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Old 05-21-2005, 03:09 PM   #1
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New tank

so my roommate and i decided to start a salt water tank next year
he'll be bringing his 75 gallon tank with the nessesary lights, heater, and filter

we plan on keeping just 3 fishes
1 picasso trigger
1 snowflake eel
1 porcupine puffer

is there any problem with keeping these 3 fishes together?
we don't plan on putting in any corals, just a bunch of live rocks

i also need a detailed list of equipment
so far i came up with:
salt mix
hydrometer
nitrate/phosphate tester
nitrate/phosphate conditioner
protein skimmer
lots of live rock......so expensive
substrate
powerhead

what am i missing?

any general advice for me?

also, i would like to grow some snails/feeder shrimp for food
how could i go about doing that?
thanks
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Old 05-21-2005, 03:22 PM   #2
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I think your fish list is okay for a 75gal. With those messy eaters in there you will need a pretty regular cleaning schedule so keeping the bioload down is a must to maintain acceptable water parameters.
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PO4 is not needed in the begining. NH3, NO2, NO3, SG, Ph are whats important.
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Do yo mean like a tap water conditioner? Skip it and use RO/DI water. A much higher quality water then regular tap and less likely to cause you problems. You can get it at most LFS or just buy a RO/DI filter and make your own at home.
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I suggest using sand instead of CC. Easier to maintain.
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Old 05-21-2005, 04:35 PM   #3
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nice
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ya i am going to get sand bottom
can someone link mw to where i could find a complete test kit?
i guess i should buy a ro/di filter, do they cost a lot?
i know buying distilled water cost a ton.....

i posted over at grimreefers.com and it seems like a porcupine puffer will get too big and the picasso is pushing it
any other puffer that won't be eaten by the trigger?

and anyway to grow my own live food?

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Im not sure about a complete test kit, but the general consensus i that salifer tests are the best if you are going for quality over price. Check out ebay for the ro/di filter. They are pretty cheap on there.
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Old 05-22-2005, 12:53 AM   #5
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