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Old 07-12-2008, 04:51 PM   #1
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Just Started.

I just started a saltwater tank today because the fish in my 5 gallon died.

So right now I have sand, saltwater measured with a hydrometer to the right salinity and about 5lbs of live rock.

For equipment I just have a heater and a aquaclear 20 powerfilter along with an "elite" hood which has a 9 watt light.

Am I doing ok so far and what else do I need or should I upgrade?

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Old 07-12-2008, 06:09 PM   #2
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ur tank is pretty cloudy
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Old 07-12-2008, 06:45 PM   #3
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Thats probably because I just started.

Here are some more pictures with a little less cloudiness, the one coral looks like it has green plants growing on it!




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The green stuff is a macro algea. Good stuff as far as eating up excessive nutrients but it will over run your tank if you dont keep it prunned.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:23 AM   #5
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Thanks.

Any suggestions or tips? Do I need better lighting? I'd like to have a coral or two.
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You`ll need some more lighting for corals. The main thing with a small tank is that things can get out of wack so fast if you dont practice diligence. Hopefully all will work out but as I said you will need more lighting.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:28 PM   #7
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Would something like this work?

http://www.bigalsonline.ca/BigAlsCA/...ghtwlunarlight
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http://www.bigalsonline.ca/BigAlsCA/...ripwlunarlight

I'd rather have T5's, but I dont think they make them under 15 inches at bigals.
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They should be OK for some LPS and soft corals.
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looking good,adn yes as you stated your tank will be cloudy for a bit!
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Well I went over to bigals today and did some buying.

The first thing I purchased was a glass canopy (which didn't fit so I had to do a little wood one to help it, as per picture) and then I bought a light. Which is a Current USA PowerBrite LED 50/50 (2 Actinic/2 10K) which I think is an amazing light for an aquarium my size.



So after picking up those two things, mainly the light the guy said I would only be able to get soft corals. So I picked up one zooanthid - which I know nothing about, didn't see much online either. But it is already beginning to reopen which is great. So here's two more pictures.




I then bought a Hydor Koralia Nano because I see it in everyones tank. But maybe the current coming from the Aquaclear 20 filter set to high is enough? Because the Koralia really seems to stir things around. I put it in the back right and left corners and still had the same affect. Any suggestions? Or do I even need it?

New full tank shot!

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