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Old 03-22-2014, 04:52 AM   #1
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Help converting 14g tank

I want to start one up,could anybody help me convert a 14 gallon freshwater to nano reef.

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Well, I'm just gonna start off saying it is expensive. However, you were probably scared away because of all these expensive things you need to get. The good thing about a Nano tank is that they don't cost as much.

Here are some common things you'll find online about Nano's (These aren't really true.)

-They are really hard
-Too expensive for such a little tank
-You can't keep any fish in them
-Water parameters change fast (Which is true to a certain extent.)

As long as you keep up on your maintenance, you'll have no problems.

Here is a basic rundown of the price:

Tank- Already Have

Dead Rock- $25 http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006D5...&pi=SX200_QL40. You can add a piece of live rock from your LFS to spread Coraline.

Sand: $10 Buy it dead, don't fall for the "live sand because it's wet" hoax.

Lights- if you plan on growing corals, at Taotronics panel is how you want to go. $100

Heater- already have

Refractometer- $25 measures salt, don't buy a swing arm hydrometer.

Powerheads- Koralia Nano 240- $20

Filter- AC HOB 70 - $40
If you already have a filter, just tell me what it is.

Test kits- API Master test kit will do you good and Phosphates. $25 + $10

If you plan on reef add: Calcium, Magnesium, Alk, by a better brand like: Red Sea, Salifert or Hannah Checkers.

FOWLR- $155
Reef- $300

You can slowly advance to a reef later on.
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