12 Gallon FOWLR for My Dad

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    mikewurtz FOWLR Power! VIP Member

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    Wasn't sure where to put this, but since it has the potential to become a (small) build thread, I'll put it here.

    First, backstory:

    When I was a little boy my dad had a SW tank that I'm guessing, from memory, was about 75 gallons or so. Long story short, around 1986 my older brother ( he was 5 at the time) crashed the tank by filling it with toilet paper and magazines while everyone else was sleeping. Horrible, horrible day from what I remember.

    Anyway, these days my dad is getting really ill and has to miss a lot of work due to surgeries and the like. My mom asked for some advice on helping her get him into a hobby instead of just watching TV on the days where he can't work. I suggested that I get him an aquarium because he has always wanted one since his old one crashed.

    So, for father's day, my siblings and I are pooling our funds and getting my dad a FOWLR tank.

    Here is what I'm planning:

    A 12 Gallon tank ( Eclipse System 12 Aquarium ) with a package from tampa bay saltwater. 2 or 3 small fish.

    That being said, I'd like suggestions on three things:

    #1. The setup itself. As I said before, my dad feels crummy a lot and I want to get him a setup that will be relatively easy to maintain. He LOVES to tinker with things and he is well enough to handle normal maintenance.

    #2 Which fish to put in there. Again, easy to care for, but enjoyable to observe.

    #3 I'm making a list of supplies to stock him up on so he won't have to go to the LFS for a few months.
     
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    Sharkie The Damsel Defender

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    get a pair of clowns :) they are enjoyable to watch and have lots of personality :)
     
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    Toolman RESPECT MY AUTHORITAH

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    Good idea I agree with the clowns my favorite fish after clowns .I have a diamond gobie I can sit and watch him turn over the sand all day long. Remember when you get sand get small grain. Hope it works out for you and your dad.
     
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    wontonflip I failed Kobayashi Maru

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    I don't care if the brat was just 5 at the time, you should make HIM pay for it all :mrgreen:
     
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    The smaller the tank, the more difficult it will be to maintain. How about a 29 gallon BioCube or something like that instead? Something larger will be easier to take care of, and you can put more fish in it.
     
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    A very noble idea.

    I agree with Biff.Can you guys pool together and go with something a little bigger which would make it easier to maintain.
     
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    mikewurtz FOWLR Power! VIP Member

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    Thank you all, great ideas. I'll price some larger tanks and see if it's possible. That 12 gallon is on sale for $84 though *pout*
     
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    Check Craigslist usually can find good deals there.
     
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    +1 super, I love my tank but I probably could have gotten started much cheaper if I had looked there first
     
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    mikewurtz FOWLR Power! VIP Member

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    Ok, I ordered everything this past weekend from Fosters & Smith and it should be at my doorstep tomorrow!! I'll post pics as I set-up.

    One quick question, what kind of flow should you have in a little 12 gallon? A guy at the LFS said in a tank that small the return from the filter is enough flow. Surely that's not right...
     
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    Nah, you still need a powerhead. A Koralia 1 or a little MaxiJet should do the trick.
     
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    If you're only doing a FOWLR tank then the power head it comes with should be enough. I have that same tank only with the upgraded lighting and I run it with no problems.
     
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    mikewurtz FOWLR Power! VIP Member

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    Just got everything in today. Buying live rock tomorrow and kicking off the cycle.

    For now, a boring teaser pic:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Congrats.I'm sure he'll love it.
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Now the fun begins.:D
     
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    Thats such an awesome gift!
     
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    mikewurtz FOWLR Power! VIP Member

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    Rocks are in and it's gotten clearer ( for the most part )

    [​IMG]
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Purr-de :d
     
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    Looks good!
     
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    Looking excellent!
     
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