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Old 07-10-2006, 12:14 PM   #1
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Never had tank, newbie with questions

Iv always been fascinated with water life. Just got back from Destin, FL on vacation and went scuba diving and decided im finally gonna get that saltwater tank Iv always wanted.

I remember back in high school I took a marine biology class and we had a HUGE like 1500 gallon freshwater tank, but we had this very small, probably about 20g-30g saltwater reef tank. I dont remember what all it had in it, but remember the teacher saying it was kinda like a world in there, it only had 1 fish, but all the rock, plants, etc were live. said it had live insects or something... but basically it lived on its own. I think he even said he never feed the fish, the fish lived off the insects or something, they lived off whatever, etc etc... I always loved that tank, it was small but so amazing.

I have plans to ONE DAY build a big fancy tank into a wall in my living room (other side of this wall is a huge closet in my offic with double doors, would be perfect for tank setup)... but before I spend the money on that project, i figure I need to get myself a little associated with the hobby. Since Iv never had a tank (had freshwater long time ago)... id was thinking of getting something smaller...

I basically know NOTHING, but I found this tank online and wondering if anyone knows anything about it... seems like a pretty nice little tank, but as far as filters, lights, etc I dont have a clue if its any good...

basically im looking for a few things

1. is this a good choice for a first tank?
2. how much can I fit into it? 24g how many fish and other life can I get? i really like to full of color look of different things (coral, etc) also thought a seahorse would be cool, can it mix with some simple fish like clown fish (nemo)
3. basically any and all info you can give me is GREATLY appreciated... thanks


dont know what difference is, but there seems to be a few different styles, but im looking at the Aquapod 24gallon tank. I persoanlly like to look of the ones with the "flush" lights and not the one that sticks up in the air, but not sure what difference is and if I need that or not...

http://cgi.ebay.com/CURRENT-USA-24-G...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/AquaPod-12G-54W-...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 07-10-2006, 12:35 PM   #2
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i chose to go with a larger tank, as my first one. The bigger the tank, the easier to recover from mistakes, IMO.

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2. how much can I fit into it? 24g how many fish and other life can I get? i really like to full of color look of different things (coral, etc) also thought a seahorse would be cool, can it mix with some simple fish like clown fish (nemo)
I depends on what fish you put in there. You can add inverts (snails, a shrimp, and some other critters). A seahorse should be kept in a species only tank, or with fish that are at least as slow as the seahorse, otherwise it could starve.

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Old 07-10-2006, 12:39 PM   #3
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read this on a seahorse site


Tank Mates:
These include but not limited to: blennies, gobies,draganets, mandarins, percula clowns, some butterflys, tangs and wrasses, soft and hard corals, plants.

Clean Up Crew:
These include Nazarus snails, turbo grazers, sea cucumbers, various cleaner shrimps, brittle stars, starfish, and hermit crabs
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Read Robert Fenner's "Conscientious Marine Aquarist" and then decide what you want. Great overview book - except for the outdated references on cycling with fish. I'd try for at least a 40g or so. Can you go bigger?
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well tank will go in my office, so I pretty much have unlimited amount of space. I was just thinking of trying something small first to get hang of it and make sure its something I want to do. I dont know from expierence, but have always heard its ALOT of work... so id perfer not to spend the huge investment at first, thats why I was thinking of something small like this where I cant really get too much over my head.

If i did go with something bigger, are there "kits" like this I can get? or is it better to build your own
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I heard this too, but was very surprised at how easy it is....or maybe it was all the advice I got from here that made it easier!

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I think it might be cheaper to build your own set up. You can customize.
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im trying to search online without much luck. If I did go with something bigger, it would have to have a pretty nice stand. Wife wont go for one of those solid black or light oak stands. It would have to match the rest of furniture in house and look elegant.

Is there a good place to shop for stands? i would need something in a dark wood color and maybe even something to fancy it up a little other than just a rectangle with square doors. Wife is big into decorating and I know right now she wont go for one of those... would need something a step up from norm....

yet another reason i was looking at aquapod could go on my bookcase or desk or something....
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Can you build it between the two rooms?
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What part of the country are you in? If you wanna drive by my place tonite, we can getcha straight.
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lol, thanks for offer but thats a far drive. Im in DFW, Texas (arlington to be exact)
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