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Old 06-27-2005, 03:56 PM   #1
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Hello. I have a 37gal freshwater tank that I really like but I purchased another tank over the weekend that I am making a saltwater tank. It is just a 6gal NanoCube tank. I have bought the live sand and 7 lbs of live rock. With the NanoCube (very impressed with it by the way) there is a regular light for the saltwater and a new LED light for at night. My question is how much do I want to light the tank. With my freshwater tank I have it on a timer to go on and off a couple times a day and they get about a total of 12 hours light. Also, with the live rock that I bought from the local place, a great sea urchin was hiding in one and has come out since I put the salt water in. Does that guy need food or does he just feed off of any organisms on the rock? Thank you for your help!

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You're going to need to have steady light on your tank. I would say at least 8 hours of uninterrupted light per day. Are you planning on putting corals in your tank? As far as your urchin goes, I don't have much experience with them. I've heard they eat Coraline algae, but I don't know how true that statement is. Good luck!

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Old 06-27-2005, 04:49 PM   #3
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You should have a timer for this tank and it should have a consistent 12 hours of light. You may have to alter depending on algae growth.
What type of bulb/s came with nanocube?
Do you have a test kit and hydrometer? You will have to keep on top of evaporation.
Let your tank sit for a couple of weeks before you get any livestock. Tank needs to cycle.
After it cycles, you should limit yourself to one fish, 2 inches. Clown gobies are colorful and interesting. Check out www.liveaquaria.com they have a nano fish section in there salt water fish section to give you ideas.
You'll also be able to add a couple of hermit crabs and snails.
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Do yo have a link to this particular tank? Who makes it? I can better answer your questions once I have researched the product.
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Old 06-28-2005, 09:20 AM   #5
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This is the same tank except I have the one that is 6gal and all the new models have the blue LED light for at night.
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