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Old 02-02-2007, 09:14 PM   #11
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also with the heater... i previously did not have a heater in my big tank? why is this necesary
The answer to your question is that the bigger your water volume the more stable your temps are. I have a 125 gallon tank that has a heater but it rarely runs because the large volume of water stays pretty stable. 10 gallons on the other hand will need a heater quite often because of the small water volume temps will fluctuate. HTH
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:22 PM   #12
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thank you... i will add that to my list of things to do...
do the LFS have these heaters....

also i do not need to buy everything at the same time at first all i need is the filter tank water and sandcorrect while it cycles
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yes the lfs sells heaters. They are around $15-$20.

You also need 15 to 20 lbs of lr to cycle your tank. Do not add any fish until the cycle is complete.

If you get cheap equipment, you get what you pay for. So I suggest you spend some extra $ on equipment so you don't have problems later on.

The lr itself will be your $120.
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As Lance said you will need the LR also. You can cycle your tank and cure your LR at the same time. Good Luck.
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I have to say that these people on this forum have helped me tremendously...I had researched lots before I took the plunge..I have had FW for many years but different ball game here...the best advice I can give you is to get the best equipment that you possibly can afford. If it means saving for another month then so be it..time flys. You will not be disappointed..SW is not something to skimp on for sure...and the 2nd most important thing is to ask lots of questions and appreciate the advice these guys give you because they know their stuff..they are not getting paid to help people like you and I and its our job to listen and not get defensive when people are trying to help us...and the 3rd most important thing is to have fun because this is the neatest adventure that Ihave been on in a longtime.

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i dont no if this is correct... but you guys suggest this skimmer for the tank.. i just think its gunna be a little to big? and stand out on a 10 gallon tank.... anyone hear of thiss one? New 2007 Model Odyssea PS75 HOB SUMP Protein Skimmer*..
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should be getting the tank monday with the skimmer live sand and some live rock... lighting will be bought wen cycle is close to over? .. is that ok and ...

i also read another article in this section about purple up.. is that ok to put in the tank as its cycling and then stop and test the water and maybe giv it a week off before adding fish or anything else to the tankkk

...one last thing if i get this skimmer do i need a filter?
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i also read another article in this section about purple up.. is that ok to put in the tank as its cycling and then stop and test the water and maybe giv it a week off before adding fish or anything else to the tankkk
There is absolutely no reason to add this to your tank during the cycle. After the cycle PWC`s will do what you need most likely. Additives will be hard on a tank of that size.
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i dont no if this is correct... but you guys suggest this skimmer for the tank.. i just think its gunna be a little to big? and stand out on a 10 gallon tank.... anyone hear of thiss one? New 2007 Model Odyssea PS75 HOB SUMP Protein Skimmer*..
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If you are bound and determined to do a 10 gallon, skip the skimmer and filter idea altogether, buy more liferock...20 lbs or so, and lots of salt. You will be doing a minimum of 2 25% H2O changes per week. I know this because I run a 10 gallon nano. There really isn't a skimmer on the market suitable for a tank that size.
The odyessa skimmers are crap. Spend less that $75 on a skimmer and you will likely throw it out the window in a week.

Again, for the 9th time, i as with the other members encourage you to save up and buy a larger tank.

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should be getting the tank monday with the skimmer live sand and some live rock... lighting will be bought wen cycle is close to over? .. is that ok and ...
Yes and no. From your rush to do all of this, and your determination to fight good advice, i encourage you to wait to buy your live rock until you have your lighting and all equipment you need.

Yes, technically you could cycle without lights, but if you have anything you want to live on the rocks other than bacteria (coralline algae, sponges, hitchhikers, corals) you need lights to keep them alive, if they survive the cycle.

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i also read another article in this section about purple up.. is that ok to put in the tank as its cycling and then stop and test the water and maybe giv it a week off before adding fish or anything else to the tankkk
No. not ok. You need test kits and a full understanding of what your water needs and doesn't need before you go dumping additives willy nilly. Purple up adds calcium and magnesium and alters your KH, GH and PH. Make sure you understand these concepts and what the parameters for each should be before dumping them in your tank.

Many think Purple Up is snake oil anyway. I'd be among that group.


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...one last thing if i get this skimmer do i need a filter?
See my answer about your skimmer choice. The reason we pressed you on a skimmer was in hopes you would listen to countless suggestions to go with a larger tank (30+ gallons minimum). If you must do only 10 gallons because you don't want to wait enough to save up money, you might consider getting an aqua clear filter and modifying it for a refugium. Otherwise count on quality live rock to filter your water, along with a diligent schedule of water changes, 2-3 x per week at 10-25% volume.


You are also going to need at least one quality powerhead suitable for a small tank, preferably 2
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lol.. i feeel bad for saying this but now im really getting lost...

for starts im gunan put a list of what i no i need and what i think i need... can u guys fill me in with some names of the actuall products so i can search around..

10 gallon tank
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now for what im not shure about is the skimmer i no you said i do not need it but then what will i need you are confusing me a little sorry for this
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