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Old 06-28-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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First Nano Reef

Going to be moving into a dorm in the coming months so I decided to build a reef tank to take with me.

So far I've gotten my tank and lighting.

Tank is a 4.5g rimless, curved corner tank. (35cm x 21 cm x 23 cm)
Light is a 16w (16x 1w blue and white) LED fixture I got at an LFS. The color on this lamp is pretty good. It's a lot more purplish white than the pictures make it out to be.

I'm thinking I might start out with a few zoas and other softies and generally easy polyps and maybe put in an sps or two.

I have a few questions:
1. What size HOB should I get for this thing? Is an AC20 too large? *lookin for something really really quiet too since it'll be a shared dorm)
2. How much water movement should I need? I have a 140gph power head is that enough?
3. What other supplies do I need other than:
HOB
Heater -X
Thermometer -X
Water Movers -X
Light - X
Aragonite
Refractometer
Test kits
4. What test kits do I need for a nano reef? I have the standard ph, nitrate, ammonia, nitrite get up and I also have GH, phosphate and KH. What am I missing if I'm looking into coral?
Fauna will be restricted to typical CUC and maybe some sexy shrimp.

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Testing out the lights using a piece of rock that was encrusted by purple algae from tanks past.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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That's a really good start. And lol, when you said 140gph I thought I was reading it wrong then I remembered its a 4.5 gallon. Haha
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From the sounds of what you want to keep in the tank, the 140 should work well enough. As far as the hob, I don't have any experience with those. . Sorry.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:51 PM   #4
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Hmm...
I think I'll just get the 20 anyways to hide the heater and some rubble rock and maybe chaeto.
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