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Old 06-14-2013, 12:37 AM   #1
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New To Marine Tank

I've been running fresh water tanks for about a year, but my son really likes some of the saltwater fish, particularly clowns. I guess all Pixar kids do.

I know next to nothing about saltwater, but know I would like to one day have a nice big reef tank. For now, though, can anyone tell me how big of a tank I would need for a couple of clowns? Can they thrive without live coral, just using fake for a first time marine tank?

Are there any reasonable tank-mate options that would go with a couple of clowns?

I hope this isn't an overly stupid question.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:55 AM   #2
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I think 20 gal is the minimum for clowns I think if you could go maybe a 30 that would be great and you can get a few more fish too
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:57 AM   #3
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20 gallon tank with a fire fish or yellow watch man goby. A striped cleaner shrimp too, good shrimp and also off nemo
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I agree, 20g is about the smallest tank I would put a pair of clowns in. It is also a decent started size tank, although I would go bigger if you can afford it / have room for it.
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What about coral? Will they be okay with artificial?
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:49 AM   #6
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As long as the decoration is safe for aquariums.most clown now a days are captive breed and are harder to host a anemone or such.just do some research, have patience and willing to keep up with it and you should be fine.
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If it was me I wouldn't use fake decorations, they just look tacky! The love rock in your tank will look natural and there are some low light corals that will look good. Clowns don't need to host anemones, they will host just about anything, heaters, skimmers, the corners of your tank
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Ha! *live rock, not love rock...
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I agree fake looks pretty "fake." However, this would be a tank for my sons room to replace his 10 gallon FW. I have a 40 gallon planted tank that is my "high tech" expensive project. I suspect the fish and upkeep for a 20 to 30 gallon SW setup will be pretty pricy w/o the coral/light/etc. I prefer the real deal, but don't want to bite off more than I can chew.

The tank I've been looking at is a 29 gallon cube. How would you stock around a pair of clowns in a tank that size?

Also, what does "host" mean?
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Sure thing, you can always set the tank up with live rock and a couple of powerheads
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