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Old 03-01-2012, 11:23 AM   #31
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IMO the 55 gallon tank is the perfect starter tank for a reef. Plenty of water volume that you should be OK if problems or mistakes should happen. Tanks with lower water volumes are less forgiving when problems arise.
I think I'll have more fun with a 55 gallon. It's just more expensive than a 30. Must keep an eye out for sales and check Craigslist!
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I would also be wary of the Chromis school. Though less aggressive than damsels, they can be misleading as well. Some people never have any problems with them. While others have had the school completely turn on each other leaving only 1 chromis left.

I am currently about to cycle my new 55 gal tank. I love the idea of having some schooling fish, which is what most people go to chromis for to see. I am looking at Fowleria Cardinalfish, yet I have not made my final decision. They are peaceful and have a 30 gal min requirement.
I'll have to do more research and see which one I'll like better. I haven't seen that cardinal fish yet.

The chromis seems like a good idea because they are very inexpensive. LOL!
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+1. The dollar a gallon sales are great. But like you said, keep an eye out on craigslist. This is a good way to get tanks that are either pre-plumbed or come with extra goodies like stands, LR, and so on.
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Yeah stay away from tap. I topped off with it the other day and what a mess! (I had no ro in the house because I buy it) algea every where ugh lol
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Any opinions on red tuxedo sea urchins?

Do clowns have to have an anemone? What is a good easy anemone to get?

Also, once I have a tank and stand, I'll need a filter, good lights, refuge, protein skimmer, power head.... Anything else?

I want high lighting so I can get the pretty colorful corals and then have them stay colorful!

What are you guys talking about when you say the tank has to be drilled?

What does a skimmer do exactly, and also what is the purpose of a refuge?

I'd like some suggestions on what are good products in a reasonable price range so I know where to start looking.

And what kind of testing kits will I need?

How do you have a QT tank? Does it have to be setup all the time?

So many questions!! If I'm going to do this I want to do it right so I don't kill all the fish and coral.
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That'd be awesome!
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Yeah stay away from tap. I topped off with it the other day and what a mess! (I had no ro in the house because I buy it) algea every where ugh lol
LOL! Now we know what tO use when the cuc needs to be fattened up!
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LOL! Now we know what tO use when the cuc needs to be fattened up!
Haha yeah not good it will take atleast a good month to stop also. To answer a few of your questions... clowns do not need to have a nem but in saying that it is really cool to watch them host one. Nems need a pretty established stable tank to do well and depending on what type of clowns you have they like to host different nems. I have occy clowns and they like to host my green bubble tip. I put it in my tank after about 4 months and it is doing well. Just feed it some mysis shrimp once a week.

As for equipment I have the odyssea advance plus fixture from aquatraders.com it is a great deal for the price. I payed $180 for 1 250w halide 4 t5s and 4 led moonlights all in 1 fixture. Its a rediculous deal. I also have a cooling fan blowing between the fixture and tank because the halide heats up the water so bad just a little tip

A skimmer just removes excess nutrients from the water. You don't need one for smaller tanks but for 50 and up I would get one. Always get one rated for double your tank size. I have a reef octopus bh 1000 hang on back skimmer for my 29gal. Just keeps the water pristein for my corals. I got it for $140 during a group buy from bulkreefsupply.com.

As for testing I test for ph, alkalinity, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, calcium, and magnesium. The last 2 are to make sure the levels are correct for my corals.

You also don't need a refugeium unless you want one. I have one built into my sump the I built. It let's you put some extra rock for more filtration and helps with the pod population if you have fish that like to eat pods.

Lastly when someone says a tank is drilled they are refering to the style of overflow to the sump. There is also a hang on the back overflow back. Imo drilled is always better due to the fact that it won't overflow if the power goes out. The hang on back works on a siphon and if it loses siphon the return pump will empty your sump into your display tank and overflow it.

And don't forget a glass top for your tank if you have fish that like to jump. Also helps with evaporation.

Hope this helps a little. I know I didn't answer all of your questions but lunch break is over lol
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Hope this helps a little. I know I didn't answer all of your questions but lunch break is over lol
it has helped alot! Thank you!!
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