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post #1 of 7 Old 09-20-2010, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Advise for setting up a 10 gallon...

Hi everyone I have been keeping freshwater fish for over 20 years now and I am thinking I would like to maybe turn an extra 10 gallon I have into a saltwater tank but I have no idea were to start. LOL I know I want live rock that I can get at the LFS but not sure how much I need, I also plan on getting my water from them. I don't know how to go about setting it up what kind of filter it will need, lighting ect. Can I put in the rock, water and sand then a few weeks later fish? I will have to go slowly as I have the money. Also what kind of fish would you suggest for a small tank. Just please explain how I need to do things step by step so I don't mess up. LOL

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-20-2010, 04:13 PM
ask bear he's great with this things.ask him about the all in one
i had a nano like that.really easy to upkeep

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-20-2010, 06:46 PM
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imo, go bigger. i started with a 10gallon, and i had to do something almost every day. i could never get more then 1 fish to live in it, and all the corals will just grow out of the tank. also the tank was very unstable and i was having to fill it with an inch of water every day. i would definatly recomend at least 30 gallons total (this includes sump)... if u like the look of nanos i would look into making a big sump. it would cost less for a big sump with small tank, but it seems that if you already have a big tank, why not use it. i feel that a 20gallon gives you enough room for a nice rockwork and places to put coral, you can also have more fish and it will be way more stable.

if you really want to go with a 10 gallon, get an auto top off, and a sump, even if its just a hang on back, its worth it.

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imo, go bigger. i started with a 10gallon, and i had to do something almost every day. i could never get more then 1 fish to live in it, and all the corals will just grow out of the tank. also the tank was very unstable and i was having to fill it with an inch of water every day. i would definatly recomend at least 30 gallons total (this includes sump)... if u like the look of nanos i would look into making a big sump. it would cost less for a big sump with small tank, but it seems that if you already have a big tank, why not use it. i feel that a 20gallon gives you enough room for a nice rockwork and places to put coral, you can also have more fish and it will be way more stable.

if you really want to go with a 10 gallon, get an auto top off, and a sump, even if its just a hang on back, its worth it.
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i agree with all that was stated here but..... i must also say that some people do very well with nano's under 20 gallons...

while i appreciate the vote of confidence from various members i am by far not the expert here and only speak from experience and often attempt to point members in the direction of those more knowledgeable than i .. keep in mind i have only been reefing for about 6 or 7 months myself...

the most important step in deciding to get ready for a marine tank is research.... read all you can and ask as many questions as possible... i still read and read and read each day to get better at what i do and once i am comfortable with one part i move to the next and learn that...
for any one starting or thinking about starting i always recommend starting your reading here
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...shwater-31955/
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...g-sumps-15930/
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...ne-tank-35693/
these are the ground work for any step that follows from here please read these very well then come back and ask a few more questions....

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-20-2010, 10:04 PM
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hmm

if you have already succesfully kept fresh for some time why not try your hand at a salt....10 is small but wont break your bank...as bear said do some researsh....ask us some questions....i have seen many and keep a few salts 10 gallon and up and they do great..although you will be limited at first..not to say you wont have to work out a few kinks along the way but wasnt that how it was when first doing a fresh water ....and if you do enjoy the 10 gallon salt you can always upgrade...thats just my opinion...before i tried my hand at salt i was very intimidated but after getting a lttle wet i find it easy ...once again a bit off knowledge goes a long way....

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post #6 of 7 Old 09-20-2010, 10:07 PM
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salt

get a hygrometer, salt mix, a test kit ....wich you probably have....jump start the tank with live sand and live rock...and some used filter media for the filter and presto......

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-21-2010, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks everyone. I will read the articles that were suggested and continoe to do lots of research. It will be over about a month before I plan on starting the tank since I am in the process of moveing to a new home so I have lots of time to decide and study what I want to do.

Kindest Regards,
Amanda

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I have MTS and there is no cure.

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