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Old 12-05-2011, 03:11 AM   #1
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Want to start a big predator reef tank

Hey everyone

Currently I have a 75gallon tank with live rock

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2 clowns (pared)
1 copperband butterfly fish
1 lunar wrasse
1 blue tang (very small)
Anemone
And only a little soft coral

Heaps snails, 3 little rock crabs


Ok so I want to start a predator tank ie. Shark, eels, rays... Etc. Obviously not in the 75 I want to upgrade... So please post all your help with what are good stuff to add good sizes of tanks.. Any cool ideas

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Old 12-05-2011, 07:09 PM   #2
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How big are you looking to go? Some species of sharks need very large tanks. Rays need very large tanks with a large, open sandbed. I'm tossing around a very similar idea. I would most likely be building a plywood tank somewhere around 4-500 gallon mark. 8'x4'x2'. I would also put the blue tang in whatever tank you get as they need a little more swimming room than a 75.

This guy did an amazing job with his tank. Very inspiring build lol.

http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/fo...k-by-black-tip
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but even that tank is too small for that black tipped reef shark. it also should be round. the shark will eventually run into the walls and damage itself.
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but even that tank is too small for that black tipped reef shark. it also should be round. the shark will eventually run into the walls and damage itself.
I agree. It was stated on that forum that a bigger tank was needed. Mainly on a structural basis, he did a nice job.
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My lfs has a shark tank that is, honestly, about the size of my bathroom. Those guys are massive.
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do you really want a free swimming shark? you could put one of these:
Amazon.com: Intex Easy Set 15-Foot-by-42-Inch Round Pool Set: Patio, Lawn & Garden
or these:
24'x52" Intex Metal Frame Above Ground Swimming Pool on eBay!
in your basement.

otherwise, rays need a large tank too, void of rock. they need a lot of sand bed space.

if i wanted a predator tank, i think i would focus on cuttlefish. they are beautiful, and amazing. a short life span, but what a creature!
i would want a 200+ gallon tank, and something with a large footprint (not a standard 200+ gallon tank that's only 24" front to back).
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Allright so I'm a pretty realistic thinker and a small pool for a shark is probably bit out of my level ATM... I'm pretty keen on a 200 - 300 size but as you said a good foot print too ensure space what kind of predators am I looking at? Cuttle fish I think I've only seen washed up on the shore haha never in the water...
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Allright so I'm a pretty realistic thinker and a small pool for a shark is probably bit out of my level ATM... I'm pretty keen on a 200 - 300 size but as you said a good foot print too ensure space what kind of predators am I looking at? Cuttle fish I think I've only seen washed up on the shore haha never in the water...
Checkout snowflake eels and triggers!
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Cuttlefish are amazing creatures. Some YouTube videos will show you all you'll need to see on them.

It depends on the footprint. Some bottom dwelling sharks could be a possibility as long as the tank is big enough. Though at that size you could probably keep just about anything you want, provided they're all compatible.

I would do some research, see what you come up with for a list, and go from there.
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Yeah I was close to putting a snowflake in my already tank.... But my mate was gna flush his clown which is a bit small so I couldn't...
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