Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 02-20-2013, 10:18 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
Basefrog's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Rutland, England
Posts: 361
Nano Reef setup.. First time going salty!

Hey guys.. After coming back from Thailand scuba diving for 3 Months, I am now tempted to set up a nano reef to bring a piece of the wonders of the underwater world to life in my room!

I am 99% of a newbie to salt water aquariums and have only kept tropical/cold water tanks for about 10 years (This is part of my reason to try something new).

What is the perfect size tank for a nano? 5 gal? 10 gal?

What kind of filter do I need?

Do I need any powerheads?

What are easy corals to keep? Soft? Hard?

What kind of life can I keep in it? I understand for most fish it will be too small, so are Shrimps ok? I love the look and behavior of Boxer Shrimp! Which I saw in the wild so would be extra cool to keep one!

Any other help would be very much welcomed! Plus pictures of your nano reefs if you have any?

Many thanks,
Nathan =)

Never fear, Froggy is here! *Ribbit*
My 23L Planted Build - From Day 1!

Subscribe to my YouTube for updated aquarium videos --> My YouTube Channel
Basefrog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2013, 10:30 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Knoxville TN
Posts: 227
Welcome to the addiction!

I'd say go at least 20 gal if you can. The smaller the tank the more difficult to maintain. The cost difference between a 10 and 20 is pretty minimal. The 20 will also open quite a few more fish.

For filter your rock will do most of the work. You can also add a HOB of some kind for mechanical(filter floss) and chemical(chemipure elite) through.

You will need a powerhead of some kind. I like the hydor koralia nanos. 1 425 should be fine.

This will depend on your lighting. I would stick with soft and maybe some lps. But again it depends on lighting.

Here is a nice list of good nano fish:

Nano Fish
shady3210 is offline   Reply With Quote

nano, nano reef, reef, salt, setup

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:30 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.