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Old 12-14-2012, 11:55 PM   #21
 
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:26 AM   #22
 
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what would be the difficulty on starting a SW tank with a 10 gallon?thats something i need to know before i do attempt it
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:32 AM   #23
 
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Not neccesarily difficult but it limits you very much on what you can keep. Smaller size equals less fish or possibly only one fish depending on what you want. I started with a 20 and set-up a 10 as a QT tank for future additons. It turns out with my initial fish being a yellow tail damsel that my qt is pretty useless since there's really nothing fish wise I can put in my 20g with a damsel in there without risking some serious turf wars and possibly death of fish. So I've relegated myself to working with soft corals for now until my wife has said I pas the test and can get into something say in the 75g corner tank size.

A 10g isn't that tough but just restricting. ALso remember that at that size, when things start to go wrong, they go wrong very fast because of the size. In a larger tank you may catch small spikes in your water parameters earlier and be able to fix them easier than in the smaller tank size. I'm a newbie so I hope I havent confused you.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:24 AM   #24
 
Not tough, its just that your not going to get much in there.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:26 PM   #25
 
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Not neccesarily difficult but it limits you very much on what you can keep. Smaller size equals less fish or possibly only one fish depending on what you want. I started with a 20 and set-up a 10 as a QT tank for future additons. It turns out with my initial fish being a yellow tail damsel that my qt is pretty useless since there's really nothing fish wise I can put in my 20g with a damsel in there without risking some serious turf wars and possibly death of fish. So I've relegated myself to working with soft corals for now until my wife has said I pas the test and can get into something say in the 75g corner tank size.

A 10g isn't that tough but just restricting. ALso remember that at that size, when things start to go wrong, they go wrong very fast because of the size. In a larger tank you may catch small spikes in your water parameters earlier and be able to fix them easier than in the smaller tank size. I'm a newbie so I hope I havent confused you.
all we are wanting is a couple clowns...since they are small and"easy" to take care of, of the SW species..its something id like to go with.plus i like them anyways..once i have established enough knowledge on SW tanks.and have the room.ill eventually get a much much larger tank.a 10g is just a start.id hate to spend a lot of money on a large tank.then have all these problems and loose all my fish.i dont want to loose any fish no matter the cost or kind.but atleast with a couple clowns they would be i guess more hardy and easier to take care of.i also have a coral.its dead though.came with some stuff i bought a while back.its very small.size of a softball.plus for me i think it would be neat having a small SW tank.normally they are large.so something different to see something small ;) and thank you for the help
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:27 PM   #26
 
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Not tough, its just that your not going to get much in there.
ah i understand..i was thinking like cycling would make it hard...something along those lines..but its just a starter tank.something my dad and i can do,we work a lot.especially with the holidays.even for me i only get the 24th and 25th off.go rite back to work the 26.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:34 PM   #27
 
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all we are wanting is a couple clowns...since they are small and"easy" to take care of, of the SW species..its something id like to go with.plus i like them anyways..once i have established enough knowledge on SW tanks.and have the room.ill eventually get a much much larger tank.a 10g is just a start.id hate to spend a lot of money on a large tank.then have all these problems and loose all my fish.i dont want to loose any fish no matter the cost or kind.but atleast with a couple clowns they would be i guess more hardy and easier to take care of.i also have a coral.its dead though.came with some stuff i bought a while back.its very small.size of a softball.plus for me i think it would be neat having a small SW tank.normally they are large.so something different to see something small ;) and thank you for the help
Suggested tank size for a Clown is 20g. one possilby in a 10g, not 2.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:02 PM   #28
 
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Suggested tank size for a Clown is 20g. one possilby in a 10g, not 2.
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thank you :) that will help me decide on the size of tank now
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