Advice:It's a good idea to research fish species before choosing fish, and join forums, read books, ask questions, and definatly learn about water chemistry before you set up. Give "fishless cycling" a try.
Description:Juvenile imperator angelfish.
Image captured at local fish store.
One day I will set up a tank for these stunning fish.
Rated #12: Saltwater Fish - Acanthurus Sohal - Sohal Tang Stocking In 75 Gallons Tank
Quote:Far better it is to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs even though checkered with failure, than to ranks with the poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows no victory nor defeat
Fish Kept:Banded Shark 7"
Vlamingi Tang 5"
Foxface Lo 4"
Blue Devil Damsel 2.5"
Bicolor Chromis 1"
(4) Yellowtail Damsels 1"
Blue Green Chromis 1"
(2) Turbo Snails
Blueleg Hermit Crab
Advice:Persistence is key.
I have had more people than I can count tell me Im too inexperienced or too young or that it is too hard and I couldnt keep sharks or have a 300 gallon tank.
Be true to yourself!
Throughout the whole time I stuck to what I wanted not what other people wanted.
Set high goals.
If you want a huge tank or cool fish you have to have high goals. As soon as you compromise your dreams is as soon as you are going to not have the dream tank you want.
Rated #14: Saltwater Fish - Sphaeramia Nematoptera - Spotted Cardinalfish Stocking In 110 Gallons Tank
Advice:Do not rush the water conditioning process. Many people (myself included) cannot wait to get more fish when they start, so they just add heaps of fish very quickly. This just messes up the water chem (too much ammonia) and the fish just die. So wait and don't put too many fish in at the beginning and don't ever put too many fish in at one time (wait at least 2 weeks between fish to let your filter(s) balance the new ammonia load). And wait at least 1 month for the tank to cycle (when you first set up the tank - at this time, DO NOT add any fish...you only need 1 or 2 damsels to help the cycling process...no more! or it will kill the process and make it longer).
You need live rock and a protein skimmer, so get them fast. Oh and get a tank with a sump built in if you can afford it, it is really hard to add them later (I know).
Lastly: Read, read, read and read...
Description:Lionfish - The large dark one is a male (I think) and the smaller white one in the back is a female (I think) because they have "courted" each other many times.
Rated #16: Saltwater Fish - Heterodontus Francisci - Horn Shark Stocking In 240 Gallons Tank
About Yourself:Started this hobby 1.5 years ago and it turned into an obsession! I really enjoy to come home and tinker with the tank each day. Everything is doing incredible. I even frag and give them to the local fish store.
Fish Kept:FROGFISH, SAILFIN TANG, BLUE MANDARIN, 2 PORCELAIN CRABS, WHITE ANEMONE CRAB, 2 SERPEANT STARS, TIGER CUCUMBER, VARIOUS SNAILS AND HERMITS
Corals/Plants:BRAIN CORAL RASTA LEATHER, MAXIMA CLAM, BTA,LTA, PURPLE FINGER LEATHER VARIOUS MUSHROOMS-- RICORDIAS, GREEN AND RED DISCOMAS, STRIPED AND MORE A FEW ZOAS, XENIA, COLT CORAL,YELLOW GORGORAINS, LG. GREEN TOADSTOOL, GALAXIA, FROGSPAWN, HAMMER CORAL, FEATHER DUSTERS.
About Yourself:I got into the hobby by a close friend. Basically he bought me my first fish. A betta, red, blue and black. After that i got into south american ciclids, Jack dempsey, oscar and others. soon graduated to brackish fish, needle nose gar, datnoid, puffers, scats, bichirs (not brackish, but adaptable)knife fish. Then i got a job at the local pet store. I learned the basics to salt water and gradually increased to a preportional size. Now i have a couple of years behind my belt in aquatics, Salt and fresh. But there is so much knowledge to be had and developed, i will never stop learning. I love to encourage and give advice to new reefers I have a small buisiness setting up and servicing reef tanks and love to problem solve.
Corals/Plants:Green Carpet anemone,
Green Bubble tip aneamone,
Pearl coral ,
Bubble coral (Green and White),
Frog spawn (branching),
Green Montipora ,
Green Stag Acropora,
"superman" moat danae montipora.
Blue polyp montipora
Ass. colors of polyps,
Pink, green and purple people eaters,
Yellow and green star pollyp,
Giant cup mushroom,
assorted ricordia, dicosoma, and rhodactus mushrooms,
feather, bubble/disc, red bubble caulerpa,
Bladed sea grass
other Assorted macro and micro algea