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Old 11-02-2005, 07:47 AM   #11
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I always rinse my sand unless it's live sand, ls doesn't do much but it still has some bacteria and is already pre-cleaned.

Others of ccourse like florida crushed coral, right on the front in big letters, states that there is no need to rinse. Well rinse it once and your going to see why thats a lie. When I did it it turned the water white.

And like I have told many many mnay people, 10 gallons are not hard. You have to know what your getting into and do a bit more research beforehand. In the long run if you start out with a 10 your going to go nuts, not many fish can be kept in a 10 gallon, and your going to want another tank right away.
And unless you have a reef 10 gallon or something it does not need to keep an absolute "vigilant" eye on it. Mine kind of takes care of itself. My hermits help out a great deal, the clean constantly. Since you have the stuff already I say go for it. But if you didn't save yourself the trouble of buying the 10 and everything and getting bored with it and have to buy it all over but this time for the 55 you've been wanting since 2 weeks after you set up the 10 gallon.
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Old 11-02-2005, 12:29 PM   #12
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thanks all for the advice, one last question, I plan on having 3 2 litre bottles, one for top ups with no salt mixture, and the other 2 for water changes with the saltwater mixture, since I am only going to be changing 1-2 gallons of water at a time for my water change, is it very important to have that water in the 2L bottles the exact same water temp as my tank? or is it ok that it is room temperature (72) and add it to my tank water since its such a small amount?
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Old 11-02-2005, 02:35 PM   #13
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2 gallons of a 10 gallon tank is a 20% water change. thats a big change for typical maintenance. I would say 1 gallon.. but then I've never had a nano, perhaps a larger percentage is the norm, i'd look check that out.

But if you end up going with 1-2 gallons for water changes... adding 2 gallons of 72 degree water to 8 gallons of 80 degree water will cause a sharp drop in the tank water temp and I would advise against it. Especialy if you consider the fact the tank is 10 gallons, but the sand and any LR you put in there and any equipment will likely repalce another 1-2 gallons of water so you'll more than likely be making 25-30% water change.... keep that in mind.

I would see if you can find perhaps an old 1 gallon milk jug or something you could drop a small wtaer heater into to bring the water closer to tank temp before adding.
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Old 11-02-2005, 06:09 PM   #14
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thanks, I will get a cheap heater then, but I will not need a powerhead to airate the water for that amount right? as long as its sealed and only going to be sitting a maximum of a week, just RO/DI water with the salt and a heater should do fine for water changes?
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it should. A simple cautionary step would be just to swirl the jug around a few times while heating it up to temp. The amount of o2 in the water affects the pH of the water. If it's salted with a good salt mix that will buffer the pH to a large degree, but the o2 is still a factor.

The goal of a water change is to take out old and off level water (off level meaning parameters are not where you want them to be, CA, Alk, pH, etc) and replace it with balanced water. If you put in water that is off on pH you could be shocking the system, especially with such a small volume system.

It may sound like i'm nitpicking, but with a nano tank you really do have to be much more diligent with the water quality.
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no your not nitpicking at all, I appreciate it alot. Its the small stuff like this that will make my life easier in the long run.
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