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Old 04-10-2012, 02:09 PM   #31
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At the risk of sounding like the dreaded "Tang Police"... even a baby tang should not be kept in a 20 gallon tank. The size requirements for tang tanks are far less about the fish's size than they are about the fish's behavior. Tangs need a lot of swimming room, and even as babies like to do sprints, and a small tank is just going to crowd them.
There are also numerous threads and articles about the long term health effects, including disease susceptibility, stunted growth, permanent skeletal damage... Long story short, just because you "know this guy who had a blue hippo and a yellow tang together in a 30 gallon with no problem (for a few months)", tangs do not belong in small tanks. Period.
Think of it this way. Do you have kids? When small, do you keep them in the closet? At 2 years old, are they then allowed to have a bedroom, and at 5, allowed into the rest of the house? LOL
Size isn't the factor.
Hmm. I just scrolled up, and it wasn't even the OP who mentioned tangs. Methinks we're all preaching to the choir here. LOL
Haha this is a possibility. I was just curious about smaller tanks and it turned into a war room thread. Lol. But yes when I do go sw I plan on making sure the tank is right size for the fish full grown size
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:41 PM   #32
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I set up a 55 gallon on a budget as I am a college student also...it is the best way to go I think personally! It make you not have impulse buys an put anything that won't work in your tank. Cause at least for me forking out $20 to $100 for a livestock I wanted to make sure it wasn't going to die. Your tank may not have all the coral and live stock you want right away but it will eventually and the best part is you always will find something better so building on a budget kind of leaves the door open so that you can always have what you want in the tank. My tank is been up 15 months and I still have space for fish and coral and to me it's awesome cause I still can research and add more. Yea it would be nice to have it full of coral and my fish livestock set but the lfs always have different things so it allows the opportunity to get what you want not get something cause they don't have what you want
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Well everyone else in chiming in so here is my two cents. I had a 29g bio cube a few years back and it was a great little tank that was able to handle most things I wanted in it, I'm currently setting up a 55g and am about $1000 into it just buying lighting and SOME live rock. The 55 is going to be more stable but I would recommend keeping an eye on Craig's list or kijjijji and find a cube. By far the best route to go, the added water volume adds stability and they have everything you need short of sand, rock and livestock. You could likely find one for around $200. Just the hardware to convert your 10g would likely cost that. Also you could likely find a cube that comes with rock and sand for close to the same price.
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Is this a good deal? http://stlouis.craigslist.org/for/2878990690.html
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Old 04-10-2012, 11:36 PM   #35
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Or is this? http://stlouis.craigslist.org/for/2937178259.html
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Id go with the second one and start to barter at 150-175 on just equipment..if he's willing to sell the livestock for 200 leaves 250 for the equipment which seems to be a better deal already then the other
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:26 AM   #37
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Id go with the second one and start to barter at 150-175 on just equipment..if he's willing to sell the livestock for 200 leaves 250 for the equipment which seems to be a better deal already then the other
I have texted them and I'll let u know what happens when they text back. I started at 175.
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