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Old 06-11-2007, 02:38 PM   #1
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I would like to know my options /suggestions

I'm about to acquire a 10gal nano tank. Previous owner has it set up as a mini-reef. Comes with Current USA skimmer, power filter, power-head, 50 watt submersible heater and 1- 20 96 watt pc. (Coralife) 50/50 bulb. Also has 11lbs of live rock. I'm quite familiar with freshwater planted and nonplanted setups, but this is my first dive into salt.

1. I would like to house easy-to-grow coral at first, and maybe move onto something more difficult later. Any suggestions?

2. Inverts - I assume hermit crabs and snails will be ok? Is this adequate room for a cleaner or coral banded shrimp?

3. After setup for a couple weeks, I would like to add a fish - obviously something that stays small. Is this enough room for a percula clown? Any other suggestions?

I will probably be using biospira to assist in the setup. I work at a LFS, so a lot of the stuff will be readily available to me.

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Getting the tank broken down or stocked with lr/substrate?

Light is fine for just about any coral. www.fantasyreef.com has a great database on beginner corals.

1 snail/hermit per 2 gal is fine. Cleaner is no problem but personally I wouldn't put a CBS in that small of a tank but others have done it without issue.

If not getting a cycled tank then you will need to do a fish less cycle first. Biospira is a waste of money IMO.

1 smaller clown i.e. =<4" would be fine or two fish =<3" Checkout www.liveaquaria.com nano fish section for ideas.
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1st dive into salter water.

Hit the book store and check out some items.

I read "The New Marine Aquarium" book by Michael S. Paletta. and it taught me a ton.
Now it doesnt get into corals but its a good starting place. From there you can look into other books that get more specific.

Someone mentioned another good book to read after the one i read but i cant find the post or remember what it was. If someone could post that again please that would be great. I'd like to check that one out as well.
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I dunno if the live rock will be live when I get it or not. I can always get some from my LFS though. I believe I read that 1lb/gal is about right?
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1.5 lbs per gal is better. Forgot to mention my stocklist post if you haven't read it already. It covers all the basics of whats needed to run a SW tank.
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1-2 lbs per gallon, yeah. In a nano tank, the more the better in my opinion.
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