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Old 02-18-2015, 07:29 PM   #1
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First time 10g

So I have a ten gallon that was going to brackish. After seeing how there really isn't much to go in it I thought why not just saltwater. For a tank that size do I really only need a power head in addition to the normal hardware? Would I be able to keep a clownfish and some kind of goby? So my question is is it really worth it to try this out? I don't want to spend hours researching only to find it would be a horrible first saltwater experience. I have experience in freshwater and if I was to do this, it would be limited to ten gallons. Thanks for the input!
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Old 02-18-2015, 07:48 PM   #2
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I'm doing exactly what you're talking about.

Had a spare 10G, wanted a Clownfish, got one, wanted corals, got some...

It's REALLY not as hard as people make it out to be.

It REALLY is as expensive though...


I think I spent around £250 on just the initial setup.

If you've got the time and money, I say go for it.


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Old 02-18-2015, 08:46 PM   #3
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What cost the most money? For a small tank it sounds like there really isn't much different from freshwater except for salt I guess.
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Lighting and ro/di water are the biggest expenses compared to fw


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Old 02-18-2015, 10:28 PM   #5
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I don't plan on doing corals and would just keep it FOWLR. Would the costs be too bad for that?
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FOWLR tanks basically are just like freshwater. The only difference is like was already said, wanting to use ro/di water to keep nitrates down. There isn't really a ball of moss that will help control them like in freshwater tanks and the algae growth can easily get out of control.
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How is maintenance on FOWLR? Would the majority just be like fw?
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10% weekly water changes. It's exactly like freshwater.
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I'd always thought a ten gallon would be a ton of work but as I research more and more it is identical to fw like you said. Is there some sort of catch to a nano fowlr?
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Long as weekly water changes are kept going it should be fine as long as you stock appropriately. There aren't too many nano fish to choose from. Everyone wants a huge tang or something else that just won't be able to survive in a small tank. People tend to forget that some of these fish get huge or travel huge distances in the oceans and seas...compared to freshwater sources which can be much smaller.
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