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PostPosted: 2004.04.27(Tue)20:54    Post subject: Coldwater Nanoreef? Reply with quote

I was wondering if it would be ossible to set up a coldwater nanoreef with various animals from local tide pools. I was thinking about doing a 10 gallon setup with probably some anenomes and crabs, snails, ect. with probably some seaweed ore something. Does this seem feasable? If so, what kind of filtration would I need? I am asuming that most of tehse species would be fairly hardy because when the tides go out the tidepools are left in the sun to heat up. Also, how much lighting would I need for a 10 gallon? I am just throwing out a crazy idea, so if you ahve anything to say please do.
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Location: Brussels, Belgium

PostPosted: 2004.04.28(Wed)10:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting question. I can't help you in the least, but I have also sometimes wondered whether it would be possible to have a cold-water marine or reef/rockpool tank. I look forward to the experts' comments.
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PostPosted: 2004.04.29(Thu)0:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutly it is possible to set up a cold (or more accuratly called a temperate) nano reef. The hard part is temprature control, reading between the lines there is $$. Almost all of the animals you would find will die at room temp for extended periods of time. This means you need a way of chilling the aquarium, standard chillers cost hundreds to thousands but most are WAY to big for a 10 gallon anyway. There is one called "Ice Probe" that fits in a hole drilled into an Aquaclear filter's lid and retails for ~$150 US.

I would stear clear of any photosynthetic animals like anemone and corals unless you are willing to dump another couple hundred into lighting. Also most sea grasses require very intense lighting, especially ones from tidal pools and other shallow areas.

Just an interesting fact, Catalina gobies are actually temprate. so when you see them for sale at a LFS don't get them. They are probably already stressed by the high temp and don't normally live longer than a month or two.

There is one other thing to take into account, the legality issues. Most areas have laws governing what you can collect if not a total ban on collecting. For example I can go fishing all I want but I can't legaly hold any live fish or take them home live. I'm allowed to catch as many gammarus shrimp as I want but I could pay a $2000 fine and/or 6 months in jail for catching live minnows.
Definitly something to look into Wink .

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PostPosted: 2004.04.29(Thu)12:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

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