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Is this to many fish for this tank?
Old 01-06-2008, 07:34 PM   #11
 
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K is live sand better than crushed coral or is crushed coral good too?
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Old 01-06-2008, 10:38 PM   #12
 
id prolly do half live sand half aragonite. you dont have to use the live sand but it can help seed the tank with more bacteria for the nitrogen cycle and you may get a small population of pods from the sand.
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Old 01-07-2008, 01:54 PM   #13
 
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Long term the live sand is going to be a much better choice and easier to keep that size of a tank stable. You won't get the biological filtration from crushed coral, and I notice nobody has mentioned yet that the smaller the tank size in saltwater the more difficult it becomes to keep stable and healthy.
Everyone has given awesome advice to you thus far... and I would still add the power head even in the 10 gallon, just make it a small one so it's not over powering. The better your circulation the easier it will be to keep this size of a tank healthy. Rio puts out a decent line of power heads that are not unsightly to look at and have many size options. I have used these in saltwater for many years, and I've been very happy with them.

If you get 1 clown for a 10 gallon be sure it's ocellaris only... and just the 1. That is all you will fit into the tank for fish. Ocellaris is the smallest of the clowns, and the females still reach up to 5 inches full grown.
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Old 01-07-2008, 04:51 PM   #14
 
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So today I went to a pet store and found a really cool Item that just came out and its made for small salt water tanks. Its called blue water and is a product that has everything already premixed in it. Its $12 for a 5lbs bag. They told me u could put fish in the tank as little as a week after setting it up. So I am kind of looking into doing that.
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Old 01-07-2008, 05:04 PM   #15
 
ive never heard of the stuff but before you add any livestock make sure your params are all stable and stay that way then add livestock very slowly. what exactly is this stuff.
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Old 01-07-2008, 10:58 PM   #16
 
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I've never heard of it either, and I have to ask... who makes it? What are the ingredients listed?
Anyone who tells me there is enough of something to put the fish into the tank safely after only a week, especially with saltwater... makes me wonder how much of my money they're trying to steal. Blue water, green water, plain tap water... the point is, it still has to cycle.
The only product I know of that reduces cycling time and actually works is a product called BioSpira. This is a heavy concentration (liquid) of live beneficial bacteria, and it is put in with the fish... but only within reason. Too much ammonia or put in too long after the fish and high ammonia will kill the bacteria, which only makes for more of a mess in the end.

The best thing to have right now is patience...
What can you tell us about the blue water product?
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Old 01-07-2008, 11:29 PM   #17
 
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I dont know much I havent done any research all I know is the lady at the pet store said its a brand new product.
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Old 01-07-2008, 11:56 PM   #18
 
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I would be very leery of it until I knew what it was. My suggestion to you is to find out about it before trusting in it, or her. Most stores will push a new product without finding out for sure if it really works... which makes the customers the guinea pigs... at the customer's expense. There is too much to lose to risk something like that... as I stated before, no matter what is in it for combination of chemicals, that tank still has to go through the cycle, there is no way to avoid that. Putting fish into an uncycled saltwater tank... putting anything alive in an uncycled saltwater tank is asking for trouble right from day 1.
We in this forum stand firm in our beliefs because we know from both education and experience about this stuff. Some of us, like me, do this for a living, and it is our career. We understand just how much there is to lose, and after working in this industry for so long, I have seen the things that stores do and customers don't know about. You wouldn't believe the stories I could tell.. If you decide to use this stuff without knowing for sure what it is and how it is supposed to work, I would call that very irresponsible, and tell you to expect to spend an awful lot of money on your tank and animals, and also expect to do a lot of unnecessary work. We don't advise you to slow down, be patient, or learn about something first just to make you wait, I promise. lol We do it because we really care about what happens to you and your new pets. These animals have nobody to look out for them if we don't... and its easy to make a real mess in a 10 gallon nano very quick if you don't follow some basic procedures. The first most important of those procedures is in cycling the tank before adding animals. In aquarium keeping patience is most definately a virtue!!
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Old 01-08-2008, 05:56 AM   #19
 
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I'll second the information/advice posted by Dawn.

You really have to ask yourself, what is it that they are claiming to have in that package?? Are there live bacteria in the contents? If yes, which ones?? Most of these "Cycle Booster" products do not contain the proper bacterias for a proper, natural cycle. Then ask yourself, If this product is said to contain "live bacterias", the proper bacterias, then what steps have been taken to ensure the bacterias are still living once they reach the consumer? Is the bag being refrigerated to keep the bacterias in a hibernative state? and most importantly does the packaging display a packaging date and/or shelf life date? if there is no shelf life, then there are no living bacterias, or at least no guarantee that they are still alive after they reach the consumer.

Chances are, if this product works, it needs to be referigerated and put into use within a reasonable amount of time. If it doesnt, then dont waste your money. Remember, in this hobby, only bad things happen fast.
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:36 PM   #20
 
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So today I went to the pet store again there are two differnt types "real ocean water" The other one is called "blue water". I wrote down stuff that was written on the box is says 100% natural, phosphate free nitrate free, ph 8.3, puriefied natural sea water straight from the pacific ocean.
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