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Old 11-01-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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So I have this hex lying around and I though I could turn it into a nice saltwater tank. It is 19inch tall each panel is 8inch wide and is 14inch panel to panel. I worked it out to roughly 18 gallons but I did it in my head so ya... I was thinking of trying to stack life rock or something of the sort in the center of it.

I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas on filtration and etc. I have never done a saltwater tank before so I want to make sure I do it right. I know the tank is small and if it doesn't have a lot of options I'm ok with not doing it. It's either I keep my krib tank or set this saltwater tank up.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated thank you everyone
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Old 11-01-2012, 04:09 PM   #2
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Not an easy ank to start with but would be great if you pulled it off.

Go for a decent external filter but as you mention Live Rock will be your main showcase!

You could do away with the filter and add a good amount of cured live rock and have a hang on skimmer.

Live sand is good too!

What do you plan on doing? Reef? Fish only?
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:48 AM   #3
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Not sure what would my option be? I was thinking of a school of cardinals and maybe a dwarf lion if he fits. I'm looking at more fish. I might not go with the lion. Maybe a cleaner wrasse. I will write some ideas down and list them. If I do a reef can I stick my coral on the live rock? Also what type of lights would I need? If I go fish only do some fish need corals or can I just go with fake ones? It would probably be easier to just avoid them although I do love frogspawns...
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:11 AM   #4
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Sorry to say that those fish aren't going to work. You could get 3 cardinals, but those would be the only fish in there. Cleaner wrasses are difficult to keep, usually best to find one that is trained to eat frozen food, but a great alternative would be a cleaner shrimp. They do the same job and when you put your hand in the tank he'll try to clean it! 18 gallons isn't enough for a dwarf lion, 30 gallons is the min. Plus there's always the possibility that the lion could eat the cardinals if it's able to. Cardinals are nocturnal and don't move much so they are easy targets.

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No fish needs a certain coral and if you have a FOWLR (fish only w/ live rock) you don't need any type of special light. If you're getting corals then you will need a light that can grow corals. You'd need a shorter light than people with say a 20 long. That means less money. Frogspawns are awesome. They are LPS corals (large polyp stony). I'd recommend starting with soft corals, like hardy zoas and mushrooms. Then get LPS and maybe even SPS if you have enough light and good water parameters (montiporas are the easiest SPS corals).

Lastly getting a filter twice your tank size would be ideal. Aquaclear is a great filter company so I recommend those, but really anything will work. You don't need a protein skimmer, just keep up on water changes (10% weekly is good). Finally, RESEARCH! Don't buy anything until you do and make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. It's very addicting and expensive and a whole different world than FW. Best of luck!
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:17 AM   #5
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I'm thinking something like a
X? Cardinals
x1 Royal gramma
x1 flame angel.
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X1 dwarf lion
X1 cleaner wrasse does a carpenter do the same thing?
Some type of goby
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x1 bicolor dotty back
x1 coral beauty angel
Blenny goby or firefish?

What do you think?
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X1 dwarf lion
X1 cleaner wrasse does a carpenter do the same thing?
Some type of goby
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This is out of the option then lol
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Royal grammas and Flame angels need 30 gallons. Carpenter wrasses are completely different. I have a McCoskers Flasher Wrasse in my 70 which is very similar and they are beautifully colored fish, but do require a min. tank size of 50 gallons. Gobies would work and the dwarf lion like I said would not work.

You'll only really be able to get something from the nano section.
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I am probably just going to do a fowlr then. That way I should be able to use my led lighting and get into corals with a bigger tank.

But so far it looks like I'm not going to have a nice center piece fish...
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Royal grammas and Flame angels need 30 gallons. Carpenter wrasses are completely different. I have a McCoskers Flasher Wrasse in my 70 which is very similar and they are beautifully colored fish, but do require a min. tank size of 50 gallons. Gobies would work and the dwarf lion like I said would not work.

You'll only really be able to get something from the nano section.
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Funny I was using that site but didn't know clicking on the picture would give me info on it. I want the yellow strip cling fish but care is rather difficult apparently...
What would you stock in the tank?
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:37 AM   #10
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I don't know anyone with that fish as they are really hard to keep. I found one video on youtube and the guy (has amazing tank and everything is thriving) said it disappeared months later or something strange. I think they are close to the care requirements of striped shrimpfish and pipefish and seahorses. Probably best in a species specific tank.
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