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Old 08-31-2004, 09:06 PM   #1
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Im a FW person, but Id like to know....

Could someone tell me a little about SW and those black clownfish. Space requirements, food, etc. Do SW tanks cycle like FW tanks? How do you do water changes, because the salt measurments? What kind of filter do you use? Do they need special coral or anenomes?

In a few months(December or later) Id like to have a SW tank with a single black clownfish.

Also just curious, how big do porcipine puffers get?
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Old 08-31-2004, 09:13 PM   #2
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WOW! Glad you are interested in SW but you just asked a whole bunch of questions there. too many to answer in one thread. My advice to all new to SW is to start iwth a good book. I recommend " the Conscientious Marine Aquarist" by Robert Fenner. It is a very good place to start. read it once and then one more time. SW is totally different then FW so you will have lots to learn. (for me, that is the fun part). gennerally speaking, start with teh largest tank your walet and space will accomidate. the more water volume you have the easier it will be to get started and keep things stable. Next, decide what type of tank you want...FO, FOWLR or reef. Then decide the filtreation you want, mechanical, LS with LR. Once you decide these things we can guide you throut the set up and in-going care. Good luch and have fun...Lando
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I second that.

I went with a 37 gallon tank. The largest my pocket book could handle. One very important thing to note is that SW tanks are EXPENSIVE! Ligting, filtration, powerheads, sand, Live rock, etc. None of it is cheap. Just to give you an idea, I have spent over 1000 dollars already and I have yet to have one fish in my tank! But, you can do it cheaper.

The Key is research and paitence. one of my favorite parts of the Saltwater hobbie is the research. You learn so much fantastic stuff you never knew! Did you know that the Mantis Shrimp has one of the most powerful strikes in the animal kingdom? I sure didn't. and it lives in a medium thicker than air!

Have fun! and of course, ask many, many, many questions. Pick up that book! I haven't yet, but I will very soon!
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Old 08-31-2004, 11:53 PM   #4
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Get your check book ready

SW is a great deal of fun.
Spend some time in the SW forums and read as many threads as you have time for.

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Be prepared to use patience. Rushing can be costly in dollars and in the health of your fish.
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I love saltwater!!! I used to have fw but now there is no way i could ever go back. YOu should go for it if you have the money and time. Just make sure to do your research, everyone on this site is a lot of help! Dont be afraid to ask anything,
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As Lando mentioned - Fenner's book is a very good start IMO. I did find myself reading it a number of times. "Conscientious" is the operative word in the book title. I'm still reading the thing! But is is still great to interact with all these folks here.
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I just ordered the book. hopefully it will be here in a week.

Another consideration is going to be the amount of fish you can acually keep. THis is vastly different than freshwater. For Example, I will have 5 in my 37 gallon. and that is considered overstocking the tank!

But, you do have much, much more life in a SW tank if you Have Live Rock. there are crabs, shrimps, corals, worms, algea, etc. all contributing in their own way to creating a complete ecosystem
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I just wanted to point out, with no disrespect intended to anyone, that Fenners book is now 7 years old (if I'm not mistaken).

It's still a great book.. I just think it's age is something to keep in mind.
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The bible is pretty old too.

OK seriously though, I think the book still provides mewcomers with a wealth of information to consider shen purchasing, stocking, and repsonsibilties. Sure, there are some new things going on, but it's still a good read.
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