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Old 04-17-2010, 12:02 PM   #1
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Hey guys, thanks to my wife, there is a good possibility that i'm getting some free lr today off craigslist. This is the only reason I have not set up a sw tank yet, because the stuff is so expensive around here. I've wanted to for quite some time though! Included with the rock is some sand, crabs (including hermits) and snails. They have some buckets of base rock along with some (unknown quantity) live rock (hey, whose complaining?). I figured I would start small (i know, smaller is harder... only have 10g's until i take the plunge on my 150g) so i'm going to start with it. I dont plan on any fish for a while, maybe a goby or clown of some sort eventually. I dont guess im going to have any mechanical filtration on the tank, just a powerhead or two to push the water around. I've been planning this for a very long time, I just havent had the opportunity to follow through with it until now. I'm going to wait for corals until later down the road since i dont have the lighting necessary (or the funds to purchase any), and I just wanna kinda get my feet wet with it here. I've already read most all of the commonly referenced articles and have a pretty good idea of what to expect (be expecting some i.d. pictures though), but any tips from people who have switched from fw to sw would be great. I hope to have some pictures up tonight (assuming they follow through and give them to me). Anything I'm missing?
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Sweet! Welcome to the salty side! Sounds like you know what you want to do also, so that's a plus when it comes to saltwater. Starting with fowlr is definitely a good start if you don't want to, or don't have the funds to step up to reef. It will give you a nice glance in to what will be expected further down the road when/if you do convert to reef.

I also think a 10G is a nice place to start. Only advice i could give for a tank that size, is just keep up with your weekly PWC's and you'll be fine. Only other thing is that if you don't have a lid covering the tank, evaporation is going to be nuts, so just make sure you are on top of your top offs.

Good Luck! Look forward to seeing some pictures!
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Wellcome to the club,I would definately advise on a lid for your tank not just for evaporation but alot of salt water fish will jump out of the tank,if poss i would advise on maybe adding a small sump/refugium to add some water volume to your tank and to add to filtering.

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I`m the opposite as I dont suggest glass tops. There are some times when you need a top, not always but I always suggest a netting or eggcrate. Glass tops promote poor gas exchange at the surface causing low PH problems. As far as your tank size it can be done but it will require much dilligence. More water volume is more forgiving when problems arise. Smaller tanks are less forgiving. But with some dilligence it can come together.
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I've got a lid, but i hadnt planned on using it. I've experienced the ph problems with my fw tanks, and i know its a bad idea if avoidable. It'll be next to the kitchen sink (sorry i plan on using tap for now at least ) so topping off wont be too bad.
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Sounds good, i was just mentioning a lid to stop evaporation since it will be wild on a 10G.. but you know.. it's going to be pretty ruthless in that tank if your using tap water.
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I have an RO filter if you ever wanted to come over and get some water although for some reason the pH is like 6.4
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Just got back from getting my rock. I got a 5 gallon bucket full of live rock (probably around 30lbs, just estimating) and a 6 gallon bucket of base rock. I got smaller pieces, so the buckets were pretty full. The guy had a 125g tank packed full but since an ice storm we had last year, he's let it go. It had algae and aiptasia everywhere!!!!!!! But, i got a hermit crab and who knows whats in the tank. The good news, the guy paid nothing for his tank, and if he cant sell it, may give it to me. He also has a 6' light with 8 39w actinics and 3 175w MH lights he offered me for $350. So i may get a free tank out of the deal too? I got 15lbs of dry aragonite sand and am in the process of setting up the tank now. I'll have pics soon. I have a feeling im starting the hard way here!
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