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Follow It Home 03-01-2007 06:06 PM

New to Saltwater tanks
Hey everyone, I am really interested in setting up a nano marine system. I recently got a 10 gallon aquarium and am now leak testing it as it is old. If that goes over well I think I am going to make it a saltwater tank. But the problem is, I know NOTHING of marine aquariums and am confused by all of the gadgets (protein skimmers, UVS systems, RO filters etc) and honestly have no idea what to make of what I need. I have a 15 gallon HOB power filter and a UG filter with a power head that I might use. Also what substrate and starter fish should I look in to.

Thank you all in advance. I relize im asking a little much but any help would be greatly appreciated :D

squiggles1 03-02-2007 11:41 AM

hello, i have a 5.5g nano. i dont have a protein skimmer with mine. just 2 filters with nothing in them for current. all my filtration is with the live rock. u need a lb of live rock for every gallon in your tank if u do it that way. also you need a lb of live sand for every gallon as well. at least thats what i didn. with tanks these sizes a protein skimmer really isnt necessary as long as you have enough live rock. you'll need a good cleaner crew (snails crabs etc). in mine i have 2 turbo snail and 2 hermit crabs. also a coral banded shrimp (mind you those guys can be a little aggresive and territorial). for fish you'll prob only be able to get one. a smaller clown fish or maybe a fire fish. water changes are very important because salt water fish don't tolerate poor water conditions. you'll want to get a test kit. your ammonia, nitrite should always be 0. your nitrate should be kept below 20. i keep my nano at about 81-82 degrees. lots of info but if you decide to set one up they certainly are amazing! :D

Melissa 03-02-2007 12:44 PM

well squiggles pretty much summed it up. as for fish you can get a firefish, or some small goby like a clown goby. but in a 10 gallon you dont have many choices fish wise.

caferacermike 03-02-2007 04:41 PM

Yep for tanks smaller then 20g with a light load and no specific "SPS intense" type of outlook I'd say 3" of live sand, 12lbs of live rock, about 300GPH or more of current. Feed very lightly if ever.

dhritiman 03-21-2007 11:23 PM

I have a 2.6 gallon fish only tank.It is ok for 3 years.I have kept a small Hermit crab. The fishes are 2 Common clowns.It does not have a protein schemer.

caferacermike 03-21-2007 11:34 PM

2.6G? those poor clowns.

dhritiman 03-21-2007 11:47 PM


Originally Posted by caferacermike
2.6G? those poor clowns.

Do not worry about them.They are Ok for 3 years.And not a single disease has touched them in these years.

Melissa 03-22-2007 06:04 AM

2.6 gallons is way to small for 2 clowns, they have no swimming room or room to establish territory.

dhritiman 03-22-2007 12:03 PM


Originally Posted by Melissa
2.6 gallons is way to small for 2 clowns, they have no swimming room or room to establish territory.

They are baby clowns.They are now only less than 1/2".When they will grow up I will move it to my larger fish only tank.

fs49864 03-22-2007 01:04 PM

wow, that is very very tiny for two clowns. :(

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