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What should I put in my nano reef? Help Please!

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What should I put in my nano reef? Help Please!
Old 02-27-2009, 05:07 PM   #11
 
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NemoFan,
How long has your tank been up and running? I ask this because there is so much you will need to test for if it is a young system. Even if it has been up for years there are certian tests you must do on a regular basis such as....

Nitrates, Nitrites, PH, Ammo, Those are just to start with for new or old set ups. If you plan on adding corals and depending what kind you plan on housing in your tank you have to test for....calcium, ALK, Phos. and such, and depending what kind of corals and how often you do your water changes you might also have to add supplement to your take for certain corals to thrive.

As for the new lights you are planning on getting you said compact florescent, correct? What kind are they? What is the wattage of the bulbs, for it makes a huge difference in what you can keep in your tank.

I have had a 12g FOWLR for almost 5 years and just decided to make it into a Reef. I had to order New lights myself since I only had stock lights that came with my hood, which were fine for just fish and LiveRock, but since I wanted to keep some shrooms and other softies and a Hammer Coral and maybe a few others I ordered a Coralife 1x96 watt Quad. If I am right It has always been said for lights you should have anywhere from 4-6 watts of light per gallon. It has been a while since I had my 55g Reef but I do not think that has changed, if it has some1 please let me know also...LOL.

I have not been on this forum long but have had Reef tanks before but it has been a while so even I have been looking info up and asking ?s. From what I have read on this forum onefish2fish and Cody are good people to listen to for they have also helped me out with my 12g even though I had a 55g years ago I could always use a refresher coure sort of speak.

If you could list what kind of lights and the wattage they will be and other equipment you will be using, such as power heads, filters and or skimmers if any, all will be able to tell you just what you could keep in your tank with the lights and things you will be using and also help with any tests you will have to do for the corals you could keep.
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:07 PM   #12
 
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NemoFan,

From what I have read on this forum onefish2fish and Cody are good people to listen to for they have also helped me out with my 12g even though I had a 55g years ago I could always use a refresher coure sort of speak.
everyone always has something new to learn, and everyone would include myself.

im flattered but there truelly are alot of great people to get advice from on this forum and alot of great people just in general.
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:15 PM   #13
 
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I know what ur saying onefish. This forum has many nice people and I am glad that I can be a part of it. By the look of your tank you are quite modest, it is beautiful. You seem to know what ur doing.
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:32 PM   #14
 
Cool

I will get you everything as soon as I can find out, I am calling the pet store tomorrow and i will bring up all your questions because they know what I have in my tank. I will still listen to you guys about the anemone though. I will get all my fancy specifics for you guys though as soon as I can.
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Old 02-27-2009, 11:37 PM   #15
 
Don't listen to fish stores, nonetheless pet stores. They will just tell you what they want to hear.
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Old 02-28-2009, 06:53 PM   #16
 
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OK, I want to know is it a good idea to invest in a protein skimmer? Can you recommend any for me?
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:32 PM   #17
 
No skimmer needed in a 10G tank, as long as you have enough live rock, circulation, and do weekly water changes (or even once every 2 weeks).
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Old 03-01-2009, 01:38 PM   #18
 
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agree.
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Old 03-01-2009, 04:13 PM   #19
 
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I do water changes but I want the oil slicks off the top of my water. I also was wondering if you guys knew of any good, cheaply priced, over the back protein skimmers please?
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Old 03-12-2009, 01:49 PM   #20
 
i use a little filter-skimmer combo called a skilter on my 18 gal. reef. it works well for me and was cheap! also, i dont mean to be picky, but the anemone does the hosting, not the fish...good luck!
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