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Old 10-02-2003, 06:34 PM   #1
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what is a good setup for a fish only 20-30g tank?

i'm still shopping around, looking for tanks and the like, and i'd love an opinion.
i'm looking to own a fish only tank, with a few true perc clowns, some live rock, and sand, and i was wondering what type of lighting, filters, etc.. would be best.
also, how much does false or artificial coral go for(price wise)?
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Old 10-02-2003, 07:08 PM   #2
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Its always suggested for beginners in the salt water arena to get the largest tank they can afford. So if your budget allows a 20 or 30 gal tank then get the 30. The reaon is that a larger volume of water will be more stable. More stable water volume means less problems with fish disease and better water quality.

If you can go for a 55 gal tank that would be even better.

For a FOWLR you probably want to shoot for semi moderite lighting. If you do a 30 gal tank I would say maybe a single 96W PC bulb over the tank. If you go with 1lb of lr per gal of tank capacity your rock and sand will be your main filter and a good skimmer will help.

THe price of artifical corals is hard to say since such items have different prices all thru the country and with you in Canada I would have even less of an idea.
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Old 10-02-2003, 07:16 PM   #3
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thank you soooo much, i was kinda lost on the lighting thing as all the websites i've checked have different views, i would also like to add that i very much appreciate the articles on the site, i found them very informative and easy to understand.
i will probably go with the 30 gal, it's the highest i can afford on my budjet.
i'll probably shop around for artifical coral, but i didn't know if there were any trustworthy brand names or anything, as a few of my friends have had problems with inadequite false coral, the paint used to color them killed their fish.
but yes, thanks again so much for the advice.

if i might ask one more question, what do you find is the best, or most reliable brand of skimmer?
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Old 10-02-2003, 07:27 PM   #4
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Hi fellow Canadian,
A quick suggestion: don't go with a lot of artificial stuff... or none if you can ! Better have few then false... Sometimes and I have seen it in our store dead coral is very expensive and it gets covered with coraline anyway so go with some live rocks and buil yourself a nice little reef !
As far as skimmer I like the AquaC Remora and it works very well for me !
You can buy it on line at www.jlaquatics.com in Canada
Good luck and ask if you need more help !
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Old 10-02-2003, 07:36 PM   #5
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well, actually, i was only going to go with the artificial coral until i felt sure enough of myself and my tank to get live coral. one day, i'd love to own an anemone, but i reallly don't trust myself with that kind of high care responsibility yet, and i was probably going to get plasticlike coral,
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Sometimes and I have seen it in our store dead coral is very expensive and it gets covered with coraline anyway so go with some live rocks and buil yourself a nice little reef
i'm not quite sure what you meant in this (above) is dead coral better then plastic or artificial?
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No No live rock is not live coral ! I agree with you live corals require very special care !!!! Dead coral is what it is ... it is real but dead... so no care required.
Anemones are not corals they are inverts and yes they should be introduced in an well established aquarium but are not so difficult to care for !
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i'm a little lost lol, i asked if dead coral was better then plastic/artificial coral..
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I'm sorryyyy yes it is ...more natural look but more expensive and a nice piece is also more expensive then live rock so ....
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okies, lol, i get it now.. anyways, i was also wondering on a brand of heater, what one seems most reliable(in your opinion)?
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Get one that is totally submerged IMO they are better but it on only a couple of hours after it has been in the water so that it reaches water T otherwise they go bizarre !
Tomorrow I will be in Toronto !
www.mops.com and JLaquatics.com are good internet shopping places in Canada !
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