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Old 06-18-2013, 03:19 AM   #11
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Can you reccomend hardy nano corals? I plan on investing on a stronger light and filter. The only thing I'm keeping is the tank. I plan on using live sand.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:21 AM   #12
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I have the Marineland reef capable led lights (wouldn't recommend). I removed all the stock filtration except part of the sponge and run purigen/carbon when I feel its needed. Other than that the filtration is all biological; live rock, sand bed, chaeto, caulerpa. And of course bi-weeklyish water changes. Also added another powerhead for more circulation.
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Old 06-18-2013, 02:39 PM   #13
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Nice tank. Would I need a refugium
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Nah, with that small tank, I don't think it's nesscary. For coral, look at live aquaria for low light corals
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:34 PM   #15
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Ok. Do you use RO water
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RO water is a must for reef tanks. Either get an RODI system (BRS has good ones, and I'm doing a group buy in 2 weeks, get 11% off), or you can buy the water from an LFS, but that gets pricey over time.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:42 PM   #17
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Ok. What sort of light and filter would you recommend
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Re: filtration, what saltcreep said. Live rock/sand is good for bio. Purigen or carbon (purigen has my vote) for the rest (with a sponge/floss to keep the purigen "clean").

Re: Lights...See Spec V . He's got a fluval sea marine led 6 inch square, but said "Pretty nice light but In retrospect I should've done a a DIY led kit." ...
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Ro water for sure ,I bought a cheap one off eBay. I recommend a bio wheel filter for a 10 gallon. Look for a light with the length of you tank, I use t5s
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I havn't been able to pick up a RO unit, but many of the "super" grocery stores have ro water dispensers which is what I'll be using until I can get one myself. That's a good option with a small tank. You don't need a 'fuge, but as you can see in the picture I have chaeto and caulerpa in my display, I just have to trim it every couple weeks. In such a small tank its not hard to take the rocks out and give them a bit of a scrub down and I think it gives it a nice natural look. You could also make a small one out of a HOB filter if you wanted.
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