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Old 06-19-2012, 09:51 AM   #1
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small salt water tank questions

Hi! Okay this is only my 2nd post in the saltwater section bc I've never done saltwater before. My question is, If i were to get a 16 gallon aquarium kit, what would I need to make it happen?? And what kind of fish could I keep in a tank that small???
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:39 AM   #2
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Hi! Okay this is only my 2nd post in the saltwater section bc I've never done saltwater before. My question is, If i were to get a 16 gallon aquarium kit, what would I need to make it happen?? And what kind of fish could I keep in a tank that small???
One fish, marine salt oceanic, heater , light, filtration with a bio wheel, one dead shrimp from the grocery and 4 weeks of patience.
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Lol good advice, what kind of fish? Like could I put a clown fish in there??
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Lol good advice, what kind of fish? Like could I put a clown fish in there??
Yeah one clown is fine. After you mix all the water( directions on bag) throw in the shrimp and buy a water test kit. Test ammonia, nitrate and nitrite. Later you can buy other tests.

Cycling will take 2-6 weeks so test every day, keep a log and when the readings are high keep waiting until they get back to zero.

Then your ready kiddo!
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Yeah one clown is fine. After you mix all the water( directions on bag) throw in the shrimp and buy a water test kit. Test ammonia, nitrate and nitrite. Later you can buy other tests.

Cycling will take 2-6 weeks so test every day, keep a log and when the readings are high keep waiting until they get back to zero.

Then your ready kiddo!
Awesome, just an idea I have right now, I wanna do it, just don't know when.. what else would u recommend putting in there?? Other than fish
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inverts. Shrimp, snails, hermits, etc. I have a fighting conch in my 20 that's really awesome if you have an open sandbed.
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And corals if your going to go with a reef eventually.
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That depends on what fish you choose, type of filtration and water quality. Only use reverse osmosis water. Nothing else.

Some fish bother your invertebrates , some invertebrates cannot live with your fish. Google pictures, research and find a match.

Just remember, its a different animal then fresh water.
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Any specific inverts you'd recommend, I'd definitely be doing a clown fish, but i know nothing about salt water tanks so bare with me :/ trying to learn so i can make a small tank
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Any specific inverts you'd recommend, I'd definitely be doing a clown fish, but i know nothing about salt water tanks so bare with me :/ trying to learn so i can make a small tank
No worries,

Find a hosting anemone. Google it.

Then some polyps, buttons and others in that category.
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