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tommaso889 11-25-2009 01:00 PM

staring a nano tank
 
Hey im an thinking of staring a nano tank with a couple of clown fish but first i have a few questions.
1 what size tank do you think i should for ( uk litres if possible)
2 how much sand a rock would i need for that size tank.
3 how much would it cost (gbp)
4 can i use just a regular fw filter
5 What equiptment do i need

And 1 more thing im only 14 .

willieturnip 11-25-2009 06:49 PM

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Originally Posted by tommaso889 (Post 279971)
Hey im an thinking of staring a nano tank with a couple of clown fish but first i have a few questions.
1 what size tank do you think i should for ( uk litres if possible)
2 how much sand a rock would i need for that size tank.
3 how much would it cost (gbp)
4 can i use just a regular fw filter
5 What equiptment do i need

And 1 more thing im only 14 .

1) Whatever size you want
2) 1-2lbs per gallon or rock, either under an inch or over 4 inches for sand depth
3) You could do it for under 300 before stocking. My 60 litre has cost about 200 just at the point where it's ready for fish, but I already had a lot of kit kicking around.
4) NO. Marine and freshwater couldn't be more different if they wanted to be, especially in terms of filtration.
5)
- Powerheads (over 15x the volume of the tank per hour shifted)
- Decent lighting (not just bright!)
- Salt
- Live sand
- Live rock
- Skimmer (preferable, not necessary)
- Hydrometer/refractometer
- Test kits (not dip strips..)
- Heater
- LOADS of research

One thing I will say is don't rush into it or take it as a walk in the park. Having a tank this size is like having a baby, I wouldn't recommend leaving one for more than a day or two (and that's still with someone with reasonable knowledge of feeding and skimmer cup draining etc).

tommaso889 11-26-2009 10:45 AM

thanks willieturnip i have 1 more question i am thinking of keeping it im bedroom wat size tank would you reccomend

willieturnip 11-26-2009 11:49 AM

Depends how big your bedroom is I suppose?

I would recommend literally any size you want. I know a lot of people say that bigger thanks are much easier to handle, because the higher volume of water is more stable and I completely agree with them. However, big tanks are MUCH more expensive and instead of buying budget kit for a large tank you could buy really high end equipment for a smaller tank.

Another thing to take into consideration is water changes. On a small tank, lets say for arguments sake 10% would be a gallon or two. On a large tank, were talking 30 gallons +.

Now you have to ask yourself, are you prepared to actually change 30 gallons of water per week?! Now ask yourself the same, but with 3 gallons.

Your far more likely to actually care for a small tank correctly.


You also have to think about how noisy marine tanks can be. I'd go mad if I had one in my room.

willieturnip 11-26-2009 11:51 AM

Yet another think to think about is the traffic that goes through your room. However vein it sounds, I find it much more rewarding to have a stunning marine tank in the living room than in a bedroom. Simply because more people see it/are awe struck by it. :lol:

tommaso889 11-26-2009 12:20 PM

ahh okay ill give it some thought


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