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Old 10-30-2012, 04:20 PM   #11
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Sumps aren't a necessity but it does help a lot (even increases water volume) and I would go with sand maybe even mixed with a little.crushed coral if you want a little rougher look. When siphoning you'll just have to control the flow by pinching the hose or using your thumb to cover the end
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:22 PM   #12
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ok! so i guess the next question is what would be the best beginner fish to look at for a 25 gallon?
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:25 PM   #13
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Many people decide to go with clowns which personally I can't stand em even though I have two (my GFs lol) others would include gobies, dartfish, blennies, and damsels. A warning though, damsels are very aggressive and once added to a tank are very difficult to catch and usually won't take kindly to newcomers no matter what the size.
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Clowns, gobies, firefish, bangaii cardinal, chromis. Damsels if you want mean fish that are pretty
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:27 PM   #15
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Try going to liveaquaria.com and check out their "beginner fish" section. Once you find fish that catch your eye you can check their requirements and if you can meet those needs then write it down. Build a list of fish/inverts/corals you like and start working on a compatibal list which we would be happy to help with
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:47 PM   #16
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yes i have been looking at that a lot lately. there is a locally owned shop around me that ill probly be going to look at soon enough and im sure hell be able to offer some advice! i was thinking about some clown fish or maybe a smaller lionfish or even possibly an eel which ironically are all found under SW Beginner. i would like to buyin person rather than online but if i had to i would probly order from live aquaria
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yes i have been looking at that a lot lately. there is a locally owned shop around me that ill probly be going to look at soon enough and im sure hell be able to offer some advice! i was thinking about some clown fish or maybe a smaller lionfish or even possibly an eel which ironically are all found under SW Beginner. i would like to buyin person rather than online but if i had to i would probly order from live aquaria
You'll want a little bit bigger then a 25 for dwarf lions or eels. A 40 breeder tank is a good start for small predator tanks. Mrpillow has a great 40 breeder predator tank.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:54 PM   #18
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yes id figure id have to upgrade from it rather soon. with that said ill probly go with some clown fish or something simple to start with.
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I am currently running a 10g sw. Its a transition from my 55g while i build my 220 g setup. I am running it with a couple of pieces of cured live rock with crushed coral as substrate. I am using my old protein skimmer from my 55, basically for additional water movement, plus an additional powerhead. i do water changes about once a month. it is stocked with 2 clowns, thats all that survived the move into our new house. Both clowns are doing very well and the simple filtration setup seems to be working fine.

I will agree bigger is always easier....except when it comes to your wallet.
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would a protein skimmer be better than a typical hang on filter?
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