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Old 06-22-2010, 10:40 AM   #1
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looking at setting up a sw tank, ideas?

hey there, im looking at setting up a salt water tank later this year and thought i'd get some info up, any major things i should know?

also what sort of setup would i need for a few clownfish, approx 2 - 4 , and are they polygamists? (one male, 2- 3 females) ? for breeding?
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Start here. Articles

Research and patience are key. Nothing good happens fast in SW aquaria. Clownfish will likely need to be a pair only unless you have a large tank.
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I agree. Start with our articles section. Alot of good info there.
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Here's some reading for you.
Stock list and tips for maintaining your SW tank (STARTING OUT)

How to cycle your tank with out the use of fish

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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: A Quarantine Tank for Everything by Steven Pro

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Clownfish are all born with male dominant organs, but the largest one will morph into a female. The next largest male will become the bredding male (if it survives the females bullying).
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wow thanks that will help alot , wow how strange that clownfish are all born as male and the largest morphs into a female.
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wow thanks that will help alot , wow how strange that clownfish are all born as male and the largest morphs into a female.
Thats the least strange thing they do, just you wait and see!.

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If you do more then two clowns, the two will kill the others as they mature unless you have a hugh tank...125-200g min.
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If you do more then two clowns, the two will kill the others as they mature unless you have a hugh tank...125-200g min.
I have seen people keep 3 without problems. But yes, I think its pretty rare.

You have the best chances with fish when you introduce them all at the same time.
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Yes, three will work as long as the true pair is not raising fry. As soon as that happens it's third man (clown) out. Now if you remove the eggs and just let the pair lay another batch it might work out. idk anything is possible....
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