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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by gopack2104, Aug 7, 2012.
Hopefully have these two guys tomorrow to get that crap gone. Stock photos of course.
Got some cool things in today. Had the lights off all day to let them all find their new homes. Hopefully I can get some pics tomorrow.
Copperband butterfly, aipstasia eating filefish, couple emerald crabs, bunch more snails and a tiger stripped serpent sea star which im super excited about. Probably won't see it often as it will hide in the rocks but still cool.
Owsley saw the sea star for the first time tonight. Unfortunately it appears someone kicked his ass. I defrosted some frozen shrimp and target fed him and he went after it and then scooted back into the rocks. No idea if he's gonna make it or not.
We are having insane copepod bloom apparently. I don't believe it's unhealthy for the fish but man does it make the water look ugly.
I've never had an aquarium, but I've been looking at this thread and the different fish when I go to the store. It's gotten me interested in getting something. What would be a good starter set/fish for someone like me to look at?
Depends on if you want freshwater or salt to start. Once you decide that, then we can help breakdown to the different types of either.
I'm thinking freshwater and maybe add a saltwater down the line
Community fish, cichlids, planted or combo?
I'm not an expert at freshwater but I think cichlids are the coolest to look at.
I think Redav has a freshwater tank.
I was thinking community fish or cichlids. I doubt any plants, maybe 1. How hard is keeping up with a saltwater vs freshwater?
I would say saltwater is harder/more expensive to start but once you have it up and running, the maintenance side is not that bad. Especially if you aren't doing a bunch of hard to keep corals and stuff. If you do like killrbee7 did and start out with the right equipment, it goes much easier. We learned by trial and error (probably holds true for freshwater as well, don't skimp on the equipment). But now I've learned enough that I can keep our tank running pretty well even without the best of the best equipment (although we do have good stuff). Wasted a lot of money buying cheap equipment that I had to upgrade from anyways.
Saltwater wise the biggest lessons I've learned are; don't rush it, slow and steady wins the race; don't buy cheaper equipment just so you can get up and running quicker, you'll regret it and waste money; soak in all the information you can from people that have been doing this way longer, learn from their mistakes so hopefully you avoid them.
It's really hard to take a pic of a copepod bloom. I just want them to reduce some so the water doesn't look so crappy. I'm sure the fish and other little critters running around are enjoying it though.
Tried to get some pics to show the growth of the Lt Tang.