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Old 05-30-2010, 01:13 PM   #11
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well the .026 was when it dropped a inch. i never let it get that low again lol.
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Old 05-30-2010, 05:14 PM   #12
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What do you have in there that needs a SG of 1.028? That's really on the high side. Most oceans are 1.026sg'
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Old 05-31-2010, 03:08 PM   #13
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its not at .028 its not gotten over .026 since that time
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My bad, I miss read it.
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i do that all the time lol. i have the feeling i threadjacked haha
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Old 05-31-2010, 05:14 PM   #16
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to the OP you can do a small salt tank in a 3 gallon. just be prepared for alot of top offs and constant testing. your filter would be fine just replace the old charcoal in it. you can use new but id just let the live rock be your filter get 3-5 pounds like said and for coral you might need to upgrade your lighting but its all doable
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Old 06-12-2010, 05:43 PM   #17
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Folks,
Thanks for your feed back. I have a spare HOB filter from a 55gal and maybe ill get a 10gal starter tank at Walmart to try this salt water venture. Are there any small inexpensive starter "kits" for saltwater? wife is watching the cash flow
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Thanks for your feed back. I have a spare HOB filter from a 55gal and maybe ill get a 10gal starter tank at Walmart to try this salt water venture. Are there any small inexpensive starter "kits" for saltwater? wife is watching the cash flow
You may want to invest in a bit better quality tank than a walmart tank. They are built poorly. Also, id steer clear of kits as they tend to sell you junk equipment. Your 55g HOB should do fine for water movement in a small tank like a 10g. Youll want to get a decent heater ($20.00) and a decent light. You should be able to find a decent light for $50.00 or so to get you started and allow some easy corals (mushrooms and zoanthids). You could go cheaper if you really dont want corals. (youll want them )

Depending on money, youll want to get some live rock. You can keep it cheap by just buying a few pounds of live rock and the rest dry base rock ($2.00/lb). Add some dry aragonite sand and you are set.

Id like to add that an RO/DI unit is EXTREMELY reccomended too!
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What model HOB do you have? you should search for the AquaClear HOB refugium mod. You clip one of the impeller fins to reduce flow a little, then set up baffles and stuff in the back to make room for some macro and a heating compartment. I ran one on my 3 gallon and it was a life saver. Also had room to keep some bags of substrate or phosphate controller, kalk, whatever.
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10 gallon tanks from walmart are usally topfin and all my tanks built by them are still running so id honestly just by the 10 gallon they have at walmart. by a aquaclear filter and do the refuge mod as said before and get your live rock/baserock. your sand and id go with a pc fixture heck im sure you can use a ten gallon hood with incendescent bulbs and out 40 watt sprial floursecents thats 80 watts over a ten gallon tank.
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