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Old 07-17-2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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Possible 10G build.. first time salt water tank!!!

Hi everyone,

So I have a 10G just sitting around right now with no plans for it so I was thinking of doing a salt water tank with a clown fish or 2. I've never done a SW tank so bare with me as I know nothing about doing one. :/

My main questions are
1. Would 2 clowns be okay in this size tank? If not, what else could I have? Recommendations??
2. What kind of filter would you recommend?
3. How much aquarium salt would I need?
4. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated

I'm not going to be doing this right away, just something I wanna start thinking about thanks in advance!!
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:23 PM   #2
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No one wants to help a SW newbie? :/
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Hi everyone,

So I have a 10G just sitting around right now with no plans for it so I was thinking of doing a salt water tank with a clown fish or 2. I've never done a SW tank so bare with me as I know nothing about doing one. :/

My main questions are
1. Would 2 clowns be okay in this size tank? If not, what else could I have? Recommendations??
2. What kind of filter would you recommend?
3. How much aquarium salt would I need?
4. Any other advice would be greatly appreciated

I'm not going to be doing this right away, just something I wanna start thinking about thanks in advance!!
1. No they need a minimum of 20g
2. For filters you can just use lr and sand with some powerheads and weekly water changes
3. I would get the big 5g buckets so u don't have to go to the store all the time.
4. If u have never cycled a tank google it and make sure u do it properly.
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1. No they need a minimum of 20g
2. For filters you can just use lr and sand with some powerheads and weekly water changes
3. I would get the big 5g buckets so u don't have to go to the store all the time.
4. If u have never cycled a tank google it and make sure u do it properly.
I've been told I could do 1 clown in a 10g, but then again I know nothing about sw fish. If I get live rock and sand that skips getting a filter? And what other nice looking fish would u recommend for a 10G?

I have 2 freshwater tanks so I do know about cycling, I'm sure it might be a lil diff for salt water tho
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A 10 is small for even a single clown and I would not run a tank without a filter unless it was less then 10 gallons and was coral only. For that size tank I doubt you plan on ever doing a sump so I'd say get a powerhead and a HOB filter for circulation and filtration then youll need a test kit a refractometer (hydrometers are inaccurate and a 10g leaves no room for error) a bucket of salt. The more you buy the better price you get and will save you gas on trips for more salt. If you plan on mixing your own then you'll also need a Ro/Di cause tap water should not be used in SW. As for cycling its no different then a FW tank.
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A 10 is small for even a single clown and I would not run a tank without a filter unless it was less then 10 gallons and was coral only. For that size tank I doubt you plan on ever doing a sump so I'd say get a powerhead and a HOB filter for circulation and filtration then youll need a test kit a refractometer (hydrometers are inaccurate and a 10g leaves no room for error) a bucket of salt. The more you buy the better price you get and will save you gas on trips for more salt. If you plan on mixing your own then you'll also need a Ro/Di cause tap water should not be used in SW. As for cycling its no different then a FW tank.
Thank you! Just a few questions.

Ro/Di? I know its reverse osmosis but what's the Di?
And if this was your 10g tank what would you stock it with? I wanted something nice to look at, even if its just 1 fish, no shrimp or things like that
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De-ionization and if it were my 10 I would jam pack it with lps and maybe some kind of small goby
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If you got an occy clown is COULD go in a 10. Im not going to reccomend it, but its far better then the typical yellow tang in the 30 gallon senario we always see.
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De-ionization and if it were my 10 I would jam pack it with lps and maybe some kind of small goby
Lps? Sorry lol like I said I'm oblivious
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If you got an occy clown is COULD go in a 10. Im not going to reccomend it, but its far better then the typical yellow tang in the 30 gallon senario we always see.
Yeah don't occy clowns only get like 2-2.5inches? If I got a clown, id be okay with just him in the tank, as it is my first salt water tank so I don't wanna go crazy with it and bite off more than I can chew
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