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Old 03-18-2004, 06:29 PM   #1
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My new SW Tank! YAY!!





Just got my SW tank [ More pics are >HERE< ]


Comes complete with a Penguin 170 Filter and a protein skimmer made by Aquarium Systems, As well as lights and everything else.


My question is, the guy I got this from only has 40 watts of light on it, a 50/50 bulb and a Antinic.

I know the lightings going to have to be upgraded, but how much [ I.E. How many WPG should I shoot for ? ]


I also have this Anenome he gave me because it wouldn't allow itself to be taken out of its rock, as well as all kinds of snails and a few Electric Blue Hermit Crabs.

The food he has for the tank was Freeze Dried Brine Shrimp by Ocean Nutrition, Supplemented with seafood, plankton algae and vitamens.

Some unkown, AquaDine Nutritional Systems Red Pellets, and some Ocean Plankton.

Is there any other food supplements I need to get?

I also got some Kent Marine liquid Calcium [ Don't worry, I won't use it until I get a test kit for calcium, Have the AquaPharm SW Master Test Kit already ]


So, anything else I need to put on my shopping list?


Thanks all



EDIT

Theres also a featherduster in one of the chunks of Rock, Should I just put some food like the brine in a dropper and squirt it in there for him?
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Old 03-18-2004, 06:37 PM   #2
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Lighting depends on what you want to keep. The *general* rule of thumb is 3-5 WPG, so far as I am aware. If it helps any, I have a 125, about 20" deep, and I'll have 3x250w MH as I wanted to be able to keep clams. I'll also have my 4x96w PC 03 ...that's a total of 1134, that's about 9 WPG. So: How deep is the tank? And what do you want to grow?

BTW, sweet tank, and best of luck to you! (hey, it can't hurt, right?)
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Old 03-18-2004, 06:55 PM   #3
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The tank is a 29 gal, which I think is 18 inches deep.

My primary concern for lighting is the anenome, if he dosn't need good lighting then I was going to just do a fish or two for now, then when I can afford it later [ or find a nice set of VHO bulbs for dirt cheap ] upgrade the lighting and start thinking about more light intense things.
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Old 03-18-2004, 07:28 PM   #4
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How long has the tank been setup? Did you say today or did i misunderstand. If only one day you are brave putting snails and crabs let alone an anemone in there already. Just my opinion
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Old 03-18-2004, 07:31 PM   #5
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The tank has been established for a long time [ the guy I got it from had it 3 months, and I made sure the way he broke it down preserved the cycle and other goodness ]

and the guy that had it before him, I'm unsure.
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Old 03-18-2004, 07:58 PM   #6
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What kind of anemone? I have no idea what that one is. If it's a Condy, they don't need really intense lighting. Any other that I'm aware of need intense lights. I'm no anemone expert though. Anyways, enjoy your new tank!
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Old 03-18-2004, 08:22 PM   #7
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Looks like a condy, if so you are probably ok, but more lighting would not hurt. I have 4 condy in my 75g with only 80watts of lighting and they have been thriving.

Good luck,
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Old 03-18-2004, 08:25 PM   #8
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Sweet deal! Glad I don't have to worry about him now.


Now from the food supplements I listed above that the guy gave me, what do I feed it?


I also have alot of frozen food [ Didn't take a look at it since I threw it in the freezer and started putt ing the tank back together ]


Also, what can I drop in there for the arrow crab [ forgot to mention him, Excitement causes memory loss :p ] and hermits and snails?


Mucho appricaite all the help guys!!

You've turned my great day int a even greater day!
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Old 03-18-2004, 08:26 PM   #9
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Sorry forgot about your feather duster. Phytoplankton is what I feed mine 1-2 times a week. They are basically filter feeders that require no special lighting. The phytoplankton is also beneficial to any LR you have. I would probably avoid the brine as it will not have any nutritional value for any fish you may get and the feather duster really will not eat that much. In the end it will probably be just adding more waste.
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I have 2 leathers in my tank with one feather duster and have been adding DT to the water about 3 times a weeks to make the corals grow and man that feater duster has a really big crown now. he has got to have doubles in size in the last month or less.
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