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Old 09-05-2012, 02:04 AM   #1
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Question First saltwater tank: Dwarf sea horses(read before telling me not to)

Hi, my name is Ali. I'm new here so I am in need of some advice. I already have a beautiful freshwater aquarium that is thriving. Now I want to upgrade to a saltwater. Now you have to understand a little about me. I LOVE a challenge. I am going to be a marine biologist when I'm through with school. Getting my diving certificate this month. Now I don't want to be told how difficult this is going to be. I have so many empty aquarium set aside for this. They are my favorite sea creature despite their size. I want to have dwarf sea horses. I need to know how to start a saltwater tank, what equipment I need, and what specifics for the sea horses. I just need information. Everywhere I've looked I haven't found complete info like I need. I have a 5 gallon hexagon tank, and a ten gallon regular rectangular tank set aside for just the sea horses. I know how to breed brine shrimp(sea monkeys) I did it when I was little and to feed my bettas. But I want to do this right with NO mistakes. Thanks, let me know if you can help.

I was also wondering about tankmates for the dwarves. I heard snails and micro starfish are good, and am looking into those. But I have a question. Can I place a feather duster with the dwarves? I looked around but didn't find anything helpful.
I want to be sure any organic life form is compatible before I risk it. If they aren't compatible that's fine. I just thought they'd look cool.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:52 PM   #2
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For dwarfs you'll need a sponge filter as most power filters will cause to much flow in the tank, some plants for them to hold on too as well as a place for babies to hide in. Feather dusters are fine but most like more flow than the dwarfs can handle. You may want to put a small pile of rock rubble in a corner and see it with pods No hermits though as they will eat the pods as well as the dwarfs
Of course you'll need a heater and light and a little luck I found the dwarfs easy to keep, mine bread about 6 times a year
PS try to get tank bread as they seem to be a bit hardier

Ok went and checked my journals No hermits No shrimp Small cleaner gobies and Nass snails are ok And they breed like guppies Keep us posted would like to see how you do
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Thanks, I'll remember not hermits. I had a large hermit for a while until my cat got him. What amount of salt do the dwarves need? That's one of the things I couldn't find. I don't have access to my laptop right now so, I'm doing all my reseach on my phone, a blackberry curve. Not the best for research but I'm doing my best. Also what about temperatures?
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:20 AM   #4
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Dwarf seahorses can be kept in 3 gallon aquariums. I like these creatures too since they don't require a big tank.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:49 AM   #5
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The SG should be 1.023-025 Temp 78-80 degrees
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Thanks, I won't be able to set up the tank for a while. I just found that out sadly. I'm 15, so I have to raise the money for the equipment. I thought my dad was gonna help, but apparently not. So I have to find a way to raise money. Now I'm planning on using plastic decorations. Do I need to place those in the tank before I cycle the tank? (I'm asking this for money purposes. If I don't need them that one less thing I have to buy right away)

I heard you could put micro starfish with the dwarves. is that true? Because that would be awesome.
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Old 09-06-2012, 05:48 PM   #7
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The good news is your setting up one of the cheapest salt water tanks, you can use a CFL bulb in a clamp on light Put the plastic plants in when you start the cycle as it gives more surface area for the bacteria. micro stars are ok with dwarfs Biggest cost will be the pump and heater Take you time and do it right only bad things happen fast in salt water
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Wow, I have the heater already. Pump as in, air pump? I bought one for my betta fry already. Too bad I never got them to breed. I have a sponge filter too. I read that you need a lot of other equipment, can you tell me the very minimum that I need?
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You will need a ro/di unit, a skimmer(maybe?), filter, heater, tank, live rock, plastic plants or sps corals (just something to hang on), substrate, and a hood with light.
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Thanks, I'll see what I can find. What is a ro/di unit? I'm kinda new to aquarium keeping. Only been at it for a year. I'm also really bad with abreviations. Most I can guess. But some are harder.
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