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I am thinking about creating a small reef tank.
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30 gal planted community tank
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I have been keeping fish tanks as long as I am observing and I can tell that saltwater tanks is much harder to keep than freshwater.

Freshwater tank will survive 2-weeks vacation with your neighbor feeding fish daily, not saltwater. More practical would be to have a fake saltwater tank with African cichlids. They look similar to coral fish and having white send with shells or rocks will add to the illusion.
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More pics! :D

Mrs Karbs - fiddler crab. She lived happy and unusually long life of over 5 years, grew to large (by their standards) size and was always up to something. She is greatly missed.
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Cory catfish. They come in many colors and sizes. This is albino variety. Cuteness overload. They like to cuddle with each other and wink at you.
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Pineapple and Namibian swordtails. Beauty and elegance.
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Emperor tetra - my favorite tank fish. Beautiful and intelligent (for a fish :)). Some assorted balloon molies and swordtails in the background. Notice red fins and black bodies of swordtail girls? This what happens when you put Pineapple and Namibian varieties to the same fish tank. :D
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Bigzmey:

Really nice tank of fish and vegetation you have.
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Nice fish Andrey. 👍
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This is an old photo, but here's a part of our catfish pond, seen at feeding time.
(Hey, they call these ponds "tanks" in Texas...)
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Here's my 20 gal hex;
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Wave of nostalgia! I had a small freshwater tank growing up and then had a couple of Caribbean marine tanks after college. Had to shut those down when I moved and never started them back up. I did try a small marine tank a few years ago with some emerald crabs and such, but shut that down eventually.

I never had any luck with corals or anemones, so I'm always impressed when I see a healthy reef tank. I think if I started up again, I'd probably go freshwater with a boatload of plants and a swarm of neon tetras. Much easier and MUCH cheaper than saltwater.

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45 years too late for me. Don't even member what I had. I remember neon tetras, sword tails(?), guppies(?) and angelfishes(?). (I wonder if I got their English names right.)
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turboscrew wrote: Mon Dec 06, 2021 10:35 pm 45 years too late for me. Don't even member what I had. I remember neon tetras, sword tails(?), guppies(?) and angelfishes(?). (I wonder if I got their English names right.)
Sounds right to me. :)
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Hi all. Some very nice aquarium photos on here. Sheri and I had a 30 gal. tank and 4 angelfish back in the early 1990's for a few years. They were a lot of fun to watch and feed. And when we entered the room they always came to the top and looked at us as if to say hello. They actually mated and then we had lots of little ones swimming around the tank. But maintaining them while we were gone on a vacation or whatever became a problem so we sold everything off, although we still miss them.
PS. If you have an aquarium at home, also keep an eye on your other house pets. :lol:
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We have had a number of fish tanks over the years. At our last house we had a 6' tropical running for a few years. It had quite a few different species over that time. There were three bristle nose catfish to keep the glass clean (they are good for cleaning up brown algae) One died leaving a pair that spawned over and over. We were always giving away their babies!

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Just got started with adding Instant Ocean salt water mix to my 20 gallon reef tank. I will keep it simple with a water heater, power head with activated carbon and cotton sock filter. I will start the tank bacteria cycle going with the Fish Fuel ammonia and Quick Start bacteria products. A clean up crew of snails and hermit crabs will follow. A few weeks after adding the clean up crew I will add two tomato clown fish. One or two small fish will be added after the clowns. Once I can get some coralline algae growing corals will be added a few at a time. I purchased several water test kits as well. RO water is being used from the kitchen sink. A ten percent water change every week will take care of water quality and minerals.

The lighting is very budget for a reef tank. According to reviews two Coralife LED clip on lights will do the job with soft corals and a few hard coral at the very top of the rocks. I may only add mushroom corals into the tank. Mushroom corals are hardy and come in a variety of colors. They can thrive in low light conditions, and survive most aquarium hobbyist mistakes. This is fun. Left click the images.
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Back in the mid 1970's I had 3 - 30gal tanks and was breeding Jack Dempseys for a local "pet fish store".
Very territorial cichlid fighter fish (which is where I guess they got their name). Did that for about 4 years, until he went out of business.
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Refractordude wrote: Tue Dec 21, 2021 11:52 pm Just got started with adding Instant Ocean salt water mix to my 20 gallon reef tank. I will keep it simple with a water heater, power head with activated carbon and cotton sock filter. I will start the tank bacteria cycle going with the Fish Fuel ammonia and Quick Start bacteria products. A clean up crew of snails and hermit crabs will follow. A few weeks after adding the clean up crew I will add two tomato clown fish. One or two small fish will be added after the clowns. Once I can get some coralline algae growing corals will be added a few at a time. I purchased several water test kits as well. RO water is being used from the kitchen sink. A ten percent water change every week will take care of water quality and minerals.

The lighting is very budget for a reef tank. According to reviews two Coralife LED clip on lights will do the job with soft corals and a few hard coral at the very top of the rocks. I may only add mushroom corals into the tank. Mushroom corals are hardy and come in a variety of colors. They can thrive in low light conditions, and survive most aquarium hobbyist mistakes. This is fun. Left click the images.
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Good luck RD! When cycling the tank I would star with a couple of small fish. Crabs and shrimps are more sensitive to the ammonia levels, I would add them later, once your nitrogen cycle is established.
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