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12/30/05 7:04 PM
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BigEyedFish
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Just got settled in the new house and bought a bigger fish tank.  Anyone else keep saltwater fish?  Addictive habit but so serene and relaxing to watch....Unless theyre eating eachothers faces off...

 

Tank with live rock.  Bicolor Angelfish front and center.

Percula Clownfish in front of Pulsing Xenia coral

Eel Goby school - these guys are awesome

True Percs - bought them to breed but they hate eachothers guts (bottom fish is 4 years old)

Bubble Tip Sea Anemone

Watchman Goby (recently deceased RIP)

Broad with big horns (not in tank)

 

12/30/05 7:06 PM
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I love saltwater aquariums, but I'm intimidated by the upkeep. I have 3 freshwater tanks, and they keep me busy.
12/30/05 7:08 PM
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lemme tell you, upkeep is a myth. If you stock it with enough live rock, the only maintenance is to add fresh RO water when water evaporates, and clean the glass with a magnetic scraper. I do maybe 15 minutes of maintenance a month. If you dont add high maintenance corals and keep light levels low, its easy to keep.
12/30/05 7:09 PM
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shit steam, I had a clown trigger and a niger when i started out. They make piranhas look like goldfish - vicious! But after a while, you get stressed out because they are so mean - you cant put anything in the tank with them!

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12/30/05 7:47 PM
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bad ass. ive always wanted to do a salt water tank but just never got around to do it.
12/30/05 8:17 PM
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BEF, how much would it cost to set up a tank like the one you have?
12/30/05 8:35 PM
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very cool, I have always wanted a salt water aquarium.
12/30/05 8:45 PM
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put a big eyed fish, big eyed fish
12/30/05 8:50 PM
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ChristPuncher, that would be so cool...I remember when I was in Costa Rica sitting in little pools on the beach surrounded by them. Wres, I used pretty high quality fiji liverock and that is just about the most expensive thing. Keep in mind that you build your tank - its not necesserily a one time cost. My tank as you see it would run about $2000.00 - $2500.00 USD range. To get started though initially you would put out around half that amount.
12/30/05 8:52 PM
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bigeyedfish is a bad sign - its actually a disease called 'popeye', and it kills them pretty good. Ive learned a few expensive lessons.....
12/30/05 8:52 PM
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How hard is it to keep an octopus? That would rock watching him piss ink.
12/30/05 8:57 PM
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The toughest thing about octopus is that they will find and climb out of the smallest opening at the top of your tank. My buddy had one that got out and walked about 20 feet. His wife thought it was dog barf and when she bent down to wipe it up, it moved. Theyre very smart creatures - but not all that active in the aquarium. A lot of hiding all day.
12/30/05 9:00 PM
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Cool. I may have to invest in one.
12/30/05 9:02 PM
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they dont need a big tank so it wouldnt be a huge investment to get it off the ground.  Let me know if you need any help.

 

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12/30/05 9:04 PM
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12/30/05 9:06 PM
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Thanks, I will check it out.
12/30/05 10:24 PM
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what about a shark, are they hard to keep?
12/30/05 11:29 PM
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Sharks are hard to keep because of how messy they are. They require a large tank (200g or more). I kept a 150G predator tank for about 3 years. Triggers, eels, lion fish, puffers, tusk wrasse, etc...
12/31/05 3:41 AM
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what about.. dolphins.. are they messy or just mean?
12/31/05 4:19 AM
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i had two sharks in my 100 gallon tank, along with assorted other fish - they did fine. dumbest animals ever though, but fun to watch. salt water tanks are not easy to take care of IMO. I won't do it again w/out serious help. I had some amazing fish at one time. my puffer was my favorite, huge mofo. me eel lasted the longest, and like BEF said, I'd find that fucker behind my entertainment center a few times....thought he was dead each time (and stiff) but I'd drop him back in the tank and he was fine.
12/31/05 8:08 AM
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What you need is a conus textile or conus geographus to liven things up.
12/31/05 9:11 AM
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Aaron, eels are funny like that. Ive heard a lot of stories about people finding them on the floor all crispy, then putting them back in the tank to see them rejuvinate. Strange... When I had my trigger tank I had a white eel in it that turned purple when he ate. Drop a couple of goldfish in and it was quite a show.
12/31/05 10:40 AM
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I had a tiger moray jump out. If you have a good skimmer, filter, UV steralizer, figi live rock, and good water movement, the tank will run it's self.
12/31/05 1:17 PM
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I have a 45 gallon salt setup 50lbs of rock 1 clown 1 fire fish and a assortment of corals to many to name this tank is up for about 6 years, 5 gallon water change every two weeks.
12/31/05 2:55 PM
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are freshwater tanks harder to take care of than saltwater tanks? I want to get started, but I know nothing. I want something simple, but with interesting fish to start off with. Not just shitty goldfish. I heard you have to clean the freshwater tanks every month- and by clean, they said, to drain it and scrub it and sanitize it. That doesn't seem right to me.

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