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Old 09-05-2013, 06:29 PM   #1
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My new (second hand) marine tank

After many years of wanting we have finally taken the plunge and got our first marine tank. Here's a piccy...

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Old 09-05-2013, 07:49 PM   #2
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What size tank is that as looks a little small for the butterfly in there?
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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Hi, it's 2ft square, everything came with it including the butterfly fish, how big will he grow then? I believe he's been in the tank for 3 years...
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:31 PM   #4
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Do you know the gallons?
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:36 PM   #5
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It's about 60 gallon by my calc. Would make it about half the size the (guessing its a copperband) needs. They're also fairly difficult to care for FYI
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The tank looks like a nano cube probably about a 29G. Defiantly not the right size for a butterfly.
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Old 09-06-2013, 04:14 AM   #7
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My calculations make it 60 us gallons. He came with the tank and seems happy and healthy at the mo, so think I will enjoy him for a while then find him a bigger home.

I'm more concerned about the clown fish who goes mental when the lights are turned out and jumps over into the filter!! Would an anemone help?
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:47 AM   #8
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Some fish are more skittish than others, but it's obvious he's bothered by the sudden "lights out." I see a couple solutions to this issue.

1. Buy another clown. Having a companion may settle him down considerably, or at least distract him and make him less nervous.

2. If there's any way to cover the filter, do so.

3. Contrary to popular belief, clownfish host anemones (not the other way around.) Nem's need strong lighting, good conditions and good water flow. They can be quite picky, believe me. If you're prepared for it, by all means, go ahead. Or, you could pick a different coral to host your clown. Pulsing xenia torch coral work the best I've found.

4. If you do choose the alternate coral option, be sure to keep your copperband well fed, lest he pick at your corals. Even being well fed, some butterflyfish will continue picking out of boredom sometimes :P

5. Switch up your lighting. There are timed lighting systems out there that mimic dawn and dusk, so as to limit stress on marine fish and create a more fluid/seamless/natural habitat.

6. Good luck with whatever option(s) you choose.
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Whoops, typo. I forgot a comma between pulsing Xenia and torch coral. They're very different :P
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:06 AM   #10
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Wow lots of info, thank you

I've only had the tank a week and was thinking I should leave it as ids for a month to settle before any new introductions, but would like to get a friend for him, maybe a coherent patterned one?? It looks like I am going to have to rehome my copperband as people have said the tank is too small so maybe a shop will do me a swap and then get the corals you suggest
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