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Old 09-23-2012, 11:19 PM   #1
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Starting my first saltwater tank!

So anyway were building a new hosts and want to be moved there April 1st. I'm allowed to get a saltwater tank for the new living room. What would be a good tank size for a pair of clownfish as the main focus. What type of lighting would I need to be able to keep a sea anemone and maybe a few softies? Ill be short on cash, so how much would this set up cost? Also I don't have a clue about saltwater so I'll prob need lots of help.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:20 AM   #2
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You could do a 20long, 30, 40, or 60gl cube.

The 20long would be the cheapest in general to run. The 30 would give you the chance to add 1-2more fish and more space for coral and fish to swim but would cost more in general.

Not including tank, you could probably set up a 20 for:
Sand-$20-30
Rock 20lbs-$6.00x20=$120
Lighting could go from $200-500 depending on fixture and type of lighting.
Skimmer(optional)-$200 to 250

For filtration a power filter could work at around $50 but I like the sump.

Power heads 2x$40-50

I'd say between 750-1000 total on the initial setup not including salt, corals, fish, other small stuff, ect.
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Or you could just get an all in one aquarium like the Biocube 29 gallon ($265) and grow zoas, mushrooms, and an anemone (still not sure if it would be enough light for a nem). You could split the price of the rock by .25 % by getting 1/2 lb/ gallon of pukani dry rock. I got 100 lbs for my 70 gallon tank and only used 3/4 of it and I probably could have used less! They are big pieces of rock, so you can ask for smaller pieces. Gorgeous, porous, rock..no pests and cheaper! I'd go with dry rock vs. LR if you're on a tight budget. No protein skimmer (which means more water changes), and a powerhead ($25). You will also need a stand or some type of furniture that will support about 400 lbs. That comes out to be about $380 (w/out stand and livestock)
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Or you could just get an all in one aquarium like the Biocube 29 gallon ($265) and grow zoas, mushrooms, and an anemone (still not sure if it would be enough light for a nem). You could split the price of the rock by .25 % by getting 1/2 lb/ gallon of pukani dry rock. I got 100 lbs for my 70 gallon tank and only used 3/4 of it and I probably could have used less! They are big pieces of rock, so you can ask for smaller pieces. Gorgeous, porous, rock..no pests and cheaper! I'd go with dry rock vs. LR if you're on a tight budget. No protein skimmer (which means more water changes), and a powerhead ($25). You will also need a stand or some type of furniture that will support about 400 lbs. That comes out to be about $380 (w/out stand and livestock)
I'm willing to pay 200$ so I'll try to get some deals on stuff. I'm only 13 and I make 5$ a week.
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I hate to say it but that's not gonna go very far if you wanna keep corals and the cost of keeping it running is gonna be more the $5 a week. : /
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I hate to say it but that's not gonna go very far if you wanna keep corals and the cost of keeping it running is gonna be more the $5 a week. : /
I don't have to keep corals. I thought clown fish had to have an anemone though :/. Maybe I could get my parents to pay for some of it.
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I don't have to keep corals. I thought clown fish had to have an anemone though :/. Maybe I could get my parents to pay for some of it.
Nah, clowns will be fine without a nem. They'll host a rock or some other weird thing.
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Nah, clowns will be fine without a nem. They'll host a rock or some other weird thing.
So could I still do it then ?
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A few months after we move I turn 14 so I can work at burger king so I can afford the weekly
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A few months after we move I turn 14 so I can work at burger king so I can afford the weekly
Can't you find some odd jobs now like mow yards or pull weeds to get you there faster
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