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idgy

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I just picked up my 58 gallon reef ready tank. It will be a fish only with live rock.

Should I use live sand and how many fish could I put in this tank, I was thinking 5 medium size fish and maybe some shrimp and snails.

How much live rock should I put in the tank?


thanks :rolleyes:
 

NaH2O

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First things first - WELCOME TO REEF FRONTIERS!!!

Do you think you will eventually move into corals from your fish only with live rock (FOWLR) tank? My rule of thumb for live rock is 1-2 pounds per gallon of water. I don't believe this is necessary for a fish only, and you could add gradually as you go. The live rock will perform as a biological filter, as well as giving your fish places to hide and give you some interesting life to watch. I just noticed you also would like to keep invertebrates, too. Any ideas as to what types of fish you would like to keep?
 

idgy

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maybe some golden head sleeper gobies, powder blue tang not sure what else. Some peppermint, blood red or cleaner shrimp.

Do you thing 5 fish and some shrimp is pushing the limits??

Thanks!
 

Mushroom Boy

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I would definitely stay away from the powder blue tang. They're notoriously delicate with a poor track record. A 58 gallon would be too small for any tang, IMO.
 

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idgy...

WELCOME!!!

I envy you, I've been looking for that tank for so many months now... I really like the proportion of that one...If im not mistaken it has a 36" lenght? really deep... and not to high for reef use....

really nice glass tank.... :( sad face for me
 

idgy

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I had to check around at a few shops and then one guy said he could order it for me.

For me it is just the right size. Not too big and not too small.
 

Sealab2021

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they've got tons of those 58 oceanics are at renton pet & fish gallery. great proportions, but the retail on those are insane(no matter where you go) for just a glass tank and the matching stands you'd think it was made of gold.
 

Katchupoy

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I agree with you sealab... How come they are so expensive? and you cant buy these online because of shipping. too bad :(

I am eyeing a 40 gallon breeder right now... for $80 something....

:(
 

Sealab2021

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well they are very nice looking quality, and the stands are above average in materials. but a 58glass w/stand(no matter how good lookgin) for $550.. WTF?!?

I tried to get just the stand(for my 40 breeder) that are coming with those... they want $300
 

Katchupoy

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the reason I want a 40 breeder i s because I bought this 40 dollar gorilla metal rack from home depot... and it has a perfect dimension for a breeder...

or a 50 gallon that has 36x18x18 which i dont see a lot...
 

idgy

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I paid for the oceanic 58 reef readystand, tank, cap and light and glass cover top. I thought that was a large amout of money for what it is. But I was also going to go with a Tenecore reef ready and they are stupid money. That was running close to 1300.00.

Thank God for credit cards!
 

Scooterman

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Starting off smaller is a good way to get started, dumping a ton of cash before hand can be an expensive lesson. Seems like you have a good size tank to grow some fish, just take your time with it, & in the mean time read, read read.:oops:
 

idgy

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I forgot to put how much it all was, I paid 900 for all. Is that a lot for a tank, stand, light, glass top?
 

cookiemn

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Cesar,
I thought those gorilla racks were like $100. I just bought the big gorilla rack for my garage.

Erwin
 

Katchupoy

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Cookie,

Maybe the one you bought is the big one... The one I bought is on 36 inches lenght by 18inches with 4 layers and 8 pcs of legs.

This way you can make two individual shelves/cabinet or make one big one.

You can also check Costco....
 
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