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Old 12-23-2003, 04:57 PM   #1
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*NEW TO SALT* please help me out

hi, i keep fresh water tanks with african cichlids and discus and want to do a salt. i wil use my 10 gallon after i sell the convicts in it. I want a pair of clown fish and either, coral, live rock or an anenome, which i prefer. Wil this fit in a 10 gallon? and how should i set it up? what type of lights should i have? The hood on it is fit for a 29 gallon. Please tell em the supplies i should get. please help thanks.
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10 gallon salt tanks are for more experienced reefers. If you do a water change and your new water is not perfect. you have almost no buffer water to stabilize or help dilute mistakes. If you do want to go through with it. I recommend 25 lbs live rock, a 55 watt 50/50 PC. since its only 10g you should purchase your life rock and live sand. (use the calculator for depth) through it in the tank and let it sit for a month to cycle with the lights off. (weekly taking out the rocks and scrubbing off any dead Organic compounds.) As far as everything else I recommend just browsing the forums. You prob will only be able to keep 1 fish in there.

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Nitrogen cycle test kit
synthetic salt
water dechlorinator
Heaters
pc lights
LR and maybe live sand.
Powerhead for water agitation
Hyrdrometer.
Lots of extra buckets to mix and store water.
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Honestly a 10 gal will be more work than you think. If at all possible I would suggest at the very least a 20 gal to start with. The reason is water quality. Larger volume of water = more stable water quality. The 10 gal will need daily checkups to make sure salinity is ok as well as ammonia and temperature. A pair of very small clowns would be ok but nothing more as far as fish. These clowns will also outgrow the 10 gal.

Anenomes should only be kept in a mature system with LOTS of light. For a 10 gal tank I would be talking at a minimum of 55W of PC light.
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Welcome..... Salt is a whole new ball game from fresh. My friend has a fresh with over 25 fish in a 50 gallon and doesnt even own a test kit. I have over 200.00 in test kits alone and test my water at least every 4 to 6 days. I had (oops had ) 6 fish in a 45 gallon and was over stocked.

Salt is a very time consuming but very worth while adventure. I would suggest reading up on it for a few months before you jump in. I think they say the average cost for salt is 20.00 per gallon. I say it more like 50.00 per gallon.

The time differences are 1 hour per night ( a newby will average ) to his 1 hour per week.. Hope that helps...

Note: Not trying to scare you off but nothing happens fast in a reef except a tank crash.... See my prior post if you want more details on that one...
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