Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 10-25-2013, 01:18 AM   #1
member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Montgomery,LA (Central Louisiana)
Posts: 874
Im doing my mom a fowlr tank and im soo out of my comfort zone.


Click image for larger version

Name:	00M0M_f4W4WSoeMZm_600x450.jpg
Views:	189
Size:	25.6 KB
ID:	204127

Here is all i have of the setup.. ill be getting it this weekend its still currently setup and we will be bringing the rock home in tank water ..

My mom is asking 100 questions i know none of the answers to and research is alil confusing as its all different or sounds so technical .

Here is a list of what she likes and the clown fish pair and anemone is a must .

Starfish, Feather Duster, Urchin, possibly shrimp or/and snails..

Spotted cardinal,firefish,long nose hawkfish,orchid dottyback,damsels,flame angel,watchman goby n red/green mandarin...

Im not sure what will go with what or anything i feel totally lost
__________________

__________________
kjacks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2013, 02:24 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Bectan01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: melbourne, australia
Posts: 1,930
So your buying an established tank and moving it? And it's your first saltwater tank? There is so much to learn before you think about confirming your stock list (although that's the most fun part can you tell us about the set up? Filtration/lighting etc? Would be doing some serious research into saltwater maintenance, there are great articles on here about how to set up and maintain salt tanks. What else does it come with? Test kits? Anything else? Liveaquaria.com is a great place for checking out fish compatibility. I wouldn't attempt a nem until you have a bit more experience, they require high lighting and excellent water quality to survive, same goes for the mandarin. Wait a good 6-12 months before attempting those guys...
__________________

__________________
Bectan01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2013, 02:36 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bribo12's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 9,117
Quote:
Originally Posted by kjacks View Post
Im doing my mom a fowlr tank and im soo out of my comfort zone.

Here is all i have of the setup.. ill be getting it this weekend its still currently setup and we will be bringing the rock home in tank water ..

My mom is asking 100 questions i know none of the answers to and research is alil confusing as its all different or sounds so technical .

Here is a list of what she likes and the clown fish pair and anemone is a must .

Starfish, Feather Duster, Urchin, possibly shrimp or/and snails..

Spotted cardinal,firefish,long nose hawkfish,orchid dottyback,damsels,flame angel,watchman goby n red/green mandarin...

Im not sure what will go with what or anything i feel totally lost
I'd say about half that stock will work out. The mandarin and anemone will be the hardest to accommodate and depending on starfish, that could be quite difficult as well. For the nem we will need to know what lights it has. It looks to have an overflow so I'm assuming a sump? Can you tell us if it has a protein skimmer? Shrimp will probably not work with the hawkfish either and damsels are demons but that's my opinion lol.
__________________
20 Gallon SPS reef
29 Gallon FW "fat catfish" tank
20 Gallon Long Dart Frogs "Zig" and "Zag"
bribo12 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2013, 11:07 AM   #4
member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Montgomery,LA (Central Louisiana)
Posts: 874
ok lets see... the guy said it comes with a return pump when I asked about the sump.. but I was told by another salt person that theirs had both so it should have a sump and return pump I don't know for sure yet though.. Yes it is used and still up and running but I thought we would clean it as I know nothing about his setup and care and maybe not clean the rocks im not to sure about that.. I have been asking 3 of my friends that have/had reef tanks about the process ...it does have a protein skimmer again just not sure which one until I get it.. it also does come with lights.. it has the sand in it too ... Im going to get it this weekend...I have to buy her the test kit im gonna go get it before we get the tank .. and the salt also .

My mom also tells me today she likes the puffers too she looked at the saddle puffer.. the tank did come a saddle puffer and other fish but the guy is gonna keep all them and bring to the lfs for credit instead of us having to.. I didn't want to transport them 2 hrs and then have to reset the tank and it more then likely go into a mini cycle and us not have experience with this area ...

