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Old 09-24-2004, 02:24 PM   #1
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I'm getting my first SW aquarium, but I have to wait until december to get it . I've been doing research for over two months now and still don't know what fish to get. Two questions.
1. How long did you do research?
2. What fish should I get?

P.S I want a 50 gal fish, lr, inverts habitat with a dsb and a remora protein filter for filtration.

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Old 09-24-2004, 02:30 PM   #2
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I gotta feeling if you continue to research until December and watch AA threads, you'll be ready in December. What book(s) have ya read so far. I always suggest Robert Fenner's "Conscientious Marine Aquarist". Got 2 months or so to absorb that. 8)

Gonna do coral? That'll make a huge difference in the fish you can get too.

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Old 09-24-2004, 02:50 PM   #3
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I just started my first SW tank 75 gal bowfront this week. I researched and lurked on here until I felt I was ready. I spent about 3 months researching before I took the "dive" into salt water. Good luck to you....and to me as well.....
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Old 09-24-2004, 04:41 PM   #4
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1. A couple of months. But intensely.
2. I don't think anyone can tell you this--we all have our faves. One book--Fenner, I think? talks about choosing your one, must-have centerpiece species and then building the rest of your livestock around that. So is there one fish you just gotta have? Start there.
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Old 09-24-2004, 06:56 PM   #5
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1. How long did you do research?

I spent a few eeks reading before I bought my tank.
My tank is 2 months old and not a day goes by that I dont do some research.

2. What fish should I get?

Really depends on what sorta set up you are doing.
FO, FOWLR, Do you want corals.

Do you want aggressive or community fish?

The size of your tank will also dictate what you can and cant get

Good Luck, this hobby is a load of fun!
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There are some pretty cool fish you can get for a reef tank-if that's what you want. Clownfish,gobies,some tangs,some pygmy angelfish. IMO since I have started adding inverts and other "critters" into my tank I am fascinated with them more than the fish I have. If you want to keep inverts you shouldn't have any aggressive species i.e. triggers,large angelfish,lionfish,etc
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Welcome to AA

Welcome, I just got into the hobby myself about 3 months ago, and I'm loving it, you're in for a treat. Glad to see you're researching, it's definitely needed to be successful!

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Old 09-24-2004, 10:48 PM   #8
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I researched for over 9 months and I am still going. As for advice on what fish to get, I echo blorkiemom's statement from Bob Fenner's book and I thought of the one fish I absolutely had to have and designed my system around it.
Time to roll the dice.
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Old 09-25-2004, 10:05 AM   #9
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I would go get a good college text on marine ecology as well. The principles learned there will really help with understanding the inner workings of the tank. A book on Ichthyology would be really good too.
Here are two of my favorites:
"Shore Ecology of the Gulf of Mexico" by Joseph C. Britton and Brian Morton
"Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico" bu H. Dickson Hoese and Richard H. Moore
I learned Ichthyology from that Hoese and Moore book. The pics are great and the keys are good too. The Britton and Morton book helps to break the oceanic and estuarine systems into zones so that their workings can be better understood.
A good book on introductory microbiology wouldn't hurt either.
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Old 09-25-2004, 12:37 PM   #10
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The Marine fishes book by Scott W. Michael is great. He has come out with several new ones this past year also which are broken down in more detail. I would look into a reef ready system or have the tank drilled. With a sump setup and skimmer. Plenty of LR at least 1 lb per gal and a 3" sand bed. In smaller tanks a deep SB 5-6" serves no purpose from what I have read on this subject.
Adding the sump adds water volume which helps keep the tank stable and is a good place to put the skimmer and heater.
If your going with LR stay away from the wet/dry system, no need for the bioballls. Also if you have room a refugium is a great thing to add to any tank.
Read all you can on the web there is a lot of free and good info out there. I always double check any info I get before using it.... Good luck and keep doing the research.

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