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Starting a nano reef tank, what do I need??
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Depths_of_blue
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PostPosted: 2010.02.20(Sat)16:38    Post subject: Starting a nano reef tank, what do I need?? Reply with quote

I want to start a nano reef tank, I have an 8 gallon tank, 55 watt heater and filter although I'm not sure if it's appropriate for saltwater. Can anyone tell me what else I need, also what kind of species are good for a nano?
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PostPosted: 2010.02.20(Sat)21:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Start with a clear goal in mind - what exactly do you want to keep and how do you envisage the finished tank?

Perhaps browse the stickies and articles on this site & on other sites to get a better picture of what you're getting yourself into - these will also tell you what sort of equipment you need and the likely cost. Simple set ups may be light on the hip pocket, but inevitably make you a slave to the tank as it will need (minimum) daily attention.
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PostPosted: 2010.02.21(Sun)7:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

unissuh wrote:
Start with a clear goal in mind - what exactly do you want to keep and how do you envisage the finished tank?

Perhaps browse the stickies and articles on this site & on other sites to get a better picture of what you're getting yourself into - these will also tell you what sort of equipment you need and the likely cost. Simple set ups may be light on the hip pocket, but inevitably make you a slave to the tank as it will need (minimum) daily attention.
Well I'd like a tank with coral and anemones and only very few fish but I'm not sure what species would do well in a small
tank. Also not sure how go go about the lighting as the tank I have has a fluorescent bulb built into the lid, will this be OK or will I need to change it? I'm thinking the aquaclear 20 HOB filter would be good, I've been doing research but every where says something different and I don't know If they are right. I need to find somewhere with a to do list Smile
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PostPosted: 2010.02.21(Sun)9:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Depths_of_blue, and welcome to the forum.
I see that most of your posts have been over on the freshwater sections. Assuming you are a beginner to marine aquaria, I'm glad you are asking these questions, your concern shows you care about marine life and I think we can help you get off to a good start.

Speaking only for myself, I would have to say that over the years, it has probably become obvious that I am not particularly fond of "nano" setups for the novice. It isn't that I want to hinder your success, no
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PostPosted: 2010.02.22(Mon)3:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK so evryone keeps telling me to get a bigger tank, I went to the LFS today to buy some food for my betta 'Sushi', and I saw a 60 L aquaone tank with filter, hood and light, almost new for $195 AUD, I laybuyed it but just wanted some opinions on wether this is a decent enough size??
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PostPosted: 2010.02.22(Mon)4:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

For tropical it is a nice starter tank but not for marine.
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