So you can have another tank, what's in it?

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So you can have another tank, what's in it?

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  11. Other (Comment below)

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  1. jlanger

    jlanger "The North Remembers"
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    TCMAS Weekly Discussion

    We would like to get more reef related discussions going on the forum. We will post a weekly topic to get the discussion started then let you all take it from there. The rules are simple, keep on topic and keep it positive.

    This weeks topic: What would your next tank be?

    Let's say you've been given the okay to set up another tank; within reason.
    What direction would you take in stocking this new system?
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    For many of us, one tank is not enough. We start off with good intentions of keeping this hobby within certain limitations and restraints, but as we learn more about the marine hobby, we loosen those limitations and restrictions and start dreaming of adding another tank.
    Most hobbyists start off with a fish only system, but soon drift into the reef zone. Is there another direction you'd like to go?
    So... If you were given the opportunity to set up another tank, what would be your plan and direction for stocking this tank. We can dream of a 20,000gal reef paradise but, within reason, what size of a tank would you like to set up and how would you stock it?


    Since many of us cannot make our mind, I'll allow multiple votes in the poll. Please describe in a post what you're thinking of going with.

    Also discuss what equipment you'd employ if you're striving for a specific type of aquarium system.
     
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    I'm out.
     
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    Seahorses for sure, very cool and human friendly.
     
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    I didn't mention within "who's" reason.
    We know you don't use much of it, so think as if you had Jonty's sense of reason. What would you do then?
     
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    I have always thought my next tank would be a larger FOWLR system.
    There are many fish that I would love to keep that are not reef safe. Someday, I would like to have a tank in the 400-600 gallon range to keep a collection of such fish.
    My number one reason for a FOWLR system is to keep a Harlequin Tuskfish. When I kept a fish only tank years ago, the Harlequin Tusk was my all-time favorite. The coloration and personality of these fish are well worth keeping, but it is their dentition (teeth) that is what I love about them. I would love to have one in my reef system, but I could not have a reef tank devoid of a goby and pistol shrimp pair. I've been tempted (many times) to add a small juvenile, but I know it's a risk to try it.
    Other non reef-safe fish include the larger angelfishes (Scribbled, Majestic and Yellow-faced), the Rhinecanthus triggerfishes, the Thalassoma wrasses, the hawkfishes and the beautiful Chaetodon butterflyfishes.


    But in actuality if I was to set up another tank right now, I'm leaning towards a species specific tank.
    After a quick discussion with Riley recently, I have had an itch to keep another octopus. I have kept two octopuses in the past and loved the experience. The interactions that are had with such an amazing animal is unforgettable. The only drawback is their very short life span.
    I kept two specimens of O. bimaculoides; Californian Two-spot Octopus. They're a mid-sized species that is very curious and intelligent. They recognized me if I came into the room and would come out looking for food. If someone else was with me, they would stay on the caves and peek out until it was deemed safe to come out.
    Setting up a tank for an octopus is a little bit different than a typical marine tank. You need to make sure you have quality water parameters as they're sensitive to poor water conditions, and they're kept at a cooler temperature. You also need to make sure that the tank is escape proof. Nothing out of the realm of possibility, but it does take some proper planning and research before taking one of these unique animals into your care.

    But since I have to tanks running now, either of these would be a long shot to have currently.
     
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    A tank where I can access all sides...

    I'm really up in the air about this, part of me wants to do a actual full reef of some sorts but the idea of all the tinkering with annoying corals holds that up for me. A 12' tank gets my excitement up, length over height/depth is my kick today. The thought of having to feed that monster daily, along with cost, holds up that thinking.
     
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    I did, I now have a 180gal Anemone tank, and love it
     
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    I would love to do a 3ft cube with a single 2ft (or larger) ritteri anemone and a dozen clowns.
     
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    I, too, am interested in Cephalopods. My critter of choice would be a small group of dwarf cuttlefish. Not only can captive bred specimens be purchased, but with the right set-up that includes sectioned off regions for different size/developmental stages, you can continue a breeding line, which would make up for the short life span. The trickiest part seems to be keeping cultures of live food items for the young.
     
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    yes cuttlefish would be amazing-
     
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    That article is part of my Safari Reading List; along with a lot of Richard Ross' articles. (Next Speaker Event! PLEASE!!!!)
    I have a small collection of cephalopod articles, magazines and the book "Cephalopods" by Dunlop and King on my bookshelf.

    All this talk of cephalopods isn't helping me stay away from another set up. Thanks, guys.
     
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    I'd like to do a clownfish/anemone harem.
     
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    BIG Jellyfish tank
     
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    I'm boring, having just taken down a system to simplify in Feb, I'm not about to start another. So any new tank would just be for topoff or ro/di storage. No new work for me.......
     
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    If I could set up another tank I would step outside of the Saltwater realm and set up a native species tank. I think it would be so cool to have a tank with a largemouth bass and some sunfish and crappies to look at. Would also help me get through the winter when I can't be out on the lake in my boat fishing
     
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    I like turtles.

    300G turtle tank crossed my mind the other day when my son was looking at the turtle tank in the doctors office. But then, that wouldn't really be another tank...
     
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    I would love to keep a Peacock Mantis Shrimp in a 120dd. My kids love the Mantis shrimp videos on Youtube!
     

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