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Old 08-01-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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i want to start a fish only tank and i was wondering if i need a protein skimmer if its just fish only? I also heard the you just set it up as a freshwater tank and add salt to the right level.
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Old 08-01-2012, 04:35 PM   #2
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What size is the tank?
What type of tank fish only or FOWLER?
And what types of fish. Regular reef/non reef safe fish? Or predators?

And idk what you mean by just like freshwater?
You cannot use the freshwater gravel for saltwater tanks. Most say this on their packaging. And many decorations sold unless they say saltwater safe somewhere are poison to a tank b/c chemicals will leach out once erosion sets in
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Old 08-01-2012, 05:03 PM   #3
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i really wanted occileris (SP?) clowns and about 30g-40g by freshwater i mean like cycle the tank normal then add salt live sand and live rock
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That tank size is perfect for those. You want to mix your salt and get it to the proper levels. Then add your live rock and then live sand to it makes your rock structure more stable.

Then cycle the same way. Just test and then at the end of the cycle do a 25% water change and good to go.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:04 PM   #5
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You wont need a skimmer BUT they help out a lot, without one your gonna go threw a lot of salt as well as RO/DI water (PWC's) Not to mention the algae and other problems that comes with poor water quality
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+1 to that

It's just easier with one
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:22 PM   #7
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Oh yea it is lol I ran a 90 without one for 2 years was changing out 25 gallons of water a week
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:53 PM   #8
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How many fish can u add at once what about 6 or is the too risky
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You mentioned clowns and then ask about adding six fish. What are the other four you are thinking about? For a tank that size, six at once is probably too much, regardless of what they are.

I'm a big fan of taking it slow. That allows bacteria a chance to adjust and let's you see how the new additions are doing.
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:08 PM   #10
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Well where I'm getting the fish they dont have a occilerics clown so I'm getting a tomato clown and a few other so I don't know what to do cause I don't want to pay shipping several times and my closest store is an hour away
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