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Old 05/20/2021, 09:57 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Yes ofc anything could happen and I have already done tonnsss of research over the years so hopefully I will make good choices (be strong when shopping!) I have no expectations of breeding SW fish, I just mentioned those things as they were my desire with freshwater. My desire with salt is eventually to have a nice reef with lots of micro life/invertebrates and just a few fish (have a RR 58g to get started so nothing huge at this time or prob ever cause my old house can't handle a much bigger tank) but for now I would start with a FOWLR to get a feel for it.

Originally Posted by Sk8r View Post
Happens in saltwater too. And some tanks perform well with one type, nothing to do with the care of the owner. I keep both salt and fresh (Amazonian) and a pond, and all I can say is success gets you enthusiastic and makes it not seem like work and failure is a downer. I can also say don't expect to breed saltwater. The cramped quarters (versus the ocean) and the tendency of saltwater fish to get really cranky when breeding plus a tendency of most species not to like competition for space and food makes it a good idea to really know your species and your tank before you get into that aspect of it. Or as I generally put it, Fish don't want friends. They want to rule the tank and they don't want a rival. The other point is---most are sold very young and very small compared to their potential. Blennies and gobies stay pretty well the same, around 3", but little cute blue Dory (hippo tang) can get a foot long fast, with a killer tail spike. Etc. Pick species you really like, exchange info with people who keep them successfully, figure compatibility, and buy a tank that fits them. Or if you have a tank, start asking what will succeed IN it and what extra equipment you need---sump, skimmer, and autotopoff with reservoir and lighting are your big new issues.

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