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Old 08-03-2012, 01:03 PM   #1
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i would like to start a pico reef tank, help!

Hello, no saltwater experience here! I have a 75 gallon, 15 gallon and 3 gallon to myself that are all freshwater and I also maintain my mothers 10 & 15 gallon tanks. I am enchanted by saltwater and have never done it before mainly because I am totally intimidated lol and have no idea where to start. I really want a pick tank (5 gallons tops. ) I know, I know, the bigger the better but another big tank is simply not an option due to space, I cannot go any larger than 5 gallons and preferably smaller.
How should I start? Suggestions?
What fish/inverts/corals/anemone ect can be kept in a 5g or smaller? I really like blennies and oscellaris clown if those are possibilities?

Stocking suggestions are appreciated as well as ideal substrate and what I need to get started. I will be dedicated to the extra work of maintaining a tiny tank, I just need some help getting started. Thanks SO MUCH and sorry for writing a novel!
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:04 PM   #2
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Pico * autocorrect changed to pick lol
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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In a 5 gallon tank there are no clown fish and no blennies that would survive. You have few options.... Maybe small gobies would work but thats it...
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A tank that size I wouldn't add any fish to just do inverts and corals which will also help water quality being such a small tank
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:04 PM   #5
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Okay gobies are cool too I really would like to have at least one small fish, I could possibly do like 7-8 gallon if I can find a nice cube shaped tank that doesn't take up much room . Would that be better?
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:05 PM   #6
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Okay gobies are cool too I really would like to have at least one small fish, I could possibly do like 7-8 gallon if I can find a nice cube shaped tank that doesn't take up much room . Would that be better?
When talking these sizes every gallon counts but could you manage space for a 10 cause that will really open up your options
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I could do 10 if I can find one with a cube shape rather than long
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What are the dimensions that you have to stay in because being that small you could easily have lowes/home depot cut you some acrylic and with a little DIY experience you could maximize the space available to you for pretty low cost
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:08 PM   #9
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This wont be happening for a while btw, so there's plenty of time to discuss options and search for the perfect equipment
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Well if you've got time then get some scrap acrylic from them probably get it for free and practice welding acrylic a little bit and when you feel comfortable you could build your own customized rimless pico reef and that small Leds would be pretty cheap to light with so it could look very clean and sexy
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