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Old 10-04-2006, 05:59 AM   #1
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PLEASE HELP me set up my 46gal. bow front

I have a 55gal. with african cichlids doing great. And a tall 20gal. with two damsels and a clown. Beleave it or not they all three get along (no GEEHAA). What I am thinking about doing is putting the damsels and clown in my new 46gal. bow front and adding a puffer. I am still kinda new at this so I really need some advice. Will this work? If so will there be room for a couple of other fish? I dont have to move the 3 amigos from the 20 gal. And a puffer is not a must. My favorite is the lion fish but I know 46 gal. is to small.
Somebody help me figure out the perfect setup for my new tank please. I dont like to see fish picking on other fish. I dont want them to be over crowded. And I want pretty healthy fish.
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do you have a place for the cichlids? make sure that you have a third tank because the 46 gallon is going to have to cycle for quite some time before you can put the salt fish in there. also, if you have used certain kinds of chemicals, i think anything with iron in it is extremley bad, then the tank cannot have invertabre. also, if you are going to move the fish and try to get new ones, have you thought about not moving the damsels? i don't have them myself, but a lot of people on this site don't recommend them. there is plenty of room in the new tank for them and a few others, but talk to some more people about which fish are okay.

i would first find a place for the cichilds, and then start worrying about equipment. hope i helped out a little. good luck and welcome to aquarium advice.
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I commend you for really caring about your fish. Alot of people dont care and dont worry about it. IMO I would leave the the fish in the 20 and use the 46 to have a reef tank. You`ll have to keep them there for a while anyway till you cycle the 46. Reef tanks sure do look good.
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What kind of puffer? They will probably eat most of your clean up crew. I think, they might be a little crowded in that tank.
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Old 10-04-2006, 02:59 PM   #5
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do you have a place for the cichlids? make sure that you have a third tank because the 46 gallon is going to have to cycle for quite some time before you can put the salt fish in there. also, if you have used certain kinds of chemicals, i think anything with iron in it is extremley bad, then the tank cannot have invertabre. also, if you are going to move the fish and try to get new ones, have you thought about not moving the damsels? i don't have them myself, but a lot of people on this site don't recommend them. there is plenty of room in the new tank for them and a few others, but talk to some more people about which fish are okay.

i would first find a place for the cichilds, and then start worrying about equipment. hope i helped out a little. good luck and welcome to aquarium advice.
I am sorry I did not make myself clear.......The cichlids are in a 55gal. totally different tank. The 46gal bow front is a new tank. The tall 20 gal. with the clown and two damsels is a thirs tank.
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I believe it depends on what type of damsels. What kind do you have now?
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I commend you for really caring about your fish. Alot of people dont care and dont worry about it. IMO I would leave the the fish in the 20 and use the 46 to have a reef tank. You`ll have to keep them there for a while anyway till you cycle the 46. Reef tanks sure do look good.
Reef tanks are beautiful. But I dont know if I am experanced enough yet to tackle that. I hear mega bucks too. Lights and the reefs are very very high????????I think.............However that would be my first choice. Reefs with my clown and maybe a few other small fish and leave the damsels where there at. But I dont have another $500. or $600. bucks to put out.
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I only have VHO lights. The retro fit kit only cost 250.00. If you take it slow like I have (nine yrs) you will be OK. Yes VHO`s will not allow you all corals but you can have a tank like this



Keep in mind that is nine years of work. You dont have to have the most expensive lights to have a succesful reef tank. We`ll help you along the way. Whatever you decide good luck.
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If you want to keep the damsels you could put a small puffer in there, but as was said before, they will most likely munch on your crabs and snails. As for more fish... that puffer will put a larger load on your tank, and the damsels will stay fiesty... so I wouldn't add more unless you nix the damsels. I used to have a small porc puffer in my 46 bow and he was the best little guy ever. However, I would not have been able to keep him in that tank for too long as they get rather large. Long term planning I would go for a smaller sharp nose puffer.
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But remember I have a clown too. And he is my main fish. He is my buddy............So we are talking 1 clown and 2 damsels..............Do you still think im ok?
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