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Old 01-31-2004, 04:22 PM   #1
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hey i have a spare 5 gallon tank just lying around i was wondering if i could turn it into a salt water...i wanted to get a couple of clown fish and maybe a puffer if possible would that be ok or no?
i could live without the puffer also what would i need all i have is the tank and a fluval 1 filter which im not sure i could use as well as a heater
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Old 01-31-2004, 04:42 PM   #2
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In a 5 gal tank you would be able to get away with one small growing fish or smaller species of clown. A pair would be best suited in a 10 or 20 gal tank depending on species. The puffer would be out for a 5 gal tank.

The fluval 1 could definately be used for water flow but I would remove the media. In smaller tanks, any amount of trapped detritus will affect water quality quickly. I would instead suggest about 10 lbs of live rock and some quality oolitic aragonite sand (1-1½") to function as your primary filtration source.

The need for a heater will depend on the ambient room temp where the tank is set up. There are many small titanium submersibles that could be tucked behind the LR out of view.

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Old 01-31-2004, 05:29 PM   #3
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so all i would need is the live rock and sand?
and what is oolitic aragonite sand ? is that live sand?
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so all i would need is the live rock and sand?
That and good water flow will really be about all the fitration you will need. The Fluval 1 can be used to house media when you want to "polish" the water but media is not necessary 24/7.

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and what is oolitic aragonite sand ? is that live sand?
Oolitic refers to the shape of the sand which is rounded and smooth. Unlike silica based sands that are flat and have sharper edges. Aragonite is a CaCO3 based sand that will aid in buffering the tank water.

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where could i get these items like the sand...my pet store guy doesnt seem 2 know 2 much
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Old 02-02-2004, 01:06 AM   #6
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you need to find the lfs with saltwater stuff by finding your nearest stores on a website like switchboard.com or mapquest.com yellow pages, then call to see what they have and take a road trip, mapquest is good because you can get directions right there, just search for pet shop

I have gone 20 or 30+ miles to fetch stuff, all part of the fun!
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one note of warning...a tank that small will be very difficult to
keep stable. The bigger the tank, the easier that chore is.
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