Originally Posted by fishesfriend
I have read in the Encyclopedia of Aquarium Fish by Dick Mills, that for a salt water tank that every 50 sq. inches of waters serfice you can add 1 inch of fish. So by my calculations a ten gallon tank has around 200 sq. inches of waters surfice ( 20" * 10") that my tank could hold 2 neon gobs not including the sump is this true? Please vioce opinions . drawings are about done.
i can tell you that the 1 inch of fish rule IMO is garbage. fish have different requirements for swimming space/ territory space, have different bio loads, compatibility issues, and so forth. a sump adds to the amount of total water volume your tank has, making changes less dramatic then they would be in a smaller tank but does NOT add to the total space a fish has to swim/claim as territory and so forth. you also have to consider the rock and the 4'' of sand displacing a good amount of water too.
if your buying this fish just for cleaning parasites your prob. better off going with a skunk cleaner shrimp. regardless properly using a QT before adding fish, healthy feeding patterns with a mixture of quality foods, a proper set up with maintnance schedule and your fish most likely should never experience ich.
to learn how to drill a sump, go on www.youtube.com
and type "drilling saltwater tank" or something similiar and many instructional videos will come up. i personally use www.glass-holes.com
for my tanks and have no complaints. they sell kits that come with drill bits and all and the overflow box is more then half the size of standard reef ready tank overflows. as long as you drill the tank properly, taking your time and the glass isnt tempered there shouldnt be a worry of the glass cracking. as far as i know they dont make a 10 gallon tank with tempered glass, except maybe the bottom. you may want to research into that alittle farther prior doing anything.