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Old 12-13-2004, 03:12 AM   #1
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Starting out new.... Anyone willing to help???

hey how is everyone?
i have a few questions i would appreciate if anyone could answer for me. I am just starting a new salt water tank. I set it up and it has been running for about 3 days now. I work at a wholesale fish/pet distrubutor and my boss put a few sponges (not live) in the salt tanks at my work for a few weeks and told me itd be a good idea to put them in my filter, when i set it up. I have a H.O.T. Magnum filter and i placed some of the sponge inside. Does anyone know if that is a good idea or what? My boss says the bacteria will help the process. I have the canister filter and an undergravel filter, powered by a powerhead. The tank is small, only 20H, and many people say it isnt wise to start so small, but i think it is fine, i have done a 20 once before and it seemed to go well. Anyway, id also like to ask if it is possible to do a decent reef tank with this set up? Anything special i might need? Corals, polyps, all interest me greatly. Im thinking of putting a yellow watchman goby in, to go with the pistol shrimp, a blue mandarin blenny, maybe a clown fish with an anenome, and a small pygmy angel, if possible. Id also really love a harlequin shrimp, if possible. Is that too much for a 20H with my setup? Does anyone have any suggestions? Any input? Im still learning, but eager to. Let me know if you can help out! Thanks!
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Old 12-13-2004, 06:16 AM   #2
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Unfortunately, your tank isn't really set up correctly to keep corals. As far as stocking the tank, I'd say two fish is about all you'll want in a 20H. Mine has a tomato clown and a banggai cardinal...I wouldn't add anything else. You'll need to lose the UGF...the canister is OK. Add some LR to the tank...about 20-30 lbs should do it. If you have a CC substrate, I'd pull it out and go with something finer. The CC will work, but I prefer something like Carib Sea Seaflor. If you keep the CC, you'll have to vacuum it when you do water changes. Anemones aren't really recommended when you're starting out. They are difficult to keep and require a matured, stable tank. The mandarin needs a large, well established reef tank or he will starve to death. Most of their diet is comprised of pods and other small critters that live in the sandbed and LR. The harlequin shrimp eats only stars. You'll have to have a supply of these to feed it or it will die. The best suggestion I can make is for you to read "The Conscietious Marine Aquarist" by Robert Fenner. You'll find some good articles on this site as well. Welcome to AA.com!
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:11 AM   #3
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hey right on thanks alot for your help and time. You really dont think i could do a coral tank? Everyone has their own opinion i guess. My boss insists it is not only possible but easy if i do it the right way from the start, and sof ar this is what hes told me to do. Id liket o hope he knows what hes doing, considering the job he has lol but who knows. You really think the blue mandarin needs a large reef tank? I had a 20 hex tank years back and it was running a good 3 months before it went down, and the only reason it went down is because i shocked a box fish that i added to the tank and it killed all my fish. The blue mandarin seemed to do well, along with a tomato clown and a porcupine puffer! But i really dont know, all tanks can be different i guess.. Anyway, thats in the past, i want to do it right now, just havea few nice looking fish. My salinity level just sky rocketed for some reason? the other day it was at 1.028, which is still high, but i was hoping itd drop, not go up, any idea why it went up like that?????
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:15 AM   #4
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I'm presuming there was no substantial evaporation contributing to the salinity rising? I also agree that the mandarin needs an older, larger tank.

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ty all so much for your help, i appreciate it!! wish me luck lol
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