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Old 10-08-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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New to saltwater

Sometime this week, I'm going to buy a new tank for a pair of orange clownfish. I'm just need a basic understanding of what I will exactly need. The local shop here (non chain), has given me a general I dea, but I would like a better idea.

So first off, just for these two fish, what size tank should I be looking at? And what things should I look at getting to start up this tank. I would like to get a anemone for them, and it's only a certain type they usually live in. So do I need to do something special for it to grow?

As you can see I am complete novice to reef aquariums, but I miss the reef and would like to start small and heard clownfish are hardy a d make prefect first time fish. So any advice help will be great.

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Old 10-08-2011, 10:49 PM   #2
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I bought a sea bay clownish already hosted with the anemone from the LFS.it's the one in my pic
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Old 10-08-2011, 10:55 PM   #3
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The two clownfish that on display at the store dont have an anemone in their tank.

I'm more looking for help not deals from stores though.
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I just happened to walk in and see it..had bought two ocellaris clownish and a bubble tip and they never hosted..so when I seen this sea bay already hosting I bought it:lol
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Btw.that's a purple tip anemone
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:19 PM   #6
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I just read that they don't need one. But how hard are they to look after
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:52 AM   #7
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It is best not to get an anemone until your tank has been stable for a few months. Clowns don't need an anemone. Anemones even when they are happy can decide to tour the tank and end up messing up the whole thing by getting chopped up in a power head. This is really a good read Reefs.org: Where Reefkeeping Begins on the Internet - Keeping Anemones

For 2 clowns I would get a 20 or 30 gallon tank because when they start figuring out who is dominate it may take awhile and they might need their own space. I don't care for bare bottom tanks so sand and live rock it can be base rock and will actually turn to live rock. You will probably like to have a light. A heater is a must unless you keep your house about the same temperature day and night. You will need a refractometer it is more accurate than a hydrometer. For food I use formula 2 and rods food so my fish get a balanced diet.

I forgot you will need a good liquid test kit like API.

About the life span of a clown my lfs had one for over 25 years that died recently and they have one that is about the same age that is still alive. Anemones usually don't live a year in a tank unless it is one that is one that has split off another one then it is possible they live for 5 years or more. I say 5 years because I know someone that has a rose tip that is that old who wanted to sell it.

Now after all that information you will need to read up and understand about cycling a tank without fish.
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Yeah I have read up on cycling at tank but there are a few different methods out there. Some say leave it with the live rocks and others say drop a dead shrimp in there. I'm little confused as it is salt water. I'm quite use to freshwater set ups
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The bacteria needs a source of ammonia either a dead shrimp or pure ammonia to start it. Live rock will have a certain amount of die off to cause the cycle to begin. I find using a dead shrimp is the easiest way. I usually get my rock from someone taking down a tank and throw in a piece of shrimp so my cycle usually takes only a couple of weeks, I also stock very slowly.
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A ok. Well the lfs guy told me about a product that help produce bacteria, does do the same job as a live rock or shrimp?

Also, you mention I used get a 20 gal tank, but I've read that if I was only going to have just the fish I could use a 10 gal. The fish that I'm getting have been paired for awhile. But I'm sure the store doesn't have them in even a 10 tank. I'm not to sure as I wasn't paying attention to the tank.

I live in a once active volcanic area. So I have lots of rocks in the area. Could I possible use one of those rock (after washing it of course) to help support the growth of bacteria.
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