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Old 02-14-2004, 02:41 PM   #1
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Help Geting Started.

I have a empty 10 galon tank. i moved my freshwater fish out of it last night and i would like to make it a salt water tank. i have a heater and a filter for it. what and or how would i go about seting up a new salt water tank???

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55 gallon - Live plants, gravel:
3 Bala Sharks, 4 Tiger Barbs, 3 Long Finned Rosy Barbs, 1 Tire Track Eel, 1 Black Ghost Knife, 1 Gold Gourami, 2 Gold Barbs, 1 Pecock Eel ,1 Chinese Algae Eater.

45 gallon - Live plants, sand.
6 Cichlids = 1 Pink Convict, 1 Electric Yellow Hap, 1 Kenyi, 1 MUTT, 1 Johanni Mbuna, 1 Jacobfreibergi Peacock, 1 Plecostomus.

1 gallon - SW - crushed coral, live rock. **
4 Dwarf Hermit Crabs, 2 Astraea Turbo Snail.
Hitchikers - 1 green shroom, 2 polyps, and one muscle.

1 gallon - SW - crushed coral, live rock. **
4 Dwarf Hermit Crabs.
Hitchikers - 4 yellow polyps.

**10 gallon sump attached to both the 1 gallons.

10 gallon - FW sand, rock.
30ish Cichlid fry.

30 gallon - DOWN - Awating FW or SW
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Old 02-14-2004, 03:02 PM   #2
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well 10 gal in sw is not vary ez to keep. have you ever had a sw tank. if not you might want to keep it fw till you get the hang of what sw is all about.
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Old 02-14-2004, 03:13 PM   #3
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Cody--look over this posting "Small tank----2.5 gallon" in the Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started forum. I also recommend finding a good book and reading the articles on SW here at Aquarium Advice and any articles you can find about SW in a small tank. I do not keep SW, but I am looking into a BW tank. From the reading I have done, there is a recommendation of a minimum of 30 gal for SW/BW due to water stability concerns. I have a 20 gal sitting around empty, which I would like to keep puffers and bumblebee gobies in, but that plan is on hold until I get more information.
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Old 02-14-2004, 03:15 PM   #4
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Are you wanting to use your 10G tank to keep the costs down? If not, many would recommend getting a larger tank to start with because smaller volumes have are less forgiving with fluctuations. If you decided to get a bigger tank, your 10G will always be useful as a QT or a sump.
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No it's just i have an extra tank and was wanting to do something salt water with it so i could learn more about it. i was thinking about puting some live rock in there after it was up and running, but i don't know if that would work or not. I know that it is a small tank but is there anything i can do salt water wise with my 10 gallon to gain some experance and knowlage on SW...
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55 gallon - Live plants, gravel:
3 Bala Sharks, 4 Tiger Barbs, 3 Long Finned Rosy Barbs, 1 Tire Track Eel, 1 Black Ghost Knife, 1 Gold Gourami, 2 Gold Barbs, 1 Pecock Eel ,1 Chinese Algae Eater.

45 gallon - Live plants, sand.
6 Cichlids = 1 Pink Convict, 1 Electric Yellow Hap, 1 Kenyi, 1 MUTT, 1 Johanni Mbuna, 1 Jacobfreibergi Peacock, 1 Plecostomus.

1 gallon - SW - crushed coral, live rock. **
4 Dwarf Hermit Crabs, 2 Astraea Turbo Snail.
Hitchikers - 1 green shroom, 2 polyps, and one muscle.

1 gallon - SW - crushed coral, live rock. **
4 Dwarf Hermit Crabs.
Hitchikers - 4 yellow polyps.

**10 gallon sump attached to both the 1 gallons.

10 gallon - FW sand, rock.
30ish Cichlid fry.

30 gallon - DOWN - Awating FW or SW
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well you could try, the concern is that you need to spend a few bucks to get started in SW and you don't wanna spend the money and end up "throwing the towel in" from the potential frustrations that a smaller system can cause. just my thoughts though.
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Thank you for the advice (O:
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55 gallon - Live plants, gravel:
3 Bala Sharks, 4 Tiger Barbs, 3 Long Finned Rosy Barbs, 1 Tire Track Eel, 1 Black Ghost Knife, 1 Gold Gourami, 2 Gold Barbs, 1 Pecock Eel ,1 Chinese Algae Eater.

45 gallon - Live plants, sand.
6 Cichlids = 1 Pink Convict, 1 Electric Yellow Hap, 1 Kenyi, 1 MUTT, 1 Johanni Mbuna, 1 Jacobfreibergi Peacock, 1 Plecostomus.

1 gallon - SW - crushed coral, live rock. **
4 Dwarf Hermit Crabs, 2 Astraea Turbo Snail.
Hitchikers - 1 green shroom, 2 polyps, and one muscle.

1 gallon - SW - crushed coral, live rock. **
4 Dwarf Hermit Crabs.
Hitchikers - 4 yellow polyps.

**10 gallon sump attached to both the 1 gallons.

10 gallon - FW sand, rock.
30ish Cichlid fry.

30 gallon - DOWN - Awating FW or SW
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