Starfish she likes are the blue and pink sea star and the indian star..
__________________
kjacks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2013, 11:16 AM   #5
member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Montgomery,LA (Central Louisiana)
Posts: 874
oh also she now wants plants.... liveaquaria is where I told her to start looking for suggestions..so she has stayd on there a lot and has been blowing my phone up..... lol
__________________
kjacks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2013, 11:24 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
huma-huma's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: washington Pa
Posts: 5,257
you don't need to transfer the rocks submerged in water. just soak a clean towel or newspaper in saltwater and drape over the rock.
sand, youll want to thoroughly wash the sand. established sand can trap harmful gas byproducts that when released, can cause problems.
clean EVERYTHING. use vinegar on the skimmer and mechanical parts. id pull the impellers out of any pumps or powerheads that are included. give them a thorough inspection and cleaning, reassemble.
lastly, corals are something that you prob are going to want to ease into. once the tank is setup and you get it running, id give it a few months before attempting some low maintaince beginner corals, then work your way up from there.
good luck!! tank will look amazing after its set up
__________________
my 125g Sw...Round 2!http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...220171-33.html
ever see someone cut a 125g in half??
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...-286438-4.html
huma-huma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2013, 11:37 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bribo12's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 9,117
Quote:
Originally Posted by kjacks View Post
ok lets see... the guy said it comes with a return pump when I asked about the sump.. but I was told by another salt person that theirs had both so it should have a sump and return pump I don't know for sure yet though.. Yes it is used and still up and running but I thought we would clean it as I know nothing about his setup and care and maybe not clean the rocks im not to sure about that.. I have been asking 3 of my friends that have/had reef tanks about the process ...it does have a protein skimmer again just not sure which one until I get it.. it also does come with lights.. it has the sand in it too ... Im going to get it this weekend...I have to buy her the test kit im gonna go get it before we get the tank .. and the salt also .

My mom also tells me today she likes the puffers too she looked at the saddle puffer.. the tank did come a saddle puffer and other fish but the guy is gonna keep all them and bring to the lfs for credit instead of us having to.. I didn't want to transport them 2 hrs and then have to reset the tank and it more then likely go into a mini cycle and us not have experience with this area ...

Starfish she likes are the blue and pink sea star and the indian star..
The return pump should come with the sump but it sounds like you have everything you need. I'd stay away from both those stars, the blue is a linckia which are extremely sensitive and the Indian is a fromia star which tend to starve and whither away in our systems. If you want a starfish go with a serpent star or chocolate chip. Try and figure out exactly what the lights are. Like what kind, wattage, etc... That will factor in for the nem.
__________________
20 Gallon SPS reef
29 Gallon FW "fat catfish" tank
20 Gallon Long Dart Frogs "Zig" and "Zag"
bribo12 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2013, 01:24 AM   #8
member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Montgomery,LA (Central Louisiana)
Posts: 874
Ok.. i go get the tank after work tomorrow.. i know she doesnt like the serpent star bc its thinner and creepy looking so ill have to look at the chocolate one later...

I picked up a bucket of salt today enough for 140g then i have seachems prime.

I ordered her a salt test kit , 200g worth of salt (it was on sale only local is petsmart thats open regularly) , hydrometer, seachems prime of her own.. figured heater and thermometer and fish food could wait until later if not i have all the above she could borrow ...

Is there anything i missed.. i plan to have a drip acclimator or atleast a diy one before fish come into play . And shes asking about more rock shes getting 50lbs of live rock he said but if i recall she needs more then that like double the tank so 180? What rock can we have ? When i google most info pops up is for reefs
__________________
kjacks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2013, 02:01 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bribo12's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 9,117
Quote:
Originally Posted by kjacks View Post
Ok.. i go get the tank after work tomorrow.. i know she doesnt like the serpent star bc its thinner and creepy looking so ill have to look at the chocolate one later...

I picked up a bucket of salt today enough for 140g then i have seachems prime.

I ordered her a salt test kit , 200g worth of salt (it was on sale only local is petsmart thats open regularly) , hydrometer, seachems prime of her own.. figured heater and thermometer and fish food could wait until later if not i have all the above she could borrow ...

Is there anything i missed.. i plan to have a drip acclimator or atleast a diy one before fish come into play . And shes asking about more rock shes getting 50lbs of live rock he said but if i recall she needs more then that like double the tank so 180? What rock can we have ? When i google most info pops up is for reefs
I'd say at least 90 lbs, look for base rock. Bulk reef supply has nice porous base rock. For drip acclimation I just get a piece of airline tubing and tie off one end until it turns into a slow drip.
__________________
20 Gallon SPS reef
29 Gallon FW "fat catfish" tank
20 Gallon Long Dart Frogs "Zig" and "Zag"
bribo12 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2013, 04:37 PM   #10
member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Montgomery,LA (Central Louisiana)
Posts: 874
Ok well we have some hiccups ...i ended up coming home with all his fish except the eel.. which included a flame angel, saddle puffer, niger trigger (i will be rehoming asap) , chocolate chip starfish, long tentacle anemone... i think thats it..
He also included a sump thats bigger then what it came with orginally .. he had been using for it.. he included a heater all the surge protectors and everything he used to run the tank EXCEPT the protein skimmer said he broke it ..

Not quite what i had planned...
__________________

__________________
kjacks is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:53 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.