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Old 07-12-2009, 08:10 AM   #1
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seting up a s/w aquarium from scratch!

hi i have just bought a 30 liter aquarium because i wanted to set up a f/w planted aquarium but while i was waiting for it to cycle i decided to have a try at s/w. all i have is the tank a small heater and a light that came with the tank so i need a new filter and probably a new light so can anyone please help me im completly new to the s/w world. heres a pic of the tank at the moment it has a filter in it that came with the tank and ill need to get new substrate. the size of the tank is W 35cm x H 35cm x D 22cm it has a sad 11W compact light so that would have to go! so any help would be much appritiated. thanks
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:02 AM   #2
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IMHO too small for a beginner. If you want to get a tank get atleast 40 gallons. 6 is going to be very very hard to maintain, their arent any fish i know of that can live in 6 gallons, and its just cheaper to get a larger tank.
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ADMPhenomX4 is right starting small is very difficult. I did months of research before I started my first nano reef tank. You could do it, it is just very time consuming compared to a planted tank of similar size. There are fish that can live in a 6 gallon but you could just go with a shrimp and a crab.

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Old 07-12-2009, 11:24 AM   #4
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Let's talk about what he can do with this tank. It could make a very nice little zoa tank with a few shrimp even. It could house a single small fish as well. For example:

Melev's Reef - 2 gallon Pico tank

It is very true that a small tank takes a lot more effort to manage, but it is not impossible.

Oliver, I would look for a compact fluorescent fixture that packs as much light in it's housing as you can find. I have no experience with fixtures of that size, but I know that coralife makes a 13" fixture that has two 13w lamps. A little aragonite sand and a hob filter (which you may have already) and you are ready to go.

Do your research for hardy corals. I have had pretty good luck with Zoanthids. They are hearty and grow pretty fast. Take a look at some of the pics here: Zoanthids, Palys

If it were me, I would start slow and see where it goes. No fish to start. Just a couple polyps, and get things under control. Get used to the water changes and the new world of sw chemistry. Before long you will be pining for that 300 gallon tank!
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:50 AM   #5
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awsome cheers sparky ill have a fish around the web for those items and ill get back to you thanks again.
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:54 AM   #6
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k just found this light and was wondering if it packs the punch thats needed
Coralife Mini Aqualight PowerCompact Fixtures
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http://www.marineandreef.com/Current...ting_s/276.htm
ok scrap them what about this i think this is the one
http://www.aloha-aquariums.com/servl...heReefTank.com
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Old 07-12-2009, 12:05 PM   #7
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I would suggest this one Coralife Aqualight Deluxe Double Linear Strip Fixture Details
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Old 07-12-2009, 12:32 PM   #8
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ok think ight of found a filter let us know if it is any good
Hagen AquaClear Power Filters (20, 30, 50, 70, 110)
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I'm a fan of the ac filters. Be aware that there is some debate over the need or use of a hob filter in a reef tank. In theory the live rock you place in your tank will provide all the biological filtration needed. I have run my 29g reef for some time with no mechanical filter what so ever. The problem I saw with that was that there was a noticeable buildup of debris in the tank. I think some mechanical filter is needed. Keep up on the media maintenance though, there seems to be some evidence that your filter could turn into a nitrate factory if left too long. It can be a good place to run carbon as well.
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whats the difference between the filter i showed you and an ac filter?
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