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Old 03-11-2013, 01:51 PM   #1
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Starting a Basic 10 Gallon SW tank.

I have experience with FW fish and currently have a 55 gallon cichlid tank.

I have an empty 10 gallon tank that I used for FW, but I am interested in converting it to SW. I have HOB filter rated for 20 gallons as well as a heater. My lights are just normal fluorescents.

If I wanted to start a very basic 10 gallon SW tank with JUST FISH (maybe a clownfish or 2) what equipment can I used from the 10 gallon FW tank? Also, what else would I need to get started?
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Im sorry i cannot help you. But i am going to have an open 20 gal soon and was thinking of doing this also and would like to follow this thread! Hopefully you get the answers you need!
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For a fowlr( fish only with live rock), you can use your HOB filter, heater and lights. All you would need to buy is a powerhead and then live sand and live rock! If you want coral, you will have to upgrade your lights. Hope this helps
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I have experience with FW fish and currently have a 55 gallon cichlid tank.

I have an empty 10 gallon tank that I used for FW, but I am interested in converting it to SW. I have HOB filter rated for 20 gallons as well as a heater. My lights are just normal fluorescents.

If I wanted to start a very basic 10 gallon SW tank with JUST FISH (maybe a clownfish or 2) what equipment can I used from the 10 gallon FW tank? Also, what else would I need to get started?
10 gallon will be to small for most fish (including clowns). That's all I can help with.
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I have experience with FW fish and currently have a 55 gallon cichlid tank.

I have an empty 10 gallon tank that I used for FW, but I am interested in converting it to SW. I have HOB filter rated for 20 gallons as well as a heater. My lights are just normal fluorescents.

If I wanted to start a very basic 10 gallon SW tank with JUST FISH (maybe a clownfish or 2) what equipment can I used from the 10 gallon FW tank? Also, what else would I need to get started?
This may help.

10 gallon saltwater reef

Lighting, of no corals then lighting doesn't have to be expensive or fancy.

Your need a power heads for water movement.

You can use a HOB type filter like a Aqua Clear 70 or even a 110.

Heater

Refractometer to measure your salinity

Saltwater test kit

Salt

Any other questions just shoot
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So, I need a PH even on a 10 gallon? The HOB wont give enough water movement?
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So, I need a PH even on a 10 gallon? The HOB wont give enough water movement?
Flow is very important in a saltwater tank. More in a reef but important non the less. A cheap little power head will benefit your tank IMO.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001EUJPKG

Yes a HOB will give you flow but you don't want any dead spots it your tank.
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