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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-16-2019, 05:30 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, So I have been looking for a new tank for my house for a little while now. I have more or less settled on another Fluval (love the filtration and have never had issues with these tanks) and found one second hand for a very very good price.

Here is the catch, it is a Fluval Sea Evo 13.5G (52 Litres for UK) and comes with a single Clownfish. Now I love this tank, it is the size that I have been after for a split tank to get another Betta or two at my house since people seem to almost constantly offer me fish that need assistance, my issue is that I have never been interested in Marine keeping but I obviously do not want to turf the little guy out of his home. My current idea is that I'll get the tank and the fish, I can convert the tank to a freshwater set up and look at possibly re homing the Clown..... but i ma not that keen on the idea, I am currently leaning towards keeping the fish and tank and when the little guy goes naturally convert the set up

So anyone got any advise for a first time Marine Clownfish Keeper?

Also does the Aqua adviser website work for anyone? I keep getting a 404 when i try and create a stocking list

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Hmmm
It is a huge leap from freshwater tropical to marine.
Not something I would be willing to do without a heck of a lot of research.
Of course, if you want to do that, then it would be a wonderful new adventure!

Otherwise it might just be better to find the clownfish a great home with someone already up to speed.

(plus there would always be the risk that I would get bitten by the marine bug too - and end up with marine tanks as well as tropical ones...)
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Hmmm
It is a huge leap from freshwater tropical to marine.
Not something I would be willing to do without a heck of a lot of research.
Of course, if you want to do that, then it would be a wonderful new adventure!

Otherwise it might just be better to find the clownfish a great home with someone already up to speed.

(plus there would always be the risk that I would get bitten by the marine bug too - and end up with marine tanks as well as tropical ones...)
Yeah I am very aware of the risk, I have put up a couple of adverts for a potential new home and will be picking up the tank tonight. I'll have the rest of the day to research Clownfish and Marine Clean up Crews.
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I have done this leap, though with Brackish water. I wish you luck my friend! =D
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Luckily for you, Clownfish are one of the hardiest saltwater fish going. Saltwater isn't much harder in all honesty, I often just get premixed saltwater from my nearest fish shop that sells it.

Quick heads up, keep an eye on the water level in the filter compartment, looking as if the heater is reaching its minimum waterline.
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Luckily for you, Clownfish are one of the hardiest saltwater fish going. Saltwater isn't much harder in all honesty, I often just get premixed saltwater from my nearest fish shop that sells it.

Quick heads up, keep an eye on the water level in the filter compartment, looking as if the heater is reaching its minimum waterline.
Thanks, yeah i have all my Fluval's (Spec II, V and now Evo) Water level's marked on somewhere in the pump storage area, people keep telling me it's an issue but i've more or less (with covers) minimised my evaporation so that I only do water changes and no top ups). As it was not a planned purchase I didn't quite have enough water to fill as much as i would have liked. However I have a 10 Gallon Container that currently has a heater and power head and salt in so i should be okay for this next couple of weeks.

Umm, I did not know that Clownfish are so aggressive, had my hand in the tank last night playing with the stone and it attacked me constantly. Didn't hurt but made me jump the first couple of times. I know Kojin is the same but I expect that. What a feisty little guy, it has made me fall in love with the little guy (still an assumption) and now am thinking of names (NOTHING form Finding Nemo) although naming him Nobody is tempting lol
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Yes, Clowns are pretty aggressive, and territorial. Mine has killed off a couple of fish, so she is now on her own. They are part of the Damsel family.
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Clownfish are a ton of fun to keep! Very personable and fun to watch!
Salt tanks are standard in term of care (weekly water changes, check salinity, top off when needed)
I probably wouldn't add any other fish in the tank, as it sounds like your clown is pretty aggressive (they can kill other fish, as well as other clownfish)
Welcome to the salty side of the hobby! It's just as addicting as bettas :)
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Clownfish are a ton of fun to keep! Very personable and fun to watch!
Salt tanks are standard in term of care (weekly water changes, check salinity, top off when needed)
I probably wouldn't add any other fish in the tank, as it sounds like your clown is pretty aggressive (they can kill other fish, as well as other clownfish)
Welcome to the salty side of the hobby! It's just as addicting as bettas :)
Indeed they are, a lot of fun infact. For me the salt water version of a Betta. The personalities are very similar.
Yeah the maintenance is fairly simple in all honesty, just need to get water from mt LFS on a weekly basis until I can create a mixing station. Reading up on it at first was quite daunting but I didn't really have a choice after bringing home a free fish.
I actually added another Clown about a week ago, he (definitely a he - or will be soon) was smaller than my current clown (assuming female - or will be) there was a small amount of squabbling but nothing major, they seemed to have sorted out the pecking order now and it has settled down nicely.
I also have a couple of Sexy Shrimp as a Clean up Crew in here, which are so interesting to watch.
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