New tank--need help!

AprylWillis

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It does help! Is it bad to add some plants as decoration? I saw some red kelp plant at PetCo for 2$ a clump. They come with free shrimp as a package deal.

I also found a skimmer for 73-$89 with a 60 day money back guarantee. If I change my mind, the manager said I could exchange it for a full refund broken or not. It's for a 65 gallon and I will be creating a sump from my 20 gallon tank that used to house my fiddler crabs.

My main question is the lighting. I have been told so many different things. I really want to have fish and some shrimp critters. How well do those work together? I'd also like to start breeding later on, but I know I'm getting ahead of myself. I'm trying to find a light with lunar lighting attached to it.

Right now I have live rock in my tank, fiddler crabs and hermit crabs. I really wanted to attempt coral, but I'm starting to rethink that. I want to have a beautiful tank, but can I accomplish this with live rock? I want the setting to be as beautiful as its inhabitants and flourish. I mean well.

I have to replace everything since my octopus died. Everything is so toxic that I'm afraid of using it with fish. I am replacing the skimmer (once caked with gunk...I am assuming this was a terrible skimmer since I cleaned it EVERY day) and the light. It was meant only for the octopus, so I have to change everything over.
 

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AprylWillis;89402 said:
I don't know what those lighting terms mean: MH, LPS, T5, VHO.


I suggest you do some browsing on www.reefs.org in the New Reefkeepers Forum. It will be the easiest way to get a grip on the issues at hand. Just as we on TONMO plead that people do research on cephs before buying anything related to their care, Reefkeepers feel the same about corals. A 'nice variety of soft and hard corals' is not as simple as all that. Different corals have different requirements, and learning about them before buying will not only increase your pleasure and decrease your frustration, but will improve the lives of the corals.

MH - Metal Halide
A point source, screw in type of bulb. Generally recommended for the corals/anemones that need bright light.

T5
A new type of compact fluorescent lighting that people are having success with on softie/LPS tankds

LPS
Large polyp stonies

SPS
Small polyp stonies

VHO
Very High Output fluorescent lighting.

Lighting is a complicated issue in the reefing world. Have fun! :biggrin2:
 

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AprylWillis;89439 said:
It does help! Is it bad to add some plants as decoration? I saw some red kelp plant at PetCo for 2$ a clump. They come with free shrimp as a package deal.

If you like it, go for it. What kind of shrimp?

I also found a skimmer for 73-$89 with a 60 day money back guarantee. If I change my mind, the manager said I could exchange it for a full refund broken or not. It's for a 65 gallon and I will be creating a sump from my 20 gallon tank that used to house my fiddler crabs.

Depends what you want, and depends on what kind of skimmer. A skimmer in that price range generally is not worth buying IMO. They just aren't that effective. You would be better off finding something used. Also, is this from Petco? As I said before, most of what they have is not all that good.

My main question is the lighting. I have been told so many different things. I really want to have fish and some shrimp critters. How well do those work together? I'd also like to start breeding later on, but I know I'm getting ahead of myself. I'm trying to find a light with lunar lighting attached to it.

You really cant generalize like that. :biggrin2: What shrimp and what fish? Some get along great, some don't.

Right now I have live rock in my tank, fiddler crabs and hermit crabs. I really wanted to attempt coral, but I'm starting to rethink that. I want to have a beautiful tank, but can I accomplish this with live rock? I want the setting to be as beautiful as its inhabitants and flourish. I mean well.

Depends on the kind of hermits. :biggrin2: Some are fine with coral, some not so much.
Beautiful is subjective, so if you like it, its great. I have seem some beautiful tanks with no coral.

I have to replace everything since my octopus died. Everything is so toxic that I'm afraid of using it with fish. I am replacing the skimmer (once caked with gunk...I am assuming this was a terrible skimmer since I cleaned it EVERY day) and the light. It was meant only for the octopus, so I have to change everything over.

What kind of skimmer was it? Often skimmers need to be cleaned often. It means they are doing their jobs.
How is the tank toxic?
 

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We didn't know the octopus was dead for about 3 days. We were on a mini vacation at our local cabin. We came home and found him and the tank was covered in his muck and body parts. We quickly took out his body and cleaned out the entire tank--refiltered the water so that it was the purest form.

The skimmer is a coral life from Dr Foster.com and the other skimmer is called a Prizm Deluxe used on Ebay.

I really want to introduce peppermint shrimp to the tank and some basic starter fish like clowns. The hermit crabs are blue-legged hermit crabs. I just have plain fiddlers right now. I also have the lettuce plant added.

I probably sound like an idiot...but I really want to do this right lol
 

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I don't think anything you have is made unusable by the octos death, and the corals live is better than the prizm (the prizm seems to be widely regarded as a joke).
For the pep's and the hermits you don't need any special lighting. :biggrin2:
 

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