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Salomonskier720 02-27-2012 01:54 PM

New to the Forum... Fluval 6 gallon
Hello all!

My roommate has a 55 gallon and a 10 gallon setup at our house and they are both pretty sweet! I have been helping him take care of the tanks the last couple of months and recently joined him to the local fish store which got me thinking...

A co-worker has a beta fish at her desk and I couldn't help to think how great it would be to have a salt water tank at mine. I am currently working 6 days a week and only live 1 mile from the office... I practically live at work right now...

Anyways I have a decent sized desk but nothing crazy. I really need to go small, upscale and not to noisy (we have a white noise machine anyways so I cannot imagen a little water noise would be that bad...)

I originally looked at smaller tanks but I was told in order to do salt water, a fluval edge 6 gallon was likely the smallest you could do. So I just checked it over w/ my managers and office admin personal and it sounds like it will be an acceptable addition.

After talking w/ my roommate and the folks at the store I was thinking going w/ the newer (led) fluval 6 gallon and adding 2 clownfish, maybe a shrimp, some snales, maybe a little anemone, some liverock...

Not saying that $ isn't an issue, but I would be willing to spend additional $ for a more professional clean look to the tank, I really don't want a huge setup w/ tons of space needed, I plan on keeping it on my desk. I also don't want the tank to look dirty so I def. need to focus on getting some cleaning creatures in the tank.

Anyways I have seen a picture or two w/ some great looking 6 gallons and some that look like an algie sest pool. What do you guys think? I really don't think I can go >6gallons based on my current desk space, so is this idea just a pipe dream? Is there a different tank I should be looking at? Or possibly some different fish that would go better?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

dmuddle 02-27-2012 06:34 PM

fluvals are nice could you tell me how to pst things plz

willow 03-07-2012 07:37 AM

hello and welcome.
hopefully someone will pop in and advise. :-D

Tazman 03-07-2012 08:18 AM

Welcome to the forum.

You will get a better response to your questions if you post them in the "nano reef" section of the saltwater aquariums.

The lighting on your tank will NOT be powerful enough to keep an anemone (they need very high output light and lots of current flow).

You would need:
Oceanic Salt
Live Sand
6 lbs Live Rocks
Water conditioner (Prime being one widely used)
Water heater
Test kit for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate.
Access to RO/DI water (Reverse Osmosis De-Ionized) water either from a filter or purchased from a local store.
Powerhead for water movement (60gph being minimum)

To add corals you would need to let the tank mature a bit and make sure the water parameters were constant. 6g is quite a challenge but can be done.

You would be looking at a single clownfish and a small goby as the stock as well as CUC (clean up crew), snails, hermit crabs, possibly a shrimp.

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