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Old 04-07-2010, 03:55 PM   #31
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Have a tank (besides the 3G)? Source of RO? Test kits? Familiar with cycling? Have the required income to sustain whatever you create? Etc, etc.

I feel like the cart is miles ahead of the horse.
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:11 PM   #32
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My sister might be giving me her tank if she gets a new one. I think hers is a 55Gallon, maybe more. Since we are discussing tanks, hers currently is being used for hamsters so if she transfers them into a new tank, what should I use to clean it? Is there a certain type of chemical I need to use? Can I use soap? I read a little bit on cycling but there are many things I don't understand like Ammonia, Nitrate/Nitrites...and PH tester is a water tester?
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:46 PM   #33
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55 gallons is nowhere near large enough to house a shark for any length of time IMO.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:54 PM   #34
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55 gallons is nowhere near large enough to house a shark for any length of time IMO.
+10 on that. You CAN NOT keep a shark in a 55! IMO a 125 is even pushing it. I did it, but only for a year or so.

You can keep a bamboo or similar for a long time in a 125 but a nurse or white tip will out grow a 125 in a year. A 55 would be tight for a bamboo IMO... But could do it i guess for a while! But you have at least a year of learning before you go that route i think.
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Even the smaller, slow growing Epaulette's should be housed in at least a 180g display. I would not attempt any shark until you have several years of saltwater experience allowing you the opportunity to learn and experience disease, animal behaviors, nutritional aspects, and water chemistry. I have personally seen sharks in too small of a system, 180g+, with severed body parts and major infections from aggression. Take it from someone who has professionally worked with Nurse sharks, Black-tips, Epaulette's, and various Bamboo sharks...they are not for average-sized systems. For example, ime a comfortable system for a trio of epaulette's (you never really own just 1) would be a custom tank of at least 300g.

*By the way, Nurse shark's and White-tips are born at 1ft+
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I know that I can't fit a shark in a 55 gallon but that is why I mentioned that 'I am taking one step at a time.'. Just like many people on this forum, I will eventually own various tanks. In my opinion, I think a 55Gallon is a good 2nd start out tank.
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I agree that a 55 is a decent starter... Just remember the bigger the tank the easier to maintain and keep healthy but more money for upkeep also.
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What size tank is good for sting rays?
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:13 PM   #39
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About the same as I listed for small sharks in my previous post.
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