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Old 06-14-2013, 09:51 AM   #11
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And just a standard light for starters, then upgrade later down the road if you want too! For your info it is still going to be more more expensive than fresh. You will need test kits, a refractometer and preferably ro-di water and a good salt mix. It is also more time consuming, weekly water changes, testing and topping off every couple of days. Not wanting to put you off, just giving you the heads up
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:54 AM   #12
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Hosting refers to the symbiotic relationship between a clown fish and an anemone (you've seen the movie right?) it is not necessary though and most clownfish are tank bred so they don't know what an anemone is. FYI anemones are also for down the road, they require intense lighting and near perfect water conditions, just in case your kids ask why nemo can't have one
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:21 AM   #13
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And just a standard light for starters, then upgrade later down the road if you want too! For your info it is still going to be more more expensive than fresh. You will need test kits, a refractometer and preferably ro-di water and a good salt mix. It is also more time consuming, weekly water changes, testing and topping off every couple of days. Not wanting to put you off, just giving you the heads up
Yeah, I anticipate this will be quite a learning experience. I'm already accustomed to weekly water changes, and for consistency will buy my water at the LFS so I don't screw anything up.

Just wondering about topping off every couple of days. I would have a tight fitting glass top- will I get that much evaporation? That seems like a lot. Is that unique to SW setups? Reason I'm asking is that I do weekly changes on our tanks and haven't seen that w/ FW.

Forgive me if I sound like I'm doubting you, just trying to understand.
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Forgot to ask-any filtration issues I should consider? Can I use a HOB filter or go I need to use a canister? I don't thing I would have room for a sump or anything like that right now.
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Forgot to ask-any filtration issues I should consider? Can I use a HOB filter or go I need to use a canister? I don't thing I would have room for a sump or anything like that right now.

You don't actually need a filter of any sort, they tend to make nitrates. The live rock will be your main source of filtration.
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It's your sons tank put in it what you want and he wants. Hob filters are fine a aqua clear or emperor 200 would be fine. The bio well or any hob or canister is not a nitrate factory if properly cared for. Here's a 36 bowfront with a hob "bio wheel.with 5 or 10 gal wc a week. Buy the necessities at first then the other equipment. We're here to encourage you and help you not to overwhelm or push our ideas.
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Recent pix after we put it in a preschool for summer. Nemo for the kids her real name is 5 dollar
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A tight fitting glass top is not usually recommended as saltwater tanks need to breath in order to keep their PH up. A mesh top is far superior and easily made.
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A tight fitting glass top is not usually recommended as saltwater tanks need to breath in order to keep their PH up. A mesh top is far superior and easily made.
What is the recommended ph?
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Most run a low limit of 7.8 and a high limit of 8.4, I run from 8.1 to 8.3. You want it to vary as little as possible. Variation is generally caused by C02 buildup in the water when photosynthesis is halted by lights out. Keeping good gas exchange helps reduce the variation as the tank can blow off C02 easier. My Ph use to vary up to .4 points when I closed up the house and turned on the air conditioning. I helped solve this by giving my protein skimmer a outside air source.
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