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Old 07-12-2012, 02:32 AM   #11
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I've heard rule of thumb would be to have one lb of sand per gallon and same goes for base rock. I'm running a 55 but only have 40 lbs of rock but I'm still adding as I go. I've also heard puffers eat corals, I wanted one too but I like coral more.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:36 AM   #12
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My tank is 36L X 18W X 24H just so you have the dimensions.

Would this tank be big enough for a small porcupine puffer? (I know i'll have to upgrade in time)
No. They need very big tanks and are not reef safe. Add one with caution and if you like gambling. 125+ gallon or bigger.
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Don't do reef till you are experienced with salt fish first. You seem pretty good with equipment except a good protein skimmer. I wouldn't use a regular pad filter tho. A good quality salt mix is good enough along with a hydrometer. Get a better powerhead tho. You don't want dead spots. I use 2 vortech mp10s facing eachother on each side. A reef you need t5 lights but are expensive.
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No. They need very big tanks and are not reef safe. Add one with caution and if you like gambling. 125+ gallon or bigger.
Any puffers that would work in my purposed setup?
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Don't do reef till you are experienced with salt fish first. You seem pretty good with equipment except a good protein skimmer. I wouldn't use a regular pad filter tho. A good quality salt mix is good enough along with a hydrometer. Get a better powerhead tho. You don't want dead spots. I use 2 vortech mp10s facing eachother on each side. A reef you need t5 lights but are expensive.
I have a quad T5HO fixture, the guy i got it from was using it to grow soft corals and they all seemed to be growing well.

i was looking at this powerhead. http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/store/...9-924-gph.html

@ Steve: one of the LFS people i go to for pretty much everything offered me 50lbs of sand and 50-60lbs live rock for $75 cause she's breaking down her reef tank
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small porcupine puffers don't stay small but in a 70 you should be fine I have one in a 75 gallon and he is very very active and happy he was one of my first fish I put in and was very hearty. Great personality to get you hooked on salt water fish imo
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Dude buy it rite away. Your first cycle will go so much faster if u use cured rock and live sand. Just keep it wet during transport. Storage containers worked for me. This is 5 weeks running
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Dude buy it rite away. Your first cycle will go so much faster if u use cured rock and live sand. Just keep it wet during transport. Storage containers worked for me. This is 5 weeks running
Its already mine i'm getting established refugium stuff from a friend as well (not exactly sure what classifies as "stuff" though)
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Are u gonna run a sump/refugium
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Any puffers that would work in my purposed setup?
Porcs really get too big for your setup(they end up looking like a floating football in your tank lol) and can be pretty aggressive. If you want a puffer look into the toby puffers. They are semi reef safe but will eat snails and shrimp(like all puffers). And will get along with most tank mates but may nip at long finned species.

Papuan Toby Puffer

BTW puffers are amazingly smart and fun fish. They act more like a puppy then a fish. I have a brackish figure 8 that eats out of my hand and brightens up the second he sees me.
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