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Old 03-01-2012, 01:34 AM   #1
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new to the hobbie and new tank

hello everyone i started my tank today and wanted to know what you guys think ive done right so far and done wrong and what i am missing,also what i should be checking for this 3 weeks of cycling the water.



-10 gallon tank (decided to start small)
-4.7 pounds of live rocks
-2 mechanical filters 1 on each side
-sand from the local aquarium store


i will be buying my light tomorrow as well as the heater

if you guys have any good tips please let me know this is my first time ever doing a salt water fish tank and need all the help i can get, i will also be posting pictures soon
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:52 AM   #2
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Sounds like your off to a good start.

I will say that the smaller the tank, the more difficult it is, especially for a beginner. But im sure if you do your research and maintain it well you can do it. I would say get a 20-30g from craigslist, it will be less maintenance and allow for much more of a selection when it comes to fish.

Make sure you have a good test kit, most recommend the API liquid kits.

Do some research on fishless cycling, and take your time with it, patience is key with a saltwater tank.

For lighting make sure you go for 10000k light color or above. Check out my thread on cheap LEDs, for a 10g you could get a 10w 12000k LED flood light on eBay for $30, there cheap, look great, and capable of growing corals should you want to once you have mastered your first FOWLR.

Also do your research and plan a stocking list before you buy any fish, never trust the guy at the pet store! Lots of newbies to SW buy lots of little damsels, tangs, clownfish etc then realize they grow way to big for their tank. To be safe you should put your stocking list on here before buying them, that way you don't kill a fish, or waste your money. Also fish compatibility Is very important, lots of SW fish eat other SW fish!

Water movement is essential, get a couple of small power-heads (maxi-jets, koralia etc), you don't want any stagnant water, you want lots of flow!

What type of sand did you get?

Keep us posted, hope this helps, & good luck!
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:25 AM   #4
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wow man you've been great help thank you so much for all that info you just made my life a whole lot easier lol if you can please send me the link of your thread cause i want the light to be my next purchase also i posted a picture of my tank right now, do you think i should get more live rock since i only have 4.7 right now

please let me know what you think about the tank and if you have anymore tips
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:25 AM   #5
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No problem.

Here's the link to the LED thread I started...

Cheap LED solution???

And here's a link to the one I suggest for your tank...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10W-Cold-Whi...#ht_4383wt_825

For this LED you will have to come up with some kind of method of raising it a few inches above the top of the tank, so the spread fills the whole tank, that's for you to get creative. I suggest you keep this light on for 8-10 hours per day, trust me you will like this light, when you check out my thread you will see pics of a 10w 6500k for brightness and a 20w 12000k for color. Make sure you get the 12000k like the eBay link above or you will be inviting algae to grow.. One thing, these LEDs come from china (what doesn't!) so they take about 2 weeks to arrive. But as you are cycling right now and you have no photosynthetic creatures, lighting is not needed at this point. If you do get it be sure to post pics and reviews on it on my LED thread.

Your tank looks good. I would suggest maybe getting another dry reef rock, the LR you already have will seed it, so dry rock will be fine and save some money. As far as Rock placement, the less you have touching the sand the better (search aquascaping for more info). I think you do need a bit more water movement in the tank to stop waste from settling, I would get one maybe two power-heads, each under 400gph. As its a small tank you have to pay close attention to water loss through evaporation, you will need to add freshwater every day or two to keep it stable and check the salinity regularly.

A tank that small will also require a water change every 1-2 weeks with your current filtration, 2g would probably be fine. I don't think you need to worry about a protein skimmer if you keep up with your partial water changes. As far as filter media in your hang on the back filters, I would get some LR rubble and put some in there, unlike FW, filter floss can be a lot of maintenance and end up giving waste a place to gather and turn into unwanted nitrates. You could remove all the current media, put some charcoal in a filter bag (fine mesh bag) and throw some rubble in. Your LR and rubble will house all the organisms you need to filter your tank. Be sure to feed sparingly so nothing gets left behind, 10g can foul quickly with over feeding. You can probably expect some algae outbreaks in the first 6 months as the tank matures, that will pass.

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Lots and lots of research
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:20 PM   #7
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For your research search for "mrsaltwatertank" and "nysteelo" on YouTube, they both offer lots of good videos on reef aquariums. They should answer a lot of questions you will have.
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thanks for the link i went today and bought a light, see how it works out if not ill just return it i will post pictures later on it doesnt seem to be so bad gives me the white light blue light and both together at the same time
another question is if i decide to put them seperate for how many hrs do i have to put the blue and for many hrs do i need to put the white

i went today and got another 2.0 lbs of live rock makes the tank look a lot better since its more filled, yea i was planning on putting a power head i believe just 1 should be good

also i dont know if i mentioned already but im planning on getting a 75 gallon tank thats should be fun they are selling it for $450 and it comes with everything stand lights filters, do you think thats a good price since its my first time shopping for fish tanks
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I run the blue for 12hours and run the whites for 10, so an hour of just blues morning and evening.

1 powerhead should do it, I would go for around 300-400 GPH.

$450 is a fair price for a 75 with stand and filters, of you check out Craigslist you can get some good deals. If your serious about getting a 75g you might want to consider a sump tank, better to do before you set it up...
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I run the blue for 12hours and run the whites for 10, so an hour of just blues morning and evening.

1 powerhead should do it, I would go for around 300-400 GPH.

$450 is a fair price for a 75 with stand and filters, of you check out Craigslist you can get some good deals. If your serious about getting a 75g you might want to consider a sump tank, better to do before you set it up...
so when you say an hour a day im guessing the 10 to 12 hrs its weekly not daily?
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