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Old 06-17-2013, 06:40 PM   #31
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I'm relieved to hear someone else has a Spongebob statue... LOL
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:20 AM   #32
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The clown fish ( nemo ) is orc ,

Aka false clown or anemone fish .
Mine are tank raised and bought them and the anemone they were hosting .
More of a guarantee they would when I got then home .
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:22 AM   #33
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You need rock. It does not have to be live as mentioned earlier, but I wouldn't suggest using anything for fresh water, like lava rock. You can buy dry rock at the LFS or on line and it's fairly reasonable.
The trouble with the fake stuff in the tank is that it will get coated with algae and will need to be cleaned periodically. Live stuff won't do this. It's not important any way because if you get some tank raised clowns, they won't care if there's an anemone in the tank, or a sponge bob statue, and neither will a shrimp.
Correct me if I'm wrong mr x
But isn't there a general rule of 1 lb of live rock per gallon ?
And for a tank this size with only live rock and a pair of clowns would a skimmer still be required ?
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Dry rock becomes live over time and its safer to use
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As long as water changes are part of a weekly - monthly routine there is no need for a protein skimmer for any size tank.
I believe the lb. per gallon rule is 2lb. But it all depends on the opinion of the owner and how they want the tank to look.

A saltwater tank does not have to be expensive. Spend a little extra time looking for deals on Craigslist and eBay...

A mechanical filter is highly recommended by most people because you can use filter floss and carbon to clear up the water.
Live rock is good as a natural filter, but I would not even consider setting up a tank without a mechanical filter of some kind.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:59 AM   #36
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I'm relieved to hear someone else has a Spongebob statue... LOL
I have Squidward's house, Spongebob's pineapple & a Gary statue in 1 of my tanks and Bikini Bottom background. And in my SW tank, we have live snails we call Gary!!

And, we just went here this past Saturday. They were life size, so cool!! HA!

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The reason you need to do FW top offs in saltwater is because when the water evaporates, the salt does not. Meaning your salt level in the water will rise. Adding fresh RODI water every other day will keep it at a consistent level. There are auto top off systems you can buy, but you can just manually do it too.
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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.

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This was the question I was referring too. Should have quoted it.
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Most people don't have tight fitting kids to allow for proper oxygen exchange, so an open top does create more evaporation. I right fitting lid may also lead to ph problems (being too low) I think it is unique to SW...
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Most people don't have tight fitting kids to allow for proper oxygen exchange, so an open top does create more evaporation. I right fitting lid may also lead to ph problems (being too low) I think it is unique to SW...
+1... And yes, I do notice my SW open tank evaporates much more than my hooded FW tanks but also the SW is my biggest & w/ the most surface area.
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