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Old 01-29-2014, 07:08 PM   #51
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Why not step up to a 10g now? Petco does the dollar a gallon sale and the tank will cost about what you want to spend on snails. Small tanks are tough due to all the parameters that can change quickly with so little water volume.

Also...why get a CUC for a tank that is brand new and will not have fish? What are they going to "clean up" at this point?
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Old 01-29-2014, 07:29 PM   #52
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I agree with TheTodd. You should upgrade to at least a 10 gallon.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:59 PM   #53
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Im waiting to get a bigger tank until I buy a house hopefully in about 6 months. I plan on turning my 30 gallon freshwater tank into a saltwater tank. I do have the bigger aquarium. I also have 2 filters on it. One made for 55 gallon and another for 20 gallon so I will have alot of water flow! I just want to hold off until I get a house here pretty soon. I just want to experiment with saltwater right now and just see what it is like!
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:11 PM   #54
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If this were my tank, and I have had a few tanks under 5g I would go with this:

2 nacrissus snails (spelling is wrong, i know lol)
1-2 nerites or something similar
PLUS some shrimp....
either a fire shrimp or a cleaner shrimp. OR you can go with 3 sexy shrimp. they are awesome. Tiny, but they dance a sexy dance.
Crabs: I would skip the usual hermits and maybe get a strawberry crab, pom pom crab or maybe an emerald crab.

Now for fish, which is the big topic here. I would, and have, kept clown gobies in a 4g tank for quite some time so I think that would be your best bet. I like the green ones and the yellow ones. They will swim a little bit here and there but usually perch. No way for the gramma, clowns or other gobies. (unless you research and find SMALL gobies)
I have a pink spotted goby that started at maybe an inch long and he is every bit of 5 inches now. Hectors gobies stay small, hi fins stay small....you still have some options.
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:19 PM   #55
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If this were my tank, and I have had a few tanks under 5g I would go with this:

2 nacrissus snails (spelling is wrong, i know lol)
1-2 nerites or something similar
PLUS some shrimp....
either a fire shrimp or a cleaner shrimp. OR you can go with 3 sexy shrimp. they are awesome. Tiny, but they dance a sexy dance.
Crabs: I would skip the usual hermits and maybe get a strawberry crab, pom pom crab or maybe an emerald crab.

Now for fish, which is the big topic here. I would, and have, kept clown gobies in a 4g tank for quite some time so I think that would be your best bet. I like the green ones and the yellow ones. They will swim a little bit here and there but usually perch. No way for the gramma, clowns or other gobies. (unless you research and find SMALL gobies)
I have a pink spotted goby that started at maybe an inch long and he is every bit of 5 inches now. Hectors gobies stay small, hi fins stay small....you still have some options.

How hard have you found it to keep up with the 4g?
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update: I have bought flurval sea hydrometer and I have it inside my tank and the salinity level is above the max number. How much of the saltwater (5 gallons) should I take out than replace with freshwater? I bought the saltwater pre made from the store.
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You have the hydrometer inside the tank? Or do you mean you have tank water inside the hydrometer?
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If it was pre- made, it should not be too high. I can't see why a LFS would do that. What is the actual reading?

Usually you get a swing arm hydrometer and fill it up to get a reading. You said it is in the tank? Is this one of those floaty ones?

With a small tank, it is gonna be important to know your salinity. A little evaporation and salinity will go up.
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You have the hydrometer inside the tank? Or do you mean you have tank water inside the hydrometer?
I have it inside the tank attached to the glass. Tank water is inside of it too. Is that the right way to use it?
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It depends what kind it is. The swing arm ones do not go in the tank you fill them up and sit them on a flat surface.
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