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Old 08-20-2003, 05:17 PM   #11
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Ok, so having said that about the tangs, how does the LFS get away with having 20 or so in a 30 gallon tank?
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Old 08-20-2003, 05:39 PM   #12
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they aren't kept there permanently. They are expected to be sold to "new homes"

Also, LFS are rarely concerned about the long term health/happiness of their tank in habitants. Mainly, they are concerned with short term display and marketability.
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Old 08-21-2003, 08:16 AM   #13
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Any suggestions on inhabitants that I should start with? Should I be looking at starting with a crab or something like that?

I have heard that tangs are not the easiest marine fish. What should I start with, and how should I build up to a tang?

Anybody have a suggested timeline for raising/developing a marine aquarium?

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Old 08-21-2003, 10:24 AM   #14
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well what you put in your tank is really up to you and your tank. You mentioned a couple clowns, getting a pair of clowns I think would be a great way to start. (obviously after the cycle has completed )

After you've had your clowns for a while, and you're comfortable that your tank is stable you could probably add a tang. The corals should come a bit later and anenomes much much later

that, unfortunetly, is about as close as you'll come to a timeline. everyone's tank is different. their water parameters, lighting, rocks, sandbed etc all affect the overall performance and stability of a tank so the time between each of the steps of your tank can vary greatly from someone else's experiences.
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Old 08-21-2003, 11:13 AM   #15
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Ok, about the sand. If the sand cleans the water. Do you then have to clean the sand? If I cleaned the sand the same way I clean the gravel in my FW tank, it would disappear. How do you clean the sand?
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Old 08-21-2003, 11:40 AM   #16
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the simply is home to bacteria and tiny animals called copepods. the bacteria breaks down the ammonia, nitrites and nitrates in the water. the pods take care of any waste that is on the sand and rocks.

You shouldn't need to clean the sand the way you clean the gravel in a FW tank. If you start to get a lot of gunk build up in your SW tank, it's usualy a sign of over feeding, or a low pod population.
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I noticed a couple duplicate posts from you Phil. I deleted them to keep the topic clean, are you having troubles?
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I'm not sure what happened there, I think I did do it accidentally.

Anybody have anymore comments on the above issues?
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For a suggestion on inhabitants, I think a blenny would be a wonderful addition. Just got my Bi-color. He is so awesome. Great personality, and going to be a really pretty fish when he's done stressing out.
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Old 08-23-2003, 11:34 AM   #20
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Anybody know a good rule of thumb for sizing a heater?

What dictates the type of lighting that you need for a tank? Is it to simulate the same intensity of light that the fish/critters experience in the wild? Why are we spending so much money on fancy lights if we could just build something so that the lights are supper bright? Am I missing something?

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