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Old 11-08-2011, 05:51 PM   #1
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So I'm thinking about starting a SW tank after a recent visit to a SW only fish store. I don't want to do anything big. Just maybe a 10g. I might do a larger tank (55g), because I really love lionfish :P
But my question is, do I need a surface skimmer?
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no. it's just another filtration device. you can choose whatever filtration you like. i wouldn't keep lionfish in a 55. i would go with a 75 at least. even the dwarf variation get 5".
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Old 11-08-2011, 06:38 PM   #3
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Ok thanks! I could use a 20g but thats the biggest I really want to go. What could I do with that?
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there are a decent variety of fish that would work in a 20. here are a few choices:
Nano Fish
as far as predators are concerned, you could do anglers, stonefish, and scorpionfish.
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Those predators could be done in a 20g? Or a 55g?
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a 20 gallon would work. i don't mean all of them at once, i mean there are three choices. if i was going to choose one of them, i would make the tank his.
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Yep I know about predators, well FW. I checked them out and I really like the anglers. So would I just do one?
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you could do more than one i imagine, providing they are about the same size. i would hate to find only one after paying the price for them.
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Yeah I saw them in that FS for about $30 each... And they were only maybe 3". I thought they needed a big tank. Do they need live rock?
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need? i don't know if they need it, but what would you have in the tank to house bacteria and make it look nice? sponge bob ornaments? lol.
use base rock and let it become live on it's own. it will help with filtration, and keeping a predator, you'll want as much filtration as you can get.
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