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Old 04-07-2013, 02:59 AM   #1
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Finnally Get to Start my Crazy, Insane Dream Tank

So I am getting a 55 gallon tank and stand for $50 off CL on Moday. Super excited. So, you are probably wondering why I am calling this crazy. I'll tell you why. I'm keeping dwarf seahorses, an angler, and reef community fish in one tank! You're probably thinking: "What the heck?? How?? You're crazy!" Well, I'm not. I'll be dividing the tank into three parts. A 5 gallon for the dwarf seahorses, 30 gallon for the angler, and 20 gallon for the reef-ish portion. I'll be running the 5G on a separate system since they have different temp needs. The other two sections will be sharing a sump powered by an algae turf scrubber in a 10 or 20 gal sump.
The sump will be fed from a single overflow box shared by the 30 and 20 gallon sections. The two sections (20 and 30 gallon) will be separated by a clear plastic mesh screen so water can flow through and that way they can share an overflow box. The seahorse tank will be separated by a glass or plexiglass divider.
For lighting, I am thinking a par38 bulb over the reef part, and some cheap LED over the other parts.. I will have to find something that will be able to grow macro algae for the seahorses to hang onto.

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3 Pairs of Adults, Leaves a little room for the babies they are bound to have.
Snails for CUC

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1 Red/Orange Angler or Sargassum Fish.
Snails/Hermits for CUC

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Not quite sure yet. I'd like to have a goby or blenny, a clownfish, a couple yellow/orange chromoise, and a couple Kaudern's Cardinal fish.
Snails, Hermits, and Shrimp for CUC

I'll draw up a few diagrams for you guys. If you have any questions, feel free to ask I'm expecting a lot

Any comments about design and stocking are welcome
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:24 AM   #2
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Thats seems pretty sweet! How big do dwarf seahorses get? 5 gal sounds kinda small but idk amything bout saltwater lmao. I have a 55 gal oscar tank
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About 1-2 inches. People keep them in 1 gal tanks, and 5 gal seems most common.
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O ok cool. Ya i would do saltwater but its expensive and i just really like new world cichlids haha. Good luck with your tank
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Thanks It's going to be a slow, over the summer build
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Thats an awesome idea, i always find myself wanting to set up another tank because i find a fish that wont go with my current set up.
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Clever idea! Hope it works out for you. Keep us posted on the progress!
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Thats an awesome idea, i always find myself wanting to set up another tank because i find a fish that wont go with my current set up.
Thanks I really didn't have all the space or money to make separate tanks, so I thought, why not combine all the tanks into one? I like all these tanks, but I obviously couldn't put them together, so I came up with this idea!
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This sounds awesome!
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Clever idea! Hope it works out for you. Keep us posted on the progress!
Thanks! I thought it was pretty clever also, but when I tell my family about it, they just get confused,

I am picking the tank up on Monday!
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