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Old 08-13-2003, 03:40 PM   #1
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10 Gallon Saltwater

Hello all, new member here. Don't be too harsh.

I have heard conflicting reports from all over the place on this topic, so, time for more input.

I am wanting to start a Saltwater Aquarium, but currently lack the room for much of a tank.

I currently have:

1 Ten Gallon Tank, Sand bottom, brackish water (Black Tip Columbian Sharks, and Bala Sharks)
1 Five Gallon Tank, Gravel Bottom, freshwater (Feeder guppies)
1 One Gallon Tank, Gravel Bottom, freshwater (Betta)

What I am wondering is this:

Is a 10 Gallon Saltwater Tank feasable, for a newcomer to saltwater?

I am hoping to start with a few Percula Clowns (3 or 4, tank size permitting).. Nothing real fancy, in the way of decoration.

If that is workable, I would like to expand the system to 4 or 5 10 Gallon Tanks, with a linked filter system, with the intention of Breeding the Clowns.


Any thoughts, comments, suggestions would be greatly welcomed.
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Old 08-13-2003, 03:53 PM   #2
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Probably in general it's not so great to start out so small, but that also might be only for a reef. I imagine it depends on what exctly you want to put in it. Some people have pretty successful nanoreefs, so it's definitely possible, but I know you have to be really careful.

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I've heard that really small saltwater tanks are hard to keep simply because the chemicals in it can change -so- quickly because there isn't much water to change. However, i've seen people with five gallon saltwater tanks that are cute and thrive, soo.... I guess it depends on how diligent you can be in making sure everything stays at good levels.

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Old 08-13-2003, 04:02 PM   #4
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10 gallon tanks are most certainly feasible but difficult to keep. They are also not recommended for those new to salt water. water conditions can change rapidly in a SW system and the amount of water volume you have determines the amount of "buffer" you have before the entire system crashes. You stated your considering a 10 gallon tank due to limitation in space, is there any way you could have a sump of a larger size located elsewhere? You allude to this later in your post when you discuss linking multiple tanks together. A sump allows you to increase the volume of water in your system and help you buffer any sudden water quality changes.

in general, mini-reefs are tough to keep and therefore not recomended for beginers. Most recomend at least a 55 for a first timer. a 10 gallon tank with a 30-40 gallon sump, might be do-able. Talk it up with a few of the mini-reefers here and get their opinions.
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I think if you do your research and are committed to making the tank work, a ten gallon tank is fine. IMO, it is easier to teach a newbie the right habits with nano tanks than someone that is used to the stability of a larger tank
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I think only 2 clowns would be the max you wanna put in the 10 gal. Someone correct me if im wrong
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