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Thinking of turning my 25g H tank into a saltwater
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Paleofish
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PostPosted: 2008.09.21(Sun)23:42    Post subject: Thinking of turning my 25g H tank into a saltwater Reply with quote

I was thinking of making my 25g H FW tank Into a SW tank and I would be making my own live rock and Live sand and At first the tank would probably just be a fish only tank and The stock maybe a pair of clowns and plus some inverts. Then as time goes on I may get the lighting for some corals.

The filter since this at first would be a fish only I was thinking of just using a HOB filter.

So what do you guys think?
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PostPosted: 2008.09.22(Mon)9:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's certainly possible, but I would urge a little caution about using tall tanks. Don't get me wrong, I like the look---but the problem is they offer less real estate for the fish and lower surface area for gas exchange. If I were you, I would start with a standard 29 gal or 30 long, and go from there... I consider 29-30 gallons to be the minimum size for marine aquaria, due to volume as it relates to stability of the water chemistry. At any rate, I wish you the best of success with your marine aquarium.
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PostPosted: 2008.09.26(Fri)9:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

interesting.
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PostPosted: 2008.09.26(Fri)14:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Slatwater tank is a 25 gallon tall. I have had great success with it.

My stocking is rather low, 2 percula clownfish, and 1 peppermint shrimp, plus a number of corals.

I have roughly 20 pounds of live rock, and wish I have more. The only downside is the small footprint, I wish I had gone larger, and will be upgrading in the future.
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PostPosted: 2008.09.26(Fri)15:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

FrontosaKing wrote:
My Slatwater tank is a 25 gallon tall. I have had great success with it.

My stocking is rather low, 2 percula clownfish, and 1 peppermint shrimp, plus a number of corals.

I have roughly 20 pounds of live rock, and wish I have more. The only downside is the small footprint, I wish I had gone larger, and will be upgrading in the future.



That's the stock I was going to use Very Happy But I have decide to not do the 25g H and Do a 5g Dwarf seahorse tank instead.
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PostPosted: 2008.09.26(Fri)22:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're a beginner to saltwater, I recommend you avoid seahorses, especially the dwarfs. Seahorses in general are known to be rather difficult to care for. The Dwarf Seahorse is supposed to be harder to raise than the average Kuda and Reidi Seahorses. Also, 5 gallons is way too small for a first time saltwater tank. You should go minimum 30 gallons as FloridaBoy recommended. Please reconsider your stocking plan and tank size.
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PostPosted: 2008.09.27(Sat)0:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

I respect your guys thoughts But The only reason they say DSHs are hard to take care of is. They need live bbs everyday and Besides that they are just like other SW fish and I know 5g are a lot less stable then bigger body's of water, But as long as I keep a eye on the Salty of the water (which is why they say to go for a bigger tank), Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate. Everything will go smooth.


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PostPosted: 2008.09.27(Sat)6:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a seahorse keeper. Let me tell you, seahorses are finicky eaters and they might reject live foods also. My two Hippocampus Kuda are tank bred and will only eat frozen mysis. They will not eat live foods, frozen brine, etc... Another thing to keep in mind is that the food that seahorses eat goes right through them. Seahorses need to be fed frequently to ensure that they are getting some nutrition. You're going to have to feed them roughly 2 or 3 times a day, depending on the amount of food you give them. The more you feed them, the more ammonia you'll be creating. you can't do that in a 5 gallon.

Another thing to consider is that seahorses are not completely disease resistant. A lot of the diseases that seahorses are prone to can and will wipe out an entire tank because they're contageous to other seahorses.

Please see the seahorse profile I typed up in the marine gallery.

http://www.aquahobby.com/marine/e_Hippocampus_kuda.php

Please reconsider your tank size and stocking list.
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PostPosted: 2008.09.27(Sat)17:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I've thought about it some more and I've decided not to do the DSH cause they need to eat everyday and That would really limit me from doing things like fishing and Going to fish shows and auctions.

But I'd still like to start a SW But I don't have room for a 30g Crying or Very sad So if you guys have any ideas on how I could do a SW feel free to come up and Post. Cause really the biggest tank I could fit right now is a 10g I know my stock list would be really short tho. So if you guys have any ideas on that please post. Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2009.01.22(Thu)5:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are about to start a 10 gallons reef tank then this is a thread for you. Read it carefully and notice weekly water changes, lots of fast growing soft corals known for their ability to uptake nutrients and definitely not more than 2-3 fish of the smallest caliber (2 A. occelaris and 1 small goby sp.)
http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=133238

If you have any more questions please ask.

Regards, Dusko
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