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Old 07-14-2003, 10:36 PM   #1
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micro reef startup advice

I am wanting to startup a 10 gal. to a micro reef aquarium. I know this is not recommended but can be done with the proper maintenence. I have purchased so far the live sand, some base rock, and the salt to mix the water. I have access to deionized water source because I was told that tap water would produce too much algea....Is this true?

I also wanted to ask about filtration. I plan on using a off the back pump and filter. I would probably be better off with a protien skimmer but I do not have the funds for it. would a undergravel system be better than a hanging pump and filter?

any other pro and con advice or examples of a small setup like this would be appreciated.
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Old 07-14-2003, 11:00 PM   #2
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tap water would produce too much algea
YEP!

Dont worry about a filter, just use the LR and LS. I think there are lots of cons, but IMO they do not out weigh the pros
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Old 07-14-2003, 11:21 PM   #3
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thanks for the advice but no filter...dont you atleast need some current?

and if I could include a question, how much florescent lighting per gallon can I use to keep corals and anonyme versus having the other expensive ACTINIC, 50/50 lighting.... or would I be better off?
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Old 07-14-2003, 11:23 PM   #4
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The hang on filter without the skimmer would be just fine.

If you do not have an RO unit, you could purchase the proper water from the local grocers.10 G should not cost that much and I would not suggest tap water.

I have a ĺg nano reef that works just fine that way.

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its stronly discuraged keeping an anenome in a tank let alone in a small tank and it being your first saltwater tank. Anenomes can live decades (estimated) in the ocean but many strugle to live longer than 1 year in an aquarium.

For an anenome I would say lighting in the range of 5W+ per gal. So for a 10 gal tank at least 50watts of actinic and 10K specitrum.

For many soft corals you can get buy with less light. On average I would shoot for 3 - 5 watts per gal.

With out a filter you need plenty of live rock (for a 10 gal tank i would shoot for 15lbs of LR) and a sand bed of 3-4" in depth.

For water movement you can use power heads.

Dont forget a heater to keep the tank at 80F or there about.
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Hey steve, is that that azoo tank? Doesnt it come with a 7 watt PC? I think I am gonna buy one. It has that sweet little filter too
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Hey steve, is that that azoo tank? Doesnt it come with a 7 watt PC? I think I am gonna buy one. It has that sweet little filter too
Yes it is, I have two of them.

It comes with a 7w PC and a 60lt/hr HOB filter. Great little tank

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Having had a 10g reef for a while, I can tell you what worked for me. First, no anemone...especially not in a new tank. You can light it with two 15w 18" bulbs and get decent coraline growth. I don't know if you'd get much in the way of coral growth though. That's what I started with...ended up with 2x36w PC. I would probably use one Hagen PowerGlo and one MarineGlo for bulbs. Get the short Lee CC skimmer and a good dual outlet air pump. That'll do a good job skimming the 10. The only drawback is it has to go in the tank. My 10 was pretty stable with this setup and had great coraline growth. I had 2 MJ400 powerheads for flow. I had several snails, hermits, a fire shrimp, and an ocellaris clownfish. I used a 50w VisiTherm heater. It wasn't a high tech tank, but I had a great time with it.
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Ok, now i just have to get one for the other side of my desk...
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great, thanks a bunch....let me get this correct.

*I will need compact fluorescent because I do want to grow coral

* dont need a skimmer just let the live sand and rock filter but I will need power heads for current?

*coming from a freshwater planted tank I do 1/3 water change every two weeks, do I do water changes in the similar manner to a reef tank or just top off the tank when water evaporates?
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