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Old 05-19-2008, 08:01 PM   #11
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Excellant advice from Innovator, Fiji and Ryshark. A 10 gallon is considered a nano tank and does require more care (time) than a larger tank. Posting questions in the Nano section is a great idea.

In additition to what the others have said I would always keep a 5 gallon bucket of SW mixed up and ready for a partial water change. Things can go wrong quickly in a 10 gallon tank.

You seem like you want to do this the right way and go slowly. That's good because "Noting good ever happens fast in a salt water tank". That goes quadrouple in a nano tank.

The hagen filter should meet your needs. You should remove and rinse the filter pad weekly to remove accumulated detritus. Two heaters are recommend for faillsafe measures.

Just keep coming back and asking more questions as they arise.

Good luck!

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Old 05-20-2008, 01:18 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Innovator View Post
in . To say that someone is setting themselves up to fail is quite unfair considering at least they are asking for proper help and not letting their ignorance guide them. Sure,
I totally agree perhaps I was harsh. I just don't see the benefit of starting a 10g when you can start with say a 29g allowing so much more room for error. Its money well spent were are talking like 50bucks maybe unless its a challenge that you are after then thats a different story If if were me I would not start with a 10g saltwater simply because of the fact the evaporation causes SG to increase dramatically and daily top-offs are not easy to keep up with especially if you have a busy life like so many of us do. I barely have enough time to keep up with the top offs on my 46g tank it evaporates an entire gallon of water per day. But when there is a will there is a way and I should be more supportive of the idea that the glass is really half full.


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The Number One piece of equipment you need to buy is a good protein skimmer. A skimmer will remove organic debris before they decay and impinge on your water quality, which in a 10-gallon tank with such a small volume of water, could spell doom in a big hurry. A good skimmer also raises the dissolved Oxygen levels in your tank, to the benefit of the life within.
You could use live rock and live sand for your filtration; a 10 is small enough to use just that. The HOB filters mentioned could be used for floating debris removal and current. Stay away from the bio wheels. The bacteria in the Oxygen-rich air/water interface on the spinning wheel are so efficient at turning Ammonia in to Nitrite then to their 'waste' product Nitrate that people who use them almost always have higher levels of Nitrate in the water than those without biowheels.
Also, you need to have the waterfall of the HOB filter low enough where it doesn't splash, or you'll end up with crusty salt spray all over the back of your tank.
I've known many people who have little reefs your size, so there's no reason you can't do it, if you are properly equipped and educated on the subject.


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