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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-25-2011, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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My Two New Babies...

….but they’re not cats!

Last spring, I posted about potentially getting a saltwater tank. Well, I decided to do go ahead. I spent most of this past summer renovating my home, which included installing a new saltwater tank. The renovations, along with the tank and its surrounding cabinetry, are now complete and, today, I added my first fish: two ocellaris clownfish, which I’ve named Nemo & Dory. Yes, I know, how original!

They’re both captive bred. I plan on buying captive-bred fish, rather than wild fish, whenever possible, in part because the captive-bred ones tend to fare better in a tank, but more importantly, because of the ethical and environmental issues associated with harvesting from reefs.

Abby noticed when I was putting them in the tank. She sat on the coffee table, watching. Once the fish were in, I held her up to the side of the tank and she tried to sniff them, which got her nowhere of course, since she was outside and they were inside. She watched them for a while, but she quickly lost interest. Muffs slept through the whole thing. I’m having a lot of fun watching the two new little ones swim around the tank!

Here is a close-up of my two new babies:



And here is a picture of the full tank, including the reef. Nemo & Dory are in the middle toward the bottom. You'll need to look closely, because they’re SO tiny relative to the tank. They’re each about 2 inches in length:

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They are beautiful fish. Congrats!
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Gorgeous tank and fish. What other types of fish are thinking of getting? I love looking at the salt water tanks in doctors' offices
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Wow, what a gorgeous tank and fishies!

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I LOVE the tank set up. What cute lil fish

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Pretty! I like the coral and intersting stuff in your tank.


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Nemo, how original

Seriously though, that's an incredible set-up. Love the lighting.

How are you coping with the daily water changes and mineral testing?
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What other types of fish are thinking of getting?
I'm still working on that. Fish are far worse than cats. This one doesn't like that one, and that one doesn't like the other one, and no amount of baby gates will make them like each other! I know for sure I want a Benggai Cardinal (see link below). In addition, I would like an angelfish, a butterflyfish, a tang and a few others, although I'm still researching who gets along with whom in order to determine which specific fish I will put in the tank.

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Nemo, how original

Seriously though, that's an incredible set-up. Love the lighting.

How are you coping with the daily water changes and mineral testing?
What can I say...Nemo just seemed to suit him! But, don't go asking me which one is Nemo and which one is Dory. Darned if I know. Interestingly, and many here might already know this, but all clownfish are born male. When they're paired up as babies (as these two are), the larger and more dominant of the two will turn into a female. So, over time I will know which one is Nemo.

As for daily water changes and mineral testing...not necessary. The coral reef that you see is artificial, although it's very realistic looking. Since there are no live corals in the tank, it only requires weekly water changes, and they're easy to do for two reasons. First, there is plumbing in the cabinet below the tank (drains, taps and an RO system), so the tank can be filled and drained automatically without the need for buckets (although we also need to add the salt mixture to the canister filter). The area where the tank is located was formerly a bar, so the plumbing already existed, which made life easy. Second, the tank is professionally maintained, so my fish guy does the water changes, which makes life really easy for me! I just have to test to ensure the water parameters are normal, which takes all of 5 minutes a day.
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Absolutely gorgeous!!

LOL. My question got answered with Huge's. I was going to ask how long you had to let the reef alone to grow before adding the fish, but you didn't have too.

Sounds like quite a set up. Be lovely to have something like that....some day....
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I love the 3d backing you have in there. I've been debating on getting one that looks like slate 'shelving' like my african cichlid's habitat in the wild. I'm waiting until I graduate to a bigger tank though. I WISH I had a fish guy to take care of my tank. As soon as I'm out of this rental, I will definitely be installing some plumbing to aide in the ease of water changes.


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