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Old 10-22-2003, 12:50 PM   #1
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Temperate Tanks

I have already posed this question in the California regional forum. I live in Southern CA and I thought it might be fun to have a tank that shows off our local waters. That way my friends can see 'what I see' when I go diving. Has anyone here ever tried a temperate setup? Are they harder than tropical? Does anyone know where you can purchase temperate livestock? I don't think the DFG (Department of Fish and Game) nor my diving buddies would like me if I caught my own. It seems there is not a lot of info out there for temperate aquaria. The only difference I know of would be a chiller rather than a heater. Beyond that I am dumbfounded. I have also heard that nudibranchs are hard to keep alive in aquariums. If anyone has had a temperate setup did you try to keep a Spanish Shawl? In case you don't know what they are, they are the most beautiful little purple and orange creature and they are everywhere on the reefs in Laguna.
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Old 10-22-2003, 02:15 PM   #2
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i live in norcal and the water here is pretty cold. I think if you wanted to do a local setup you would probably need a chiller and those arent cheap. Also the fish in the local area, at least around here, get a lot bigger than most aquariums hold. Unless you have large aquarium. I still think it would be cool to do one tho, maybe have some abalone and cold water anemones. I say go for it
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Old 10-22-2003, 02:28 PM   #3
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Water temp down here at depth is 55 in winter to 68 in the summer. There are some small reef fish, but you are right in stating that most fish do get rather large. Plus the brightest fish would be a Garibaldi but those are illegal to catch. It would mostly have anenomes, small crabs, baby lobsters, algae plants. Maybe an eel.
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Old 10-22-2003, 02:50 PM   #4
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id like to do a number of setups like a mangrove, river ecosystem. i really like the micro-environments. I just wonder if the anemones would eat a totally different food source than those in the tropics, i would say yes.
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Old 10-22-2003, 03:11 PM   #5
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i think it would be awsome to do a tank of our local waters. i would love to see it if you do get it up and running, i live in mision viejo. ive only been fishing in the kelp beds and such but have never been diving or seen any of the creatures that live here. i have no idea about where to buy them though. thats probably gunna be the hardest part.
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Old 10-22-2003, 03:23 PM   #6
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I am glad you guys are as excited as I am. The only thing is I don't really know where to begin? That is why I posted. Maybe I will try and email the Long Beach Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium. They have huge tempertae tanks.
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Old 10-22-2003, 03:31 PM   #7
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they should be able to help you out. do some research on the species that live here too. you'll be able to start the tank just like any other tank, just with a chiller to keep the temp low. everything else should be the same. im not shure about lights, im sure they wouldnt need as much light since it is deeper water, but i dont know.
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Old 10-22-2003, 03:36 PM   #8
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Yeah I know the light requirement is not nearly what corals need. Our water clarity is not nearly what the tropics are due to all the plankton we have in our water.
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plankton and old tires you mean maybe just use blue led's to penetrate the water deeper. You can always do water changes by driving to the beach Might wana find out how to feed what you get also since its probably not sold in stores but who knows.
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Old 10-22-2003, 05:22 PM   #10
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Maybe in norcal that's what you get. But the dive sites we visit are pretty much trash free. All the various groups grab trash if they see it. Now, if I wanted to do a Newport Bay tank that would be a different story. I would need some way to recreate the oil slick on the water surface and get about 6" of sludge on the bottom.
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