Okay, now I'm sweating...
First, thanks for reading this and offering your input.
I've kept freshwater aquariums in the past and have had good success. I always said that the next aquarium I keep will be saltwater.
I feel like a tool, but I went down to Petco and talked to the guy about wanting a saltwater aquarium-you know, the ins and outs. He tells me I can easily keep a 10 gallon tank and it will be fine. I figure, this is a christmas gift for me to enjoy with my little son, so I'll start small. If I can handle 10 gallons I can work up from there in the future (which I want to do). I felt proud of my purchase and am looking forward to starting to set it up on Christmas morning.
Before the big launch, I figured I would google a bit, just to make sure I am doing this right. I came across this site, began reading a lot of the postings, and now I am sweating.
Help me out here. My purpose is a 10 gallon tank with about 4-5 smaller type fish. I am sure one will be a clown fish. I bought a "kit" from Petco, the price was reasonable. I also bought the coral sand, salt, etc.--everything I thought I needed except for the fish.
If you could please talk to me like I am dumb, and don't know the aquariumnese language I would appreciate it. For instance, someone was talking about "live rocks" and to my shame, I don't know what that means.
Please help. Should I take back the 10 gallon tank and get the 20g? I will have to sell my wife on it, but am sure I can if it's critical. I don't want the fish to feel like they are living in a garage, as one poster put it. Any insight will be appreciated, even if you want to rip me for making some mistakes. I've got to start somewhere. Thanks.
What do you mean by coral sand. Is it live sand, crushed coral, or aragonite sand. If you went with the crushed coral, take it back it is a no-no in the saltwater trade. It will cloud the water whenever disturbed for a lifetime. The best type to get is live sand, the next is aragonit. But with the size that your wanting to go with I would get the live sand. All live sand is, is sand with benificial bacteria already in it.
To touch on what USMC said, live sand is aragonite sand that is shipped and stored wet with beneficial bacteria in it. I too would recommend a 20g set up. 10g set ups are usually considered difficult. You can do it, and it can even be your first tank. Just understand that it can give you headaches. I would only keep one fish in a 10g and it would need to stay small.
Could you describe the "kit" and price?
I'd like to see a skimmer, a powerhead, 15lbs of aragonite, hydrometer, thermometer, quality power compact or T5 lighting of about 25-50watts (if it comes with incandescents take teh kit back and tell them to shove it.) salt mix, test kits.
You might want to think about one of these instead..
http://www.jbjnanocube.com/ There are several modela available and in several price ranges. Much more plug and play in my opinion.
100% Calcium Carbonate
Increased pH Buffering
Recommended for use in all salt water aquariums.
Tideline Inglewood, CA
10 pound bag"
This is what the guy said they use in the store.
It looks like little bits of coral, like pebbles ceral or something, it doesn't look like fine sand, it looks more like little pebbles or stones. It's dry, not wet.
Should be smaller than grapenuts. If it looks like rice crispies or larger than I wouldn't run it.
Can you find it on the petco website and link?
10 gal. tank
Full fluorescent light hood
15 Watt fluorescent bulb
Whisper 10 power filter
Whisper filter cartridge
50 Watt UL listed aquaruim heater
Nylon fish net
Starter size water conditioner
Starter size Tetramin tropical fish food
External aquarium thermometer
Fish are Fun guide
I had to buy the salt and everything else seperately. The kit was on sale for like $50 bucks. I spent about $120 or so on everything.
Would make a great freshwater set up.....
You could use it for salt but you will need to stock very very lightly. one small goby, blenny, maybe a percula clown, some hermits a few snails. Water changes will be VERY important in such a small tank for nutrient export. You will need to clean that filter weekly, just rinse it under the sink faucet. Don't worry about killing the bacteria as it will be used only for mechanical filtration. You will need to get some rock. Your lighting will not be sufficient to keep any corals except for some mushrooms, maybe a bit of green star polyp. Any corals that you get will need to be non photosynthetic.
This is the Coral Sand
I know you care and this is why I hate being so straight forward....
That stuff looks like leftover beach sand....
Aragonite is pure coral skeleton that has been crushed by nature into grains like sand. http://www.carib-sea.com/pages/produ...aragalive.html
This is what I'd be looking for.
You mentioned in a previous response to me something about a powerhead and hydrometer, etc. Could you take sec. to explain those to me, do I need them?
I have a feeling I will end up going with a 20 gal. tank. I guess the guy at the store scared me a little because he mentioned how much salt water tanks evaporate water and the price of salt wasn't cheap. He said they add water to their tanks like 2x's per week.
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