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Old 06-06-2010, 11:30 PM   #1 
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Saltwater Tanks! Experiences, Anyone?

So I just went to visit my mom's friend who's husband is a pro at saltwater tanks. He's crossbreeding regular clown fish, saddlebacks, Darwins, and Picassos (I think that's what they're called.) He also keeps Shangai's (Again.. not sure of the names) Mandarin gobies, yellow tangs, shrimp, fire fish, and jaw-fish. He has 8 tanks full of salt water critters, 3 of which are full of clown fish fry, and they are all living reefs. They are gorgeous!

So we got into a discussion about our fish- I told him a lot about bettas, and he told me a lot about his clown fish (which were just adorable!)
I told him I had been thinking about a salt-water tank, and he told me how easy to maintain they were- the snails, shrimp, and anemonies and other plants clean the place up.
So, he told me that if I were to start one, he would give me some assorted clownfish (whichever I wanted) free, as well as some free coral rock and plants.
So, I'm thinking about his Darwin Clownfish.

I just love the coloring on them, for some reason. He keeps a pair in a 7-9 gallon tank, and they lay eggs every 2 weeks and they look so happy!

Well, sorry for the long post- does anyone else keep salt-water tanks, and are they easy to keep, what kind of fish do you have, etc, etc.
Thank you guys. I'm so excited I've always wanted a fresh water tank, and the Darwin's in pet stores are around $40 here, and the coral is obscenely expensive... what a deal!
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:43 PM   #2 
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WOW, Lucky!! I would kill to have a Saltwater tank, but I've always heard they're really expensive to start up. It seems like that's been taken care of for you, though! Lucky, lucky, lucky! Can I shake your hand, and hope some of that luck rubs off on me? xDD And maybe take your Spiri while there? XD
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:53 PM   #3 
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I'll happily shake your hand... but Spiri's gonna stay with me for the time being.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:08 AM   #4 
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TropicalFishKeeping has a saltwater section where all your saltwater questions will be answered.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:13 AM   #5 
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I might check that out, thanks. :)
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:14 AM   #6 
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You're welcome.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:20 AM   #7 
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I'll happily shake your hand... but Spiri's gonna stay with me for the time being.
Key phrase: FOR THE TIME BEING.
Doesn't mean forever :D

My brother had a saltwater tank about 5 years ago. The ONLY thing I remember was that when he was filling it with water he got salt fishy water in his mouth. Aha, needless to say I laughed.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:22 AM   #8 
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Okay... for the time being until I get tired of him... which is gonna take a while, lemme tell ya! But Codered's got first dibs on him.

Hahaha, I hate getting fish water in your mouth! It's disgusting XD
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:25 AM   #9 
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WHEWT! I got dibs! :D


Fish water, contrary to popular belief, is NOT delicious.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:27 AM   #10 
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Really? I didn't know that..... I find it scrumptious. Nothing like a nice glass of fish water at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mmm-mmmm-mmmmm!!
Heehe. XD
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