I'm somewhat of a college student (LOL) well not this semester but in the spring I will be again. But anyways I have a ten gallon nano-reef. Here's my set-up:
1. 10 gallon tank (of course)
2. two Whisper 20 powerfilters ~100 gph
each (I just had them lying around, removed all media and filled them with lr
3. one mini-jet 606, rated between 84-160 gph
, I have it on high
4. For lighting I have a 32 watt Coralife fixture (I keep low light corals)
5. 25 watt heater.
I have like 20lbs of lr
in there with lots of mushrooms, star polyps, kenya tree coral, leather tree coral, one rock anemone, and one torch coral (near the surface of the water doing great). I also have a huge bunch of caulerpa growing in a corner that I have to trim every couple of days. As for livestock I have two tomato clowns (both are under one inch), one yellow watchman goby, one cleaner shrimp, and snails. O yeah and there's a candycane pistol in there, he's literally --- long . The tomatoes host a type of blue mushroom from the carribean that I've been cutting so there are like 9 of the mushrooms now. O there's a rock with some anthelia on it I just put in there from my 20 gallon nano reef.
As to what you asked-
You don't need a Phos-pure pad or anything like that unless you have phosphates in the water.
I would get rid of the crushed coral and get some regular sand at the lfs
. You don't have to get live sand. Just get some regular sand and then see if you can get a couple cups of live sand from your lfs
to seed it. If you do it this way, make sure when you get the live sand that you find out if the tank it's coming from has ever been medicated with any type of copper medication. If so then don't get the sand from that tank because it could still contain some copper.
I keep both my nano-reefs at ~80 degrees and sg
I dont have a fuge on either tank, but I do have caulerpa growing in both of them (and it hasn't gone sexual). If you want a cheap way of having a fuge then just get a hob
powerfilter and modify it into a fuge. You will then have to put a light over that too.
The tank looks alright, if I were you I would buy a light fixture just so it looks better and so that those lights dont happe to fall into the tank. Depending on how far you have to travel to ur dorm, you may want to think about getting a battery powered air pump to put in the bucket with the lr
Wow I typed a lot. O and any reason the water level is low in the tank (looking at the picture)?