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Old 11-07-2013, 08:01 PM   #31
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:03 PM   #32
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To me, a perfect startup tank is this ...

20 gallon tank (long or standard)
HOB filter
1-2 hydor koralia nanos 240 gph
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Lights (depends on fowlr or reef)
Live sand
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Pair of clowns
CUC (can include starfish. I recommend sand sifting starfish)

This is a basic setup that will be great for a beginner. Get a decent t5 or led setup and you can start adding coral. Don't worry about breeding as this will happen on it's own naturally If the clownfish decided to mate.

Try not to over complicate it. A pair of clowns is simple to keep!

As for mixing salt, there's different ways of doing it. For stating out, I'd fill the tank with RO water and then turn on filter and power heads and start adding salt according to directions!

Hope this helps
so i just did research on the sand sifting starfish and everyone says don't get them they need a big supply of sand that we're not capable of handling, and they will destroy live sand and a waste of money.
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so i just did research on the sand sifting starfish and everyone says don't get them they need a big supply of sand that we're not capable of handling, and they will destroy live sand and a waste of money.
I've had mine for like 6 months with no problem! But to each there own haha! there's a ton of starfish out there!
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I've had mine for like 6 months with no problem! But to each there own haha! there's a ton of starfish out there!
They can starve pretty slowly once they decimate a sandbed. It can take several months just for them to die once they run out of food. I like serpent stars as they are by far the hardiest and easiest to care for.
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They can starve pretty slowly once they decimate a sandbed. It can take several months just for them to die once they run out of food. I like serpent stars as they are by far the hardiest and easiest to care for.
oh right! WOW! but i dont like the look of them
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Most starfish species other than serpent, brittle or chocolate chip stars just don't survive long and are not good for beginners. I'd look into one of those 3 if you want a starfish. Oh also chocolate chips aren't reef safe.
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Most starfish species other than serpent, brittle or chocolate chip stars just don't survive long and are not good for beginners. I'd look into one of those 3 if you want a starfish. Oh also chocolate chips aren't reef safe.
so what is safe for chocolate chips? brittle or very sensitive and quite hard :/ serpent i don't like, what about the little red starfish
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so what is safe for chocolate chips? brittle or very sensitive and quite hard :/ serpent i don't like, what about the little red starfish
Brittle are easy. Chocolate chips will eat coral and by little red starfish I assume you mean fromia stars which I wouldn't reccomend for a beginner. They need a long, slow acclimation period, a very established tank and no parameter swings. It is also not well known exactly what they eat. I'd stay away until you have a lot more experience.
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