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Old 06-23-2010, 06:28 PM   #121
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Keep us with daily test updates this is some of the most exciting times when setting up a fish tank. The anxiety of being almost there yet still taking your time.
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:38 PM   #122
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Ya i need to get a test kit. Having done a cycle before starting from a clean slate i know the routie so i wasntworried about testing yet. I dont see a huge need to test all the time right now. If i had to guess i would say my cycle will be done in abouta week.( of course ill test to be sure before adding anything). Having 6 filters in my 10 gallon with raw shrimp for 5 weeks should put me in the middle of or end of the nitrite part of the cycle. Now i pretty much just have to wait for it to spread from my filters to the rocks.
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:41 PM   #123
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Right on. I'll be watching... do you have anything to change about your fish list?
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:01 PM   #124
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No. I know i want a pair of clowns cause everyone has them lol. A goby or blenny. A maridian dragonnet( spelling) a tang maybe. On the fence about the tang. Andi dunno what else i can get or if im full
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:20 PM   #125
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Ok went to the lfs and they dont have much. Mostly dog and cat and fw stuff

So i just ordered a sw master test kit from api of course. 2 750 koralia evolutions. Do you think i should also get 2 nano ones? One for theback behind the rocks and one for surface?
I also got 2 strainers 3/4 inch for my overflow to keep things from goingfor a ride.
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:57 PM   #126
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Right on. For most salt water setups I have heard 1" for every 5-10g (that is the size the fish will be not the purchase size.) The amount of water movement can depend on the fish and coral you plan to get. Some fish like slow current and some like fast. I think the ones you have ordered should be enough.
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Hmm im not sure that inch rule really applys. Im not even sure itwould be a fair guide line in salt water.

Here is why ( my personal opinion )
Clown fish 3 inches roughly. For a pair thats 30-60gallons thats most of the tank allowance depending on what part of the scale you are using.

Gobys about 2 inches.10-20 gallon
Blenny 2 inches .10-20 gallons.
Mariadan 2 inches.10-20 gallons

Those would be between 60 and120gallons under those guidelines andi cant believe that would fill up a 75 gallon. Or would that really be a full tank right there ?
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I never did the math... that's just what I read... I know FW is 1" per gallon. Also in my 320G I plan on having way more then 1" per 5G
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I know sw is less crowded then fw as they tend to be a little more territorial but 1inch per 5-10gallons seems like alot. Specially if you use it closer to the 10gallon mark. And i think with a bigger tank like a 300+ gallon you may have a littlemore forgiveness as there is.more.hidingroom ect
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Saltwater fish are more territorial than fw fish. They will stress out the more timid fish and cause it to die from ich or just stress. A mandarin needs a large tank because it just eats copepods and they are very slow feeders. Clowns are Damsels and are very territorial when paired up and will kill all other clowns unless in a very large tank. IMO
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