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Old 06-08-2005, 01:09 AM   #1
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Starting a SW tank

just wondering could i have a 29 gallon salt water tank and put maybe like 2-3 clownfish in it or some other type (if i could do a 29 what type of fish) thanks
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Clowns or Chromis would be good. You would be limited on the amount of fish you could keep, but it would make for a great school of Chromis (3-5). These are very peaceful fish, and fun to watch. Just my 2 cents.

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A 29gal is a pretty good starter size. But you will need to keep stocking light. Three clowns in a 29 might be asking for trouble. They are aggressive towards one another unless they are a mated pair. You could sure do a pair however. Other options include one of the dwarf angels (coral beauty or flame are nice), royal gramma, firefish, gobies...the list goes on.
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if i was to put a dwarf angel in what else could i put in with it, could i put a hawk fish or jawfish (i think thats what they are, the ones that dig into the ground and make little holes that they live in)
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nvm i think ill put 2 tomato clowns, would this work and if it would what inverts would i need beside a bubble tip anenome, also how much would it cost to convert my fresh 29 gal to a sw 29 (parts needed and LR ect.)
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Sounds just fine.
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You cannot add an anemone until the tank is stable...which typically takes 9-12 months.

Live rock runs from $3-$7 a pound (going from various prices I've seen posted and come across myself), and you'll want 1-2lbs of LR per gallon (so at least 30, up to 60 lbs. 45-50lbs will probably look good)
You'll need an araganite sand substrate, probably 40lbs minimum.

The live rock is your filter, so instead of a mechanical filter, you'll just use a couple power heads for water circulation. YOu need at least 10 x per hour, or 300gph for your tank, of circulation. I highly recommend Maxi-jet power heads.

Sicne you mention an anemone, I assume you want a full reef, not just FOWLR...that's going to mean a good skimmer (CPR bak-pak 2R or an Aqua C Remora), and stronger lighting (at least 3 watts per gallon...i'd look at 2x55 or 2x65 watt power compact lighting).

You're probably looking at $400 for live rock ($150), sand ($40), power heads ($30), skimmer ($100+) and lighting ($100+).

I didn't include optional stuff like a sump or refugium.
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just wondering, since i live in florida part of the time could i take sand from the beach (i love the of pensacola sand((its said to be the whitest sand anywhere))) but anyway could i take sand from the beach and if i did what would i have to do or are there any areas i should get it from, thanks
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I have two clowns in my 125 and the fight all the times. Just don`t know if a good idea in a 29
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Reggie - As far as the beach sand is concerned, I would go way out off shore to get it. Sand on the shoreline can be contaminated with toxins, and unwanted bacteria. If you can, I would get a boat, and go way out where the sand is undisturbed.

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