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Jonojames
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PostPosted: 2004.02.22(Sun)14:15    Post subject: My First Foray into marine Reply with quote

Hi
I have been keeping freshater fish for more years than I care to remember, but want to have a small marine tank, I have a new 30G freshwater tank I am setting up, but have space in the stand (as designed by me) to fit a 75 litre cube tank I already own. I want to set up a small marine tank in here and like the manadarin fish, or clown fish (I understand I need to think small, I also like the idea of colourful shrimp. So here's the question, would this tank take a pair of clowns and a shrimp. I inetend to have live rock and protien skimming (skimer is rated for 30G UK) with some mechanical filtration and water movement provided by a combined internal filter/heater (available in the uk) consists of a sponge canister with a pump and a heater all in one long slim unit. Plus an extra low rated powerhead for extra water circulation. I also understand that I will need to monitor the nitrates/phosphates closely, but do this in all my tanks along with regular water changes. Is it a possibility? or am I aiming for too much from a small tank. And what else could you suggest for stocking/maintenance/filtration etc.
your views valued as always
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PostPosted: 2004.02.22(Sun)15:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

there are many rewards and flaws in a small marine tank. I just started on myself. your plan for the clowns and shrimp sound OK to me. ummm...yes definitally keep an eye on water chemistry. they tend to fluctuate very easily. water changes are important.. you don't have to do any water changes for the first few weeks, while the tank is cycling. your plan for the filter sounds good too. the live rock is a must. I got mine today and I can already see things moving about on it.
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Jonojames
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PostPosted: 2004.02.23(Mon)15:16    Post subject: Thanks for the reply Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply, I am keen to go with the filtration I mentioned as its very compact and not too obtrusive in the tank, also easily hidden with a pile of live rock in the corner. I am looking for the greatist stability I can achieve in a small tank. what mix of coral sand to other materials and what should they be for a substrate? I have heard of deep sand beds, but tank size limits me to live rock and a thin substrate, so what would be best and what depth given its a small tank?
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PostPosted: 2004.03.10(Wed)5:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would pass on the mandarin they are actually a very difficult fish. Most do not eat prepared foods and depend on live foods to live. Also to support one of the little mandarines you would need about 80 plus pounds of lr in a well established tank. Heres a combo you might be interested in http://www.astec.ac.uk/staff/goudket/Reefgallery/ReefGoby.htm. There are other gobies and shrimps that live together like this.http://www.wetwebmedia.com/shrimpgobies.htm

they work well for small tanks
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