05-08-2010, 10:47 PM
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Ok so i have a 10 gallon Top fin tank so far these are things i have and done
1) live sand substrate
2) sea salt
3) Coral life protein skimmer 65
4) 2 bulbs of those blue and white super bright light for coral and reef growing
and that is about it. so here are my questions
1) am i ready to put living things in here?
2) should i start with rock, fish, invertabrates (shrimp, crab), coral, reef?
3) ok first i was running just the pre packaged topfin filter that came with the tropical fish aquarium but i believe it may only b for saltwater i did little research and installed a protien skimmer, question now is do i leave protein skimmer alone, filter alone, or run both at the same time
thanks for any help and advice it is well appreciated
05-08-2010, 11:34 PM
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if you are going to run the filter, i would take out all the filter material and throw a bag of activated carbon in there.
First you will need to get a water test kit, they are sold at any local fish store. Right now dont get anything but rock, what type of light is it? it should say the wattage and the kelvin level of it. what tempature is your water and what is your salinity at?
I would do a bit more reaserch online and read some articles in the member submited articles section. ill post a link here: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/m...tted-articles/
read some of the newer saltwater posts, like the begginer guide to saltwater cycleing, marine stocking list, and difference between freshwater and saltwater filtration, ill post the links here:
fish compatability: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/m...ng-list-38579/
selecting healthy fish: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/m...hy-fish-35145/
intro to saltwater: Introduction To Salt Water
most important one how filtration differs from freshwater: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/m...shwater-31955/
enough of me talking :P if you have any questions dont hesitate, i asked some of the sillyest questions and ppl here made me feel like they were legitimate questions, so my point is we wont put u down :P.
P.S. the best way to a succesful tank is patience and lots of questions. GOOD LUCK ON THE TANK!
05-09-2010, 07:00 AM
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I think i found the lighting online while at work
its two of these coral life mini compact 50/50 lke 20 watt bulbs so 40w total he said it would b enough and it seems pretty damn bright but more of lke a purplish color than blue and white idk. http://s3.amazonaws.com/tc-photos/11...ard/505253.jpg
05-09-2010, 07:17 AM
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God i really wanna swap my tanks
i wanna change my fresh water back to the 10 and my salt to the 37, it would be easier to maintain and better but i have too many fish in dat 37 that itll overcroud the ten and not to mention moving all the gravel, water, and decorations out that deep thing will b hard as hell, but my saltwater would be a waste and id have to get new live sand and new salt :/ and the lights for the 37 would b over $100 ugh nvm ill just try this first
ok heres the aquarium living list, let me know what you think is it to much or a bad combination
1) live rock
2) Percula Clownfish
3) Black And White Percula Clownfish
( or that fish form nemo called "dori" lol )
4) small crab
5) Shrimp ( any type thats there just one)
7) two snails
8) i really really want reef/coral/anemone but i think im not allowed or w/e in a 10 gallon
:D hows it sound good, bad, terrible idea?
05-09-2010, 11:42 AM
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Dory is a blue tang - I wouldn't put one in less than 100g.
The article here suggests not lower than a 125g. http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/p...fic-blue-tang/
Also there are
people that sucessfully have corals in small tanks like ours, you have to have the right lighting.
I was planning on getting a chocolate chip starfish but I was told it will get too big for a 10g.
Last edited by trukgirl; 05-09-2010 at 11:44 AM..
05-09-2010, 09:07 PM
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Good news, i got a nice deal on craigs list where i snatched a 15 gallon with custom built stand and custom built refugium underneath :D im so happy it was all for $125, custom stand, 10 gallon refugium, 15 gallon, drilled, pipes, power strip, heater, protien skimmer, everything basically except lights which i have and the place i picked it up are getting new led lights so there selling lke there $200 lights for 30 things r lookin up :D, will post pics later of both old 10 and what my new setup will b
Last edited by wake49; 05-11-2010 at 06:16 AM..
05-15-2010, 03:53 PM
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looks like your off to a great start! two lownfish in such a small tank is a bad idea. they can get territorial and fight. in a 15gal you can easily have corals and shrimp. i wouldnt add a starfish or crabs, crabs are know to eat corals, and starfish can get anoying and some get to big (some will topple rocks). if i was you i would looki into some kind of goby or damsels. they would go nicely with a clown. thats a great deal on a tank. for the sump you should have live sand live rock and a lot of macro algea (good algea), you will also need a light which you can get for around $30 online, some are called sump light and some are normal lights. what kind of skimmer is it, is it hang on or in sump? also in the sump there are many different ways to set it up, you can do filter media and bio balls, refugium (most stable way), or a mix between both. i would personaly go with a refuge because they will keep the tank the most stable. also, if you got some money, check out JBJ clamp on light, i would go 150watts with air fan, with this light you can look at your tank from the top also.
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