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Old 11-09-2006, 09:37 PM   #61
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very nice!
how much has it cost you so far?
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Old 11-10-2006, 03:29 AM   #62
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Originally Posted by caferacermike
I'd try a frozen food from H20 Life if you can find it. It's called coral cuisine. You'll need to feed VERY lightly to avoid green algae problems. Everything you'll need will be in that cube.

That damsel will prevent you from getting any other fish. Keep that in mind. They are vicious in a 100g tank and will repel any new additions. In a tank that small I'd pick 1 clown fish and 1 small goby like a Tiger goby, yellow spotted watchman, or a barnacle blenny. If you like that little fish just plan on keeping the tanks livestock as it is. And that is a coral band shrimp. They will also prevent you from adding any new shrimp to the tank. They are very mean and are known to eat fish and inverts. You may want to trade him out for a fire shrimp (very expensive though), peppermint shrimp (great at eating aptasia anemones AKA glass anemones), or a pair of pistol shrimps. the pistols will make tunnels all under your substrate. I wanted to say your live rock looked to be of excellent quality. Use it as a reference if you ever buy more.
Thanks for the impute,
First off, the Coral Band Shrimp was just a give away from my buddy. That was the reason he helped me start up the tank because it came from another buddy of his and he wasnt interested in it so instead of him flushing it, I took him off his hands. I know it has a tendacy to eat other fish. In fact, it had eated 2 of his fish because of the shrimps nasty claws. But one of there defense thingy's is when there in danger or getting captured there claws fall off. and when he was netting him, well thats what happened! So he doesnt have claws no more so im safe so far.
The Damsel, This is just a starter fish for me. Was the first ever fish and it was the cheapest at the store. Thanks for letting me know about him I had no idea. I will be planning on getting 1 clown fish and I'm not sure about any others. If the Damsel is being aggressive the first thing I'll do is take him out of the tank deciding what to do. Also same with the shrimp
Live Rock: Yes the rock is very very excellent! Has so much stuff on it I cant even count everything! Like little bugs and sponges and baby starfishes etc...

I bought a package of the cuisune brine shrimp cubes. I feed just barely any off the cube since I only have 1 fish. The featherduster will eat the little micro organisms which the food puts into the water and etc...Well thats just what I've heard.

To Trreherd:
Watts per gallon: There's a total of 20 Watts of lighting in the tank. So that tells me I have 2 watts per gallon? I might be wrong i really am bad at math and its about 1 in the morning lol.
Type of lighting: It is a 50/50 fluorescent bulb...Errr I'm not sure of the brand. I will have to dig up the garbage package.
Yes that is a coral Banded Shrimp.

To jinith:
How much money has this costed me so far? Um...about 40 dollars. that is just for the food, the new lights, and the fish. Pretty much everything else was a given.

To Brie:
That sucks about not being able to even set up a salty tank. Not even a decent Salt water store! Argh thats frustrating...But If you really really wanted it later on then Im sure you will find a way!

to Blue:
That is weird we have a few things in both our tanks that were the same..Pretty cool!

I guess I did get it easy...It would be pretty hard to start from scratch...

to everyone else thanks I appreciate the kindness!

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Old 11-10-2006, 03:39 AM   #63
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To jinith:
How much money has this costed me so far? Um...about 40 dollars. that is just for the food, the new lights, and the fish. Pretty much everything else was a given.
You're lucky to have a friend who pretty much helps you a lot. At least, you don't get to spend much of a fortune.
to Blue:
That is weird we have a few things in both our tanks that were the same..Pretty cool!
Yep. I used to have an anemone with some clowns. One anemone stung an lfs employee. Scary.
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Old 11-10-2006, 01:34 PM   #64
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Haha. I was goign to get an anemone at the LFS because I knew later on I wanted a clown fish but it was a different kind of anemone and the clown fishes wouldnt go near them because they stung to hard...But I will for sure be getting one!
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Old 11-10-2006, 06:27 PM   #65
Hey mike What about those pump liquid dosers for marine plankton? They are refregerated and seem like a good idea.
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Old 11-10-2006, 11:04 PM   #66
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Still gotta edit your signature Nick, incase you haven't noticed haha.

I was in my LFS a couple days ago, and I noticed they had a 10 gallon tank for $9.99, and I thought "hmmm...that would be cool" so I snagged it. I mean I don't have any friends that are into reefs and all that so I can't use any established stuff, so I would have to start pretty much from scratch. But I'm just thinking it would be a cool little side project. But I got a few questions about your set up.

Do you have any additional filtration besides the live rock and sand?
Do you use a nano-protein skimmer?
What kind of trace elements are you adding and how much?
How frequently do you plan on doing your water changes?
Any aeration/circulation besides the powerhead?
What kind of lighting do you have? How many watts?

Hopefully you didn't answer these already in the post, if you did...sorry!
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Old 11-11-2006, 01:21 AM   #67
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A small HOT type filter can provide some filtration and some to all of the currents needed. I'd still look into getting a small powerhead so your currents can come from 2 directions. I wouldn't mess with a skimmer on a 10g tank. Same for dosing it. Instead do a 1g water change once or twice a week. The nice thing about nanos is that you can premix 5g of seawater and hold it in one 5g jug. It would not be difficult to do a 1g a day water change. once a week water changes in a nano is all the trace element supplementation you'll ever need. I'd get a 36w powercompact single bulb fixture with a 50/50 actinic and 12K bulb. Nice pieces of rock and a few hermits will help with cleaning the tank.
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Old 11-11-2006, 01:15 PM   #68
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Mike pretty much answered all those for you...
As for water changes: I havnt even had the tank for a week yet so in a couple days I will be doing a 1 gallon water change. Each week i will do 1 gallon water change.

I do not put any elements in the tank the water changes are fine for that as it is a small tank.
Filtration: I have a HOB type filter for a 10 gallon. I really dont need it but its just mostly for circulation in the tank because I have a powerhead, but the suction cups are bad so it doesnt stay suctioned to the wall and it makes a really weird/loud noice like something's wrong with it. My filter gives enough circulation as u can see the plants move and featherduster.

I do not use a protein skimmer, as mike stated, you do not need one for a nano tank.

My lighting: I have already stated this but I have a 50/50 10 watt each fluorescent bulbs. They work EXCELLENT. They bring out the true saltwater look and you can grow coral with these lights as well.

Hope I helped. And I hope that you create your own little nano! This is kind of cool because now I'm motivating other people to start saltwater so now the site will have a few more salty's on board :D
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Old 11-11-2006, 05:40 PM   #69
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Cool, thank you both for the reply; always good to get some extra info. I'm definitely looking into starting a nano...actually been thinking about it for a while, just never thought I would do it any time soon. But you inspired me to actually do it. I already have a suitable 10 gallon tank, and some good knowledge.

Just curious as to how much money the lights and the fixture were, I still have to look around for some good deals. I have a 14" Fixture from my old freshwater, it's a single tube. I used a 14w Aqua-glo light, but I think that's worthless for the nano. I'm thinking I could maybe use the fixture...but you guys were talking about two different kinds of lights, and I know double fixtures aren't too cheap.
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Old 11-12-2006, 12:08 PM   #70
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I just have a stock 10 gallon lighing --hood-- system with the 2 screw in bulbs. Then I went out and bought 2 10 watt 50/50 fluorscent bulbs the screw in kind. For your type they do have single tubes for that. Best way to go is the 50/50 fluorescent lights. 1 10 watt tube for me was 13.00$ a piece. So about 30 $ for the both. There not cheap!
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