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jdrock!!
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PostPosted: 2010.06.06(Sun)7:53    Post subject: 10 gallon saltwater aquarium Reply with quote

hello,
I've been with freshwater fish for almost about 13 years now and I deserve a change. I currently work in a pet store specializing in freshwater aquariums/fishes. now I want to learn and start a saltwater aquarium. I currently own 4 aquariums now a 5, 10, 30, and 90. my 90 gallons is empty as well as my 10. I need to economize some money in order to set up a beautiful 90 gallon saltwater aquarium. but before I do I would like to start with my 10 gallons. I know most of you will say that this is crazy because they say start with about a 30 to 40 gallon. bigger is better. I am aware that the 10 gallon will be a lot of maintenance but I am up for the challenge.

so here is my questions:

1. kind of fish?
2. T8 lighting system fit for one neon---marine glow, power glow, or life glow
3. filtration---aquaclear
4. bioballs?
5. powerhead?
6. skimmer?
7.livesand or crushed coral
8. water changes? per week? month?
9. heater---27 degrees celcius?

I no I am missing some stuff but any feedback, comments or other questions to help me get started would be greatly appreciated.
thanks you

ps: if anyone has a 20 gallon or less saltwater aquarium please post some pics which would be really helpful for me
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ak dylpickles
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PostPosted: 2010.06.06(Sun)9:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

lets see. first of all a 10 gallon will be really hard and you might destroy your tank, and kill your fish. the only fish I would recommend are the smaller varieties. http://www.LiveAquaria.com/product/aquarium-fish-supplies.cfm?c=15+2124 these are all nano fish. but remember that a 29 gallon tank is considered a nano too. most people recommend for a beginner to have this rule 1 inch of fish per 5 gallons.

you don't really need a skimmer for a nano but it would be a good option. you might want to build a sump or buy one they give you a bigger water volume and hide all your equipment.

crushed coral or live sand. crushed coral is good because it will raise the pH of the water. saltwater needs a pH of 8.2. live sand. don't bother buying it from petco or any where else. just buy regular sand. its cheaper and most pet store will sell it around 10 cents to a dollar a pound.
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