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Old 08-05-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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What Size Tank To Get

I have been doing research for a while and I have decided to get a saltwater tank. I have had a freshwater tank for a while and think I am ready to start on saltwater. I want to get a tank that will also be able to hold coral. I don't have room for a super big tank so I know no big fish and no tangs unless the tank is very long, so I can only get small fish. My list so far is 2 oscellaris clownfish, 2 firefish (one red and one purple), 1 pj/ spotted cardinal, 1 neon blue goby, 1 kaudern's cardinal, and 1 yellow clown goby. I am thinking about adding maybe 3 more small fish, so if you can recommend a good sized tank for all this fish, I would be very grateful.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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Not sure on what size for the list you have but if I had to suggest anything it would be to go as big as your pocket or pocketbook can support as long as it fits into the space you have for it.
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:17 PM   #3
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I'd say anywhere from a minimum 29g and up in size. If you went with a 29g then that would be a stocked tank with no room for more fish.
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:35 PM   #4
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I'd go with at least a 55 gallon, if not larger. Any mistakes you may make along the way won't be as noticable with the larger volume of water.
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75g IMO is the best first tank. Adds much more width then a 55 allowing for much more stunning rockwork and also a better variety of fish. It is the same length and height as a standard 55, but 6" wider. This also allows you to fit a larger tank such as a 40 breeder in the stand as your sump
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:09 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice. If I were to get a 55 to 60 gallon tank with coral and live rock how many more small fish like goby or blenny do you think I would be able to put in there.
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:51 PM   #7
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I have a 55g with 2x clowns, a bennet's puffer, a spotted cardinal, a rainsfords goby and a purple firefish and that is considered fully stocked by some. An under stocked or lightly stocked tank is going to be much easier to look after, if you want more fish - go bigger! Good news is your fish selection are all reef safe, do you plan on having corals?
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:55 PM   #8
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Oh I see in your previous post you would like corals too! Lovely, best advice is do plenty of research, don't rush into anything and be prepared to drop some cash. It will be worth it though
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:03 PM   #9
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How many small 3 inch fish would I be able to keep in a 55 gallon. Tank as I am only planning on getting small fish?
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:07 PM   #10
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You also have to remember, the bigger the tank, the stronger light your gonna need. Lights for coral get expensive. If you do a 29g or 36 bowfront then that stock plus no more fish will be perfect. The light will be smaller and cheaoer and upkeep will be a bit easier.
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