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Old 11-14-2014, 06:26 PM   #1
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Help me set up my first SW

Hello, so I've been really interested in setting up a saltwater tank. I've never had one before but I do have 2 tropical.
I've been researching a lot and I think that the best thing for me would be a nano tank.
I really, really want a clownfish, but have been debating which tank I should get, the one I'm looking at getting is 25Liters which is around 6 US gallons I think, would that be enough for a clownfish? Also what other fish/ critters could I get? Various stocking possibilities appreciated 😊

Equipment isn't really a problem except for lighting, seeing as this is my first SW should I do a FOWLR or reef?? Which lighting unit could I get in both cases? In my freshwater I actually have an led strip which has 18x 0.2 W LEDs and on the box it says it good for plant and coral growth, however at 3.6W is it really enough? (It also says 45 lumens if that helps).

I can't actually have this tank yet as no pet store in my area have any sort of marine equipment ( RO water, live rock, live sand, fish...) so I have to wait until I find a store that does.

Another question I have is would I be able to use distilled water instead of RO because I can actually get that. I know that some people use tap but I really don't want to get horrible algae which would probably put me off SW.

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Old 11-15-2014, 06:18 PM   #2
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I think a better choice of water is RO/DI water. A lot less junk in it, not sure distilled water is something you could use. As far as lighting goes, I think 3.6 won't be enough, depends on what coral you want in there. And for stocking, a clownfish is way too big for a 6 gallon tank. You're going to need to stick to the smaller goby family (clown goby, neon goby, etc). I would do one of those and load that bad boy with some sweet inverts! It could be a really diverse tank that way.
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Watchman yellow goby is ok for that size, 1 or 2 snails, cleaner shrimp.


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Watchman yellow goby is ok for that size, 1 or 2 snails, cleaner shrimp.


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I would disagree with that, watchmen are on the big side for prawn gobies at ~6". A red banded hi fin goby (or similar sized) would work in a 6 though, if that symbiotic relationship interests you.


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I think a better choice of water is RO/DI water. A lot less junk in it, not sure distilled water is something you could use. As far as lighting goes, I think 3.6 won't be enough, depends on what coral you want in there. And for stocking, a clownfish is way too big for a 6 gallon tank. You're going to need to stick to the smaller goby family (clown goby, neon goby, etc). I would do one of those and load that bad boy with some sweet inverts! It could be a really diverse tank that way.

Ok, so no tank until I can afford my own RO DI unit :/
Would I be able to keep soft corals or would I need to upgrade my lighting? How many watts for LEDs?
As for stocking, how many litres would I need to keep 1 clownfish(or 2), 1clown goby and a few shrimp and snails?


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I would disagree with that, watchmen are on the big side for prawn gobies at ~6". A red banded hi fin goby (or similar sized) would work in a 6 though, if that symbiotic relationship interests you.


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Sorry, I don't know what symbiotic relationship you mean. I'm completely new to this so I apologise for my ignorance


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Ok, so no tank until I can afford my own RO DI unit :/
Would I be able to keep soft corals or would I need to upgrade my lighting? How many watts for LEDs?
As for stocking, how many litres would I need to keep 1 clownfish(or 2), 1clown goby and a few shrimp and snails?


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Does your LFS sell rodi water? For a 6 gallon it should be pretty inexpensive & convenient, just get a 5 gallon bucket at a time.


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Ok, so no tank until I can afford my own RO DI unit :/
Would I be able to keep soft corals or would I need to upgrade my lighting? How many watts for LEDs?
As for stocking, how many litres would I need to keep 1 clownfish(or 2), 1clown goby and a few shrimp and snails?


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So I looked at an article and someone can correct me if I'm wrong but I believe it's 4-6 or 6-8 watts per gallon, again depending on what kind of coral you want to keep. And as Sand Dollar said, see if your local fish store sells water. Mine sells pre-mixed salt water, so it's easier for me because I only have 14 gallons. As far as a clownfish, I'd say you need about 20 US gallons. But the symbiotic relationship is the coolest thing ever! Google the goby & shrimp relationship and you'll find some awesome videos of it!


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Sorry, I don't know what symbiotic relationship you mean. I'm completely new to this so I apologise for my ignorance


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Symbiotic relationships are two species working together in the reef. Here's a couple examples in this link.
http://www.tfhmagazine.com/saltwater...e-aquarium.htm


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Does your LFS sell rodi water? For a 6 gallon it should be pretty inexpensive & convenient, just get a 5 gallon bucket at a time.


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No fish store near me sell anything marine related, the closest store that does is an hour car drive away and I don't have a car


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