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Old 08-25-2005, 08:42 AM   #1
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Need some help starting a 10gal tank

This is the equipment that I'm looking at right now....

Emperor 280 Power Filter
Penguin powerhead (probaly something like a 550)
20" Fluorescent with a blue tint.

Would the pump and powerhead create enough movement or should I maybe look for something more?

The other thing is, what do I put on the bottom? Aragonite or sand? I will be putting a large chunk of lr.
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Old 08-25-2005, 09:17 AM   #2
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That sounds like plenty of water movement to me. The fish and inverts that you want to keep will help you decide what substrate to use. Have you been researching them? You can find lots of info about their habits and your choices for substrate.



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Old 08-25-2005, 09:18 AM   #3
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Filtration should be sufficient. You may want to get 2 smaller PH's instead of 1 bigger one. Maybe do like 2 MaxiJet 400's ...

http://www.aquariumguys.com/maxijet400.html


On the sand Aragonite is sand, it's known as Aragonite based sand ... it helps buffer the PH better than a silica based sand. Many people have used silica based in their tanks, I guess it's really a matter of personal preference.

Good luck, and remember with 10 gallon tanks the slightest change in anything could be detrimental.
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Old 08-25-2005, 10:45 AM   #4
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Well, I did think of the type of fish I want to put into the tank. I'll probably have 2 clown fish, and some other type that will get along with them.
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Old 08-25-2005, 01:04 PM   #5
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You could also have a bare bottomed tank with live rock.


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Old 08-27-2005, 11:34 AM   #6
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2 clownfish + 1 other = overstocking. 10 gal is small ... firefish, goby, blenny, may be good, one clownfish may be reaching. Like Jermz79 said, little changes lead to big problems. Is this your first tank? Read up on things, and good luck with it.
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If you aren't totally hooked on the clown idea... Have you thought about a goby/pistol shrimp sybiosis? With a deep sand bed you could watch the two species working together which is a really cool site. My personal mission is to have this in my 6 gal. With a 10 gal you could have the symbiosis and a pepoermint shrimp....
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I know plenty of nano reefers who have 3 fish in their ten gallons.
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I know plenty of nano reefers who have 3 fish in their ten gallons.
that may be so, whether it is good for the fish or not, is the issue. The answer to that depends on the type of fish, the type of tank set up and many factors. You cannot make blanket statements such as it is fine, or it isnt, unless you know all the facts.

Personally, I think 2 clowns and another fish is indeed, too much.
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My advice is don't. Forget the 10g and upgrade to a nano cube for the money. You will spend just as much on the 10g with all the equipment. The cube has everything you need to include filtration and lighting. Here is what they look like:

http://cgi.ebay.com/New-JBJ-12gal-Na...QQcmdZViewItem

They retail for $99-$149 depending on the model you get. There is also a 24g version as well.

Of course my recomendation would be to get as big a system as you can afford for a SW set up. If you want a nano though this is the way to go IMO.

Here is a link for appropriate fish for a nano as well.

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/s...fm?pCatId=2124

Remeber 2-3 fish is going to be you max though plus several inverts and possibly coral down the road.

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