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Old 01-06-2013, 02:07 PM   #1
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What do i need to start a FOWLR?

I have an empty 50 gallon. I don't wanna start a reef because I don't have the money or experience to to care for coral.

So I wanna do a 50 gallon predator tank in the next few months or so.

I'm just looking to get a checklist started. So any help is appreciated! Thanks!

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Old 01-06-2013, 11:17 PM   #2
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:00 AM   #3
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That sounds daunting! Oh boy
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It's intimidating at first, but it gets easier and more addicting of course! What might shock you is the initial starting up cost. Luckily, you won't have to get an expensive light since it's a FOWLR tank, but I highly recommend you invest in a over sized protein skimmer. That will be your highest cost. Good luck and there's always hobbyists to guide you along the way if you do decide to take this route .
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I really really really want to. Theres just no comparison in the sheer beauty of fish you can have in SW versus a FW.

Thanks for the encouragement!

Should I run a skimmer and a filter?
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No problem. A canister filter would be better, but I'm sure you can get away with a HOB filter since it's FOWLR. What do you want to stock it with?
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No problem. A canister filter would be better, but I'm sure you can get away with a HOB filter since it's FOWLR. What do you want to stock it with?
I was thinking a snowflake eel, a fu Manchu lion and a clown perhaps.

The only thing I don't like about possibly starting pred tank is that I think. They'll eat all the inverts :/

So I'm still contemplating a community or pred
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Don't know about the clown and the lion, since lions can eat anything that fits in their mouth. Man do I want an eel, but I have a mixed reef so that wouldn't really work out ! The only invert I know that would be okay in a FOWLR tank would be an urchin. They eat algae, but that includes the beautiful coralline algae. If you ever have plans for corals in the future I'd recommend going with a community.
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Don't know about the clown and the lion, since lions can eat anything that fits in their mouth. Man do I want an eel, but I have a mixed reef so that wouldn't really work out ! The only invert I know that would be okay in a FOWLR tank would be an urchin. They eat algae, but that includes the beautiful coralline algae. If you ever have plans for corals in the future I'd recommend going with a community.
What fish do you have??
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What fish do you have??
-Chromis
-Clownfish
-Purple firefish
-Hector's Goby
-Foxface Lo
-Leopard Wrasse
-Tomini Tang
-Banggai Cardinal
-McCosker's Wrasse (just added yesterday, hasn't come out)
-Randall's Goby (added few days ago, but hasn't come out)
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-Cleaner Shrimp

Pretty much done as far as stocking fish goes. Heavy stocking, but keeping up on water changes and have an overrated skimmer.
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