Wife wants salt tank and is pressuring. Problem is, we're moving 2600 miles next spring. SO, I decided to set up a very small FOWLR
tank and see how it goes. I understand the difficulties in setting up a tank that small, but I hate to have to move something big later on. Also, I pretty much obsess over my tanks as it is, so this should be a nice challenge; that IS a big part of what makes this enjoyable for me.
18 Gallon Tall. Its the same footprint as a 10 Gal
, but 18 inches tall. 10x20x18.
I'm thinking about 30 pounds of rock for this tank arranged in a tall stack. I'll probably mix base and LR
. I'm not in the right location to get a good shipping deal from
.com so 15 pounds of keys rock is a little over 105 bucks shipped. I love that rock and want it sooooo bad, but I think I'll wait til we get to Virginia in the new home before I order it. I can get Fiji LR
locally for 4 bux a pound at one place and 8 bux a pound at another. The difference? I dont know. They both look about the same. I DO know that it doesn't look anywhere NEAR as nice as the LR
I think I'll get a 50 pound bag of Hardcastle Calcium Carbonate sand from the saltwater store for 20 bucks. It seems to be the cheapest compared to the commercial prebagged stuff at petsmart, etc. The live sand runs about 5 bucks a scoop (1 pound if that) and I just scoop it myself from one of their many, many tanks.
I already got the salt, and I hope its ok. I got Oceanic Natural Sea Salt Mix( in the blue jug), enough for 50 gallons. It, also, was cheaper than some of the cheaper looking stuff in the petstores. I'll get the DI
water from Walmart in the morning to fill the tank with, then add the salt. In a day or so I'll add a base of sand and let it settle. I want about a 4 inch bed. (I guess
) I may add a few scoops of the live sand from the saltwater emporium. Once it is all settled I'll add my base and live rock and see what happens. I guess I need to add a raw shrimp and let it go.
I know that momma and kids want a clown fish or two....an Anemone would be cool, but I was actually thinking of getting a fake silicone one from the pet store in place of a real one. One lfs
I spoke to said that most of their clowns weren't even interested in the anemone, since they were tank raised. plus, I dont need the hassle of trying to keep one at this point. I'm not sure what else to do as far as fish, thinking maybe some small damsels; I understand Im limted with this small of a tank.
I'm still unsure of lighting. Id love to go with some CF
lighting, but its hard to find anything that fits a 10x20 top. I'm thinking of going with normal Flourescent strip lights....say two of them; one with a 50/50 bulb and another with maybe a 10K bulb? I am planning on adding a diy
moonlight setup as well with some bright blue leds. I have many ultrabright white and blue leds that I can make some phenomenal light in the tank, but I want to make sure the LR
flourishes as well. Im sure it would thrive in my ten gallon tank with 18 5000 mcd ocean blue 460nm LEDS and 20 11,000 mcd white leds. That tank is bright and beautiful. I only use 6 of the blue leds at night and can select fewer of the whites to reduce the brightness. Will this type of lighting benefit my LR
in the saltwater tank or do I really need to invest a hundred bucks just to grow my LR
Forgot to add that I plan on using a small power head or two...say Penguin 145GPH or a cheaper 125GPH unit. I have an extra Aquatech mechanical filter for a 15 gal
tank that I thought about using to increase current in the tank and help clear the water after I add the sand. I havent decided on a protein skimmer yet, but have looked at some smaller Berlin skimmers (cheap, but for smaller tanks???)... I dont know anything about skimmers folks, but it seems a bit strange to buy a large 175 dollar nice skimmer for an 18 gallon tank. I'm banking on the LR
and deep sand bed to perform my filtration here. Maybe someone can recommend some inverts or cleaners that the kids might find fascinating?