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BEARitone 10-05-2010 12:32 AM

Lots of Luck, Starting a 12g

I recently got a freshwater tank and found a friend who is really into aquariums. Through a little bit of luck he found out that I wanted a saltwater tank already in addition to my freshwater and he said that I am welcome to his 12 gallon JBJ Nano Cube( he just doesn't have the money to put into it right now). I believe that it is already filled with live rock and 2 Clownfish, all it really needs are some new light bulbs.

I am super excited and have been doing research on my own, but I thought I might ask here if anyone knows some good resources to get started, especially ones that are for nano tanks. I am definitely willing to put in the time and money to make this tank flourish.

Thank you

pretzelsz 10-05-2010 05:30 AM that will get you started. Is there corals? Are you planning on keeping corals? Or just the clownfish?

BEARitone 10-05-2010 12:01 PM

To my knowledge there are no corals, just the fish, live rock and live sand. I would definitely be into getting some corals, but I have no official plans so far. I am still just getting my research together.

Edit: Thank you for the articles, they look like exactly what I am looking for.

So one thing I am wondering is with an All In One tank, How often am I supposed to do water changes?
Also is a protein skimmer included? Is one needed with a small tank?

pretzelsz 10-05-2010 01:36 PM

I would say Once a week do a 1 gallon water change(maybe alittle more). As for a protein skimmer, No you do not need one but I suggest putting a small light or something with 5500k output for chaeto algea which will help with the water. Also water is very important for the tank. If your live rock starts to die while out of it and the water is new you might have a small cycle that may be harmful to the fish.

When are you going to get this? This also sound like a good start for a beginner.

BEARitone 10-05-2010 01:57 PM

I will probably be getting it in the next few days.

He lives maybe 5-10 minutes away.

I am starting to try to figure out what the best way to move everything. Anyone have suggestions?

pretzelsz 10-05-2010 03:27 PM

geta couple of 5 gallon buckets. Clean them then bring them over. Put rocks in one and the fish in the other(after draining some water into it. Then leave the sand in the tank with left over water. Then go home.

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