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Old 01-25-2011, 03:09 PM   #11
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Mandarins need to be in a well established tank or they dont do well. They eat live copeopods living in the sand & on the rock. You still have lots to choose from, just make sure its something that remains small (fire gobies, yellow watchmab goby, mabe a dwarf angel, wrasse) you can even add a cleaner shrimp...love watching mine groom the fish. With something that small you might be able to do sea horses & a pipe fish. Nano tanks are really popular. You just have to be very vigilant about water quality....since they are so small it doesnt take much for it to have a fit and having your tank crash (no matter how big or tiny) is not a fun experience.
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Ok I won't do mandrins then I'll just do some goby's but thanks for the advice
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Old 01-25-2011, 03:12 PM   #12
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If you are doing it to experiment I would do a larger tank. The more water volume the better and more forgiving your tank will be for problems or mistakes. Smaller nano`s need much more dilligence. Not saying it cant be done but it will harder. Just my experience. BTW the mandarin cant be done in a ten gallon tank unless you get one that is trained to eat prepared food.
I'm using a 10 cuz I already have a 55 gallon freshwater and I would just like to learn the basics of saltwater before I convert my big tank and I have a 10 gallon I don't use so I won't have to much stuff to buy
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:11 PM   #13
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Thanks this helps alot I'm just doing a little 10 gallon to experiment cuz I already have a 55 gallon freshwater is there any fish I shouldn't put in the tank I was thinking about just doing some goby's and those mandarin fish
I was also wondering if I could put stuff like crabs and shrimp in FOWLR or do they need coral
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They dont need corals. FOWLR will be fine for them.
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:49 AM   #15
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They dont need corals. FOWLR will be fine for them.
Ok tthanks for the help
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Just to let you know, nanos are going to be much more difficult to maintain. Any minor fluctuation in the parameters could cause your tank to crash. You're going to want to do frequent water changes and definitely invest in a RO/DI unit. On the other hand, if you can master a SW nano, you should have no problem with 55+!
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:37 AM   #17
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Just to let you know, nanos are going to be much more difficult to maintain. Any minor fluctuation in the parameters could cause your tank to crash. You're going to want to do frequent water changes and definitely invest in a RO/DI unit. On the other hand, if you can master a SW nano, you should have no problem with 55+!
What an ro/di unit And the 55 will proubly be an investment down the road and I need to figure out what to do with all mr fish in that tank
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Not sure what you meant about the first part, but the 55 definitely needs to be an investment. I'm already pushing $1000 and I don't have any corals or a decent light yet. Getting an RO/DI now would help lower that cost in the future and help you with your nano now.
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You don't need a ro/di yet . on a ten gallon it is easy enough to get water from walmart or cullagan, although it would be nice to have one. And like uscamaro said it will help lower cost down the road.
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