
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Im looking at a 29 gallon
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A 29g is a good tank for sea horses because of the added height. I would have to agree with everyone else though about sea horses being for the more experienced hobbyist. They have very demanding eating habits and very sensitive to water conditions. If you go with a 29g you can get it up and running with other stuff then in time switch it over to sea horses.
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I think thats what i will do. But whats a good easy sw fish to start with?
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Clowns are popular. Avoid damsels cause they are just mean. Dart fish are also good picks, a common and pretty variety is the firefish. Also if you want to do corals you are limited. Stick to stuff like leathers, mushrooms and zoas as they will be safe for sea horses when you switch, plus it's less light demanding. Also look at running a sump, nothing big but it will allow you a place to run a skimmer and cut down on bubbles in the water (bubbles are bad for seahorses) plus you can keep heaters in there and prevent seahorses from burning themselves. Seahorses are stupid so you basically have to set the tank up to accommodate that.
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I really like firefish. I think im going to put live rock in and idk for the corals yet. But i just need help with the whole filtration and water thing. That part confuses me. At my lfs they sell like boxes of sw can i just use that? And what do i use for sand?
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If you get firefish, get purple firefish. Regular firefish are sketchy they hide all the time. I made a mistake of getting two regulars. I barely see them and when i do they dissapear in a instant
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