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Old 06-28-2004, 07:31 PM   #1
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What do I do?????????!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey, I am new to the aquarium world. I have never owned a fish let alone tropical fish. I am thinking about purchasing a 75 or 90 gallon tank. I want to go saltwater, fish only because Im new to this whole thing, and I heard invertebraes and coral is much harder to take care of. I have no idea what type of cleaning equipment I should get. Filters, protein skimmers, testing equipment, what fish can live together. I know this is alot to ask of all yall, but i you could tell me what type of equipment I would need and name brands that would help soo much. also maybe a link to what fish can live together. I love clownfish and angel fish. There are a few others I will get the names of. But any tips, info, advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all sooooooo much!!!
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Old 06-28-2004, 07:37 PM   #2
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The best advice that I can give you is to
1 read thru the articles section and other posts on the forum
2 get a book
3 plan your aquarium, what you want your tank to look like and design a system for wat you want. a fo easier and less money than a full blow reef. Since you are new i would suggest a fowler
Good luck
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Old 06-28-2004, 08:52 PM   #3
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read, read, and then read some more!!! get a book, look through all the posts, read the articles page, do google searches then make a plan, its not really something you can just jump into. I have spent hours studding all this stuff and still know only a little. My tank is 10 weeks old and I am still learning things. Also Plan your budget I got a great deal on my tank only cost $350 for the hood stand tank and filter and other stuff, It would have cost about $1300 at the LFS. Regardless I have spent $2411.95 so far and still havent bought corals yet.
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Eheim 2213 filter
CPR Bak Pak Protein skimmer
Rena 200 watt heater
T-5 Ligihting
(2) 54 watt
(2) 36 watt
Water General RO+DI
(4) Homade Moonlights LED 470nm
87# Live Rock Gulf, Keys, Bali
80# Crushed Coral with Aragonite
(2) Percula Clownfish
(1) 3 Spot Domino Damselfish
(2) Yellowtail Damselfish
(2) Sargent Major Damselfish
(1) Choclate Chip Starfish
(3) Brittle Stars
Lots of Snails and Hermit Crabs (Not Identified)
(5) Crab (Not Identified)
(2) Black Urchin
(10) Dwarf Red tipped Hermit crabs
(7) Scarlet Reef Hermit Crabs
(9) Mexican Turbo Snails
(3) Peppermint Shrimp
Lots of other stuff (Not Identified)
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Buy a copy of The Conscientious Marine Aquarist by Robert Fenner and go from there.
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Old 06-29-2004, 01:01 AM   #5
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Here's a link on "Checklist Of Items For Starting a Saltwater Aquarium"

website:
http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/bco...lqachklist.htm

and also "How To Set Up A Saltwater Aquarium In 10 Easy Steps"

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http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/beg...a/aa011602.htm

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thanks for all the help, just picked up the robert fenner book. I appreciate all the help!
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