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Old 04-10-2012, 05:02 PM   #1
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Planning A 10g Saltwater Tank

I'm planning a saltwater 10g tank. I really admire saltwater fish and have decided to start something small of my own. Unfortunately, I know nothing about saltwater fish.

I just want some good ideas for stocking. I want to get two snails to keep the tank clean. As for fish, I don't want any fish that like big schools. If there are any schools, I want the maximum number to be three so I can have a nice variety. Are there any good small, solitary fish that would do good in my tank?

I also want to have live plants and corals. Any suggestions?

Also, just one more question. Do you need a special filter for saltwater tanks or can I just use any?

Thanks a bunch! I'm more of a freshwater person so this is all new to me.
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:24 PM   #2
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Main things you need to know for a small reef:
1: don't skimp on live rock. 10 lbs minimum

2: live sand. Close to 10 lbs

3: water: try and get pre mixed from your lfs ( local fish store) mixing water for the first time could be difficult, require more gadgets, and contain impurities from your tap. You will still need a hydrometer to measure salt content in the tank. I recommend keeping water at 1.023, as salinity will rise fast from evaporation in a 10 gal.

4: lighting: lots of options here. If you can afford it, get led,s. It shouldn't be too expensive for a small tank, and you will need good lighting for corals. They also make power compact fixtures that would be good for a small tank. Pretty much anything but standard t8's. You are looking for 3-5 watts per gallon.

5: filter: your main filtration is going to be biological from the live rock and sand, but a small hang on back filter should be applied for mechanical and chemical filtration. I would get something that allows you to remove the carbon, as I only run it about one week out of the month (it removes good things too) also something with good water flow would save you the need for a power head.

6: flow: you are going to look for about 10x flow rate, or 100 gallons per hour in a 10 gal. Should be enough with your filter, or you could buy a pump if you want more.

7: protein skimmer: don't get one.

8: water changes: let your tank mature about 3 weeks adding nothing but the live rock and sand. Top off with fresh ( preferably ro/di ) water. After your tank cycles, you are going to Change about 2 gallons of water out of your tank with new salt water. This will remove dissolved waste and replenish trace elements.

There are many "nano" fish available for a small reef, and tons of invertebrates. The cool thing is you still get the reef experience even in something so small. Good luck! Feel free to message me with questions.
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Wow! That's a lot of info. Thank you sooo much! I will go by this advice. Do you have any recommendations for fish and corals too? Thank you a bunch!
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You can put whatever corals you want as long as you have the light to support it. No anenomes for at least 8 months because they need an established tank. They need the trace minerals in the water to do well, an that wont happen until around 8 months. 10 gallons is very limited for fish. I would not put a clown in that size tank, i would only put a firefish and a goby like a watchman or clown. Add whatever shrimp you want as long as they are peaceful!
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Ok I understand that my choices are limited here because it's a small tank. I want fish that don't live in schools that are too big so I can have more of a variety. Do fire fish or goby live in schools? And do either of them eat snails because I wanted a couple of those. Can I use apple snails or are those freshwater only?
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Haha ya you will need special saltwater snails. And the firefish and clown goby live perfectly well on their own options are definitly limited, but you could make a killer nano reef.
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Yeah that's what I thought about the snail. Nerite snails are saltwater, right? And if fire fish and gobies are good on their own, what other fish can I get?
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To tell you the truth 2 fish is probably almost full. But this is what i think, if you got a firefish and clown goby (very small) then you could get maybe another fish like a pajama cardinal

Yes nerite snails are saltwater!
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Ok so I'll look into fire fish, gobies, and pajama cardinals. Thanks a bunch! I'll also get the nerite snails. Does the one inch of fish per gallon rule apply here? If so, I'll go by that but Ive never been completely sure if it's accurate or not.
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Nope that is a bad rule for saltwater. I mean blue tangs need about 180 gallons, but only reach 12" MAX! So you definitly need to ask others about what fish you should add. 3 fish would be stretching it, but you can do it!
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