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Old 07-10-2003, 01:28 PM   #1
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Three Gallon SW Tank?

My betta boB died, so now I have an empty tank. I'm only freshwater now, but I was wondering if it would be a good idea to reset this 3 gallon Eclipse tank as a saltwater tank? It's a stock Marineland Eclipse 3 tank. If it's possible (and not too painful) can you suggest some fishes and such to put in it?
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Old 07-10-2003, 01:31 PM   #2
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Oh yeah, I've though about a clown, but I think they require quite a bit of space, is that correct?
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Not to discourage you from SW, but a 3g tank is going to be very difficult to maintain. Water parameters will change so quickly in it that you'll have to keep a constant watch on them. It's too small for a clown. I can't think of any fish right now that would do well in that size tank. Perhaps a couple of shrimp...banded coral shrimp maybe? Possibly one of the smaller blennies or gobies.
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A sharknose or neon goby would work for that size tank, but not a clown.

Nano's do require a little more attention paid to them and a lot more research is involved in their set up and maintenance. In understanding that, they are no more a challenge than a larger tank.

I currently operate 2 x ĺ gallon nano's. Both contain corals, but as yet no mobile animals expect a nassarius and cerith in each one.

All parameters are maintained via water changes and I run both with carbon to help reduce organic build up.

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I agree that if you are willing to do the research and apply sensible stocking, etc., small tanks are a great way to join the hobby. My 7g and 10g nano's are easily as stable as my larger tanks.

A citron goby might also just barely squeeze in, although I think the neon to be better suited.
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Old 07-10-2003, 07:34 PM   #6
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I think I'll just stick with freshwater. It's much easier to maintain and I know about it already. Thanks. I was just testing the waters to see if I wanted to jump in yet...I guess not.
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Don't let it discourage you. I started with a 10g and had good luck with it. I just wanted to warn you that things can go wrong faster in a nano. You have to stay on top of things.
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I was planning on getting a new 20 gallon tank in the near future (let's see, that'll make tank number 5) and starting a small reef tank in it. I can wait. I'll just get me some guppies or something to put in this tank.
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