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Old 09-19-2013, 12:25 PM   #31
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Sure I understand that, I meant the HOB in place of the canister if that is a better option.

Still up in the air, so if I do a SW 10 gal

What sand and rock qty will I need? Since I need a filter I can up the size.

What will the maintenance be on it? Will the 50 for SW be better?
the 10 is going to be a fun little tank, about 10-15lbs of rock and a 20lb bag of special grade reef sand, add the sand in till you have about 1.5"-2" sand bed, and get your hob filter and your ready to rock, (after about 2wks of cycling)

It will get you used to topoffs, water changes, parameter managment etc once you master a smaller tank a larger one is cake i.e. your 50g tank. i would hold off on the 50g and get into the swing of things with the 10g and then take on the 50g thats just my $0.02

heres a listing of fish to get your son into a sw tank faster, just pay attention to max size which should be 4" and under, and temperment, they have a very well laid out compatability chart, check that out.

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/a....cfm?c=15+2124

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/a....cfm?c=15+1926
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:22 PM   #32
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the 10 is going to be a fun little tank, about 10-15lbs of rock and a 20lb bag of special grade reef sand, add the sand in till you have about 1.5"-2" sand bed, and get your hob filter and your ready to rock, (after about 2wks of cycling)

It will get you used to topoffs, water changes, parameter managment etc once you master a smaller tank a larger one is cake i.e. your 50g tank. i would hold off on the 50g and get into the swing of things with the 10g and then take on the 50g thats just my $0.02

heres a listing of fish to get your son into a sw tank faster, just pay attention to max size which should be 4" and under, and temperment, they have a very well laid out compatability chart, check that out.

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/a....cfm?c=15+2124

http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/a....cfm?c=15+1926
ecial grade reef sand? My guess is Aquarium Adventures will have it?

Do I still use a heater? Also suggestions on a HOB for the 10 gal (is brand&size)

Live rock or dry rock or?
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I would go with the 50, I had a ten gallon reef for the past 8 months that was great but I ran out of room stocking it and could only keep 2 clowns. Also Evaporation in the tank was a pain until I put a top on it. If you want more than 2 small fish I would do the bigger tank and save yourself the upgrade down the line.
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I would go with the 50, I had a ten gallon reef for the past 8 months that was great but I ran out of room stocking it and could only keep 2 clowns. Also Evaporation in the tank was a pain until I put a top on it. If you want more than 2 small fish I would do the bigger tank and save yourself the upgrade down the line.
If I do 10 the upgrade would be in addition to, not in place of honestly

Either way he needs his tank 'fixed'
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ecial grade reef sand? My guess is Aquarium Adventures will have it?

Do I still use a heater? Also suggestions on a HOB for the 10 gal (is brand&size)

Live rock or dry rock or?
i reccommend it, its not to fine, but still looks good and doesnt get stirred up quite as easy, and a small heater like a 50w or 100w aqueon would do great in a 10g, and a topfin 30 would be perfect IMO or a topfin 20 but in the 30 you have room to use extra polyfil in it, or purigen, etc.

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Cool what kind of rock
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Cool what kind of rock
Pukani dry rock and a small 1 or 2 pound piece of live rock to seed the dry rock.
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Pukani is the most porus which means better bio filter but IMO it is the hardest to aqua scape with.
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Thanks I think he is on board for salt in his 10 gal.

I will start a new thread when we get a filter and are ready to buy stuff
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Thanks I think he is on board for salt in his 10 gal.

I will start a new thread when we get a filter and are ready to buy stuff
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