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*Pictures!* Pong's 40B Tank

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Current Livestock

  • Sunburst Anthias
  • Cleaner Wrasse (Juanita)
  • Linespot Flasher Wrasse Harem (MFF)
  • Tomato Clownfish
  • Bangaii Cardinal
  • 2x Rainbow/Rose Bubble Tip Anemone

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are those heaters filled with black sand?

 

also, does your lion have a name :flower:?

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You should try and find one yellow and one red fuzzy that would be super neat.

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With the summer ending soon, I decided that I should start setting up my lionfish tank. I want to have the tank ready for when I move in to my house next semester, so that I can fill up the tank and get things started ASAP.

 

I already purchased the 40B a while back at the beginning of Petco's $1 per gallon sale, and I painted the back of the tank yesterday afternoon.

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Eventually I hope to fill this beauty with a few dwarf lions. Either two fuzzies, a MFF group of fuzzies, or one zebra and one fuzzy dwarf. They torment me every time I visit the LFS and I keep having to resist buying them! BUT SOON!

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Anyways, I also just purchased a cheap POS light fixture from aquatraders. Since the tank is just going to be a FOWLR with my lions, I don't need any fancy lighting. I went ahead and bought http://www.aquatraders.com/36-inch-2x39W-T...ure-p/52122.htm.

 

But now I'm wondering what type of powerheads and heater I should get. I've been thinking about two 100W tetra heaters and two korallia 750.

http://www.bigalsonline.com/Fish_Temperatu...82.html?tc=fish

http://www.bigalsonline.com/Koralia-Evolut...LineId=94735361

 

What do y'all think about that? I've heard that lions don't like too much flow, but I think that these will suffice. And as for the heaters, I was thinking I'd prefer two smaller heaters compared to a single larger one (just-in-case), and I've never had anything but good results with the tetra heaters so far. *knock on wood*

 

I'm still trying to decide what I'm going to do for a skimmer. If I don't feel up to buying something new, I might just move the Aqua C Remora that's currently on my 20L reef over to this tank.

 

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You should try and find one yellow and one red fuzzy that would be super neat.

 

Haha, I'll try, but the yellow ones are really hard to come by. I did manage to find a red one this weekend while I was making my weekly fish store stops, but I couldn't take him home with me :'(. The tank still won't be ready till mid-late September :'(.

 

are those heaters filled with black sand?

 

also, does your lion have a name :flower:?

 

I think so. Why? I've been using the tetra heaters for 3-4 years now and haven't had any issues with them. That's more than I can say for most heaters that I've tried.

 

I wish that was my lion lol. It was just one of the many hypnotic fish that torment me every time I visit the LFS haha. I will however be in need of a few good names to give my lions once they are in fact, mine.

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name yours Chester.

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name yours Chester.

 

 

Haha I actually really like that name and might steal it. :P

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Or Winchester if he's fat.

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Or Winchester if he's fat.

 

Haha believe me, I'll make him fat! But I prefer just plain Chester.

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Hey Pong, I saw a yellow and orange dwarf fuzzy this past weekend and it was by far the coolest fish I have ever seen. Hands down.

 

Good luck with this.

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Hey Pong, I saw a yellow and orange dwarf fuzzy this past weekend and it was by far the coolest fish I have ever seen. Hands down.

 

Good luck with this.

 

 

Haha, I've got friends out in Denver and Golden, maybe I should get one of them to buy it for me and hold on till I'm ready :P

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The lights arrived today.

 

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Now I just need to order my heaters and power heads. I'm thinking I'll do 2x Koralia 550s since lions don't like that much flow. If it's not enough, I have a few smaller power heads laying around that I can throw in the tank.

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I've thought about it, but I'm not sure I want to run the risk of the puffers nipping at my lion's fins. I might get one after I've had the lions for a month or two and see how things work out. They're definitely interesting fish, that's for sure.

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so purdy

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Well I think I'll order the power heads and heaters tomorrow in addition to my sand. I've been thinking about doing black sand, but I read too many comments that fish poo and other crap will show up on it. Therefore, I'm deciding on ordering 2x 20lb bags of http://www.bigalsonline.com/Fish_Substrate...ds.html?tc=fish.

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Got even more goodies for my lion tank this morning :)

 

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PS: Does anyone have experience with an American eel? I caught one a few weeks ago during a field research trip, and decided to keep him. Right now he's in a FW tank, but I was curious if anyone has ever raised them in a fully marine setting. I know that they're catadramous and naturally migrate to saltwater to breed, but I was curious if anyone has legitimately raised them in saltwater. I've read that people have done it before, and studies have proved that it actually increases their growth rate. But my question is... Does anyone on this site have any first hand experience?!

 

Here's a pic of my little guy eating some frozen blood worms.

 

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my brother had a lion fish in his 29 gallon, very awesome fish.

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my brother had a lion fish in his 29 gallon, very awesome fish.

 

Yea. They're my favorite fish. Well, not necessarily the dwarfs, but I've grown to love them almost equally as much. Since I'm still in college, I don't have the room to set up a larger tank to house the big boys.

 

Anyways, they're so hypnotic! I can't wait till I get them in my tank. I just received my another AquaC Remora that I'll be using for this tank. It came with a preskimmer attachment too (Surface skimmer), but I may end up using that attachment for my Remora on my 20L.

 

I also was contacted by a local reefer who has some pest free live rock for sale at $2 a pound, so I'll probably that as opposed to buying a bunch of macro rock.

 

Current Plan: Move the tank to my house on August 10th or 11th. Fill up with water, sand, and rock on the 11th. Leave for Houston from the 12th - 27th. 50% water change and water testing on the 27th. If all parameters are good to go, DWARF LIONS BY EARLY SEPTEMBER! fingerscrossed:haha:omgomgomg:haha:fingerscrossed

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Sand arrived today!

 

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Less than a month away from my dwarfs.... It's bad. I'm not patient at all. I have to cope with youtube videos of them until I get my own.

 

Good news, I can set up the tank on the 10th! tick tock tick tock

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CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP!!!

 

As I was moving my tank upstairs into my house, extremely excited to fill it with water and set it up...... this happened:

 

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As I was walking up the stairs I bumped it against the wall and FML.

 

It looks like I need to buy another tank since it sounds really difficult to replace the glass pane. I found a guy on craigslist whose selling them for $65 a piece. Hopefully he'll respond to me tonight.

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Well I ended up getting a new tank today and setting that up instead.

 

I'm going to pick up some LR and fill the tank with sand later tonight, but here's a current picture of the tank. I'm still trying to get the right salinity at the moment.

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Just put the sand in. d0ada85e.jpg

 

I tried to reduce the cloudiness by placing the bags in the water and pouring the sand out that way. it worked great until I tried to even out the sand with my hand haha. but anyways, I'll get some LR tonight and post a few aquascapes tomorrow; or maybe tonight depending on how fast my water clears up. The sand came with that biomagnetic crap that says helps clarify the water quicker. We shall see.

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Here's a pic of the tank with the rocks. It's still too cloudy to scape it though.

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Alright. I scaped it last night, but once the water cleared this morning, I didn't think that the structure was stable enough. That and it didn't have enough caves for my dwarfs.

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So I ended up rescaping to create some caves and overhangs for them.

 

Sorry that the water is cloudy again.

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Cave 1

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Cave 2 (Has 2 entrances. One on each side of the middle rock.)

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Cloudy Side View

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