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My first saltwater tank build

Discussion in 'Marine Fish Only (FO) / Fish Only With Live Rock (' started by homedog98, Jul 19, 2011.

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    I'm new to the forum and saltwater, so I'm not sure this thread will be all too popular, but anybody that can help me will be greatly appreciated! Here's my plan:
    10 gallon tank, I'm using an HOB aquaclear 30 filter.
    I'm using a heater, a 50 watt.
    I'm using a 425 powerhead
    I was thinking 12 pounds of rock, probably 4 live, 8 base
    Now for my first (of many) questions lol:
    Am I missing anything? (other then a skimmer)

    For stock, I was thinking something along these lines:
    1 yellow watchman goby
    1 oscerellis (sp?) clown
    3 sexy shrimp
    1 cleaner shrimp

    Now for my stock questions:
    Can I have a hermit crab?
    Is there a difference between the hermit crabs you see in an on land habitat, or are the fully aquatic ones the same thing?

    I'm excited that saltwater is turning out easier then I thought it'd be, but I'm still researching and am looking for any advice I can get!
    Thanks,
    Lauren
     
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    i would only do a clownfish in a 10 gallon. also the hermits arent the same. they even look different. i think you could have 1 or 2. your gonna need salt and a hydrometer or refractometer. the rock sounds good. you might want to add another powerhead but it's not neccassary. i dont have a saltwater tank yet but before i got my red claw crabs crabs i was going to set one up.
     
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    Tricky questions. The short answer is, yes there is a difference and most of the ones you'll see sold as 'fully aquatic' are fully aquatic. There are some larger ones that are commonly sold that are 99% aquatic (although they never need to get onto land) but you really don't want one of those with a tank that size anyways. As for whether you want one of the smaller ones...it depends. All crabs are at best "mostly safe". The blue-leg hermits seem about the safest, but even they have their drawbacks. All hermits need shells, which snails greedily hold onto with their lives.
     
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    oh yeah! I forgot about the refractometer lol. I'm definitely getting one of them. As for the hermits, I guess I don't really want them, I was just curious as to what the difference was and If I could have one. For the stock stuff, I'd rather have the goby then the clown.
     
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    ok that's fine you just cant do both. i personally would do dwarf seahorses if i had the money
     
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    I actually know a place that sells them... Could I do those instead of the clown? Could I still do the goby if I did them?
     
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    i dont think so, but lets see what the people say. id just do 6 dwarf seahorses though.
     
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    Seahorses are probably the only reason I would do a salt tank. They are so amazing. But I understand them to be not very hardy and difficult to feed.
     
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    i think they will only eat live food right?
     
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    i'll do some research, but do you think i could switch out the clown for a seahorse or two?! that'd be so amazing, but i don't think i'd do it unless i could have the goby... that's the one fish that has to be there. the others are totally negotiable :)
     
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