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herp_mommy 08-20-2011 02:23 PM

new to SW, nano first?
 
So I picked up a 10" rimless cube today, and i'd like to do my first nano reef. But I've never done a SW tank before, and I know, I know, bigger is usually better. But I've been successful with freshwater discus, and I've heard the discus can be harder than some SW tanks. If you think this is a horrid idea, please let me know and I'll probably do another nano planted FW tank, if not, and ideas for a stocking list would be great :)

herp_mommy 08-20-2011 05:29 PM

anybody? I was thinking about dwarf seahorses

Pschmitt 08-20-2011 05:43 PM

Those would be cool. I'm waiting till my next tax return and plan on doing a Fluval Edge with dwarf's. Start learning how to hatch BBS's. And from what I've learned so far, no LR in the tank with Dwarf's. When we get the funds I'll start a thread. Good luck with yours. Maybe start now so I can get some tips?

Pschmitt 08-20-2011 05:45 PM

And by the way, I have a 40 gal that I would like to convert to Discus. I know, everyone said a 50 minimum but do you think I could try 4 in that 40?

herp_mommy 08-20-2011 05:57 PM

I go by 20gal per discus.

Gubernaculum86 08-20-2011 06:25 PM

Nanos aren't necessarily harder. in some aspects they are easier than larger tank; easier to clean, PWC are a breeze bc ur only changing a couple of gallons. However, stocking choices are, as u probably know, are more limited. Basically u just have make sure u keep up on ur maintenance.

carey 08-20-2011 06:32 PM

I have everything from a 4g tank up to a 125g and I find I spend more time on the smaller tanks. :-)

They have less water volume so everything has to be perfect. And if something goes wrong then it's a big issue. The startup costs are actually less but again you are limited in the fish department.

if you wanted to dabble in sw in my opinion I would start with a 29g biocube or nano cube. Lights, filter tank all included. You can keep basic corals and a good selection of fish.

herp_mommy 08-20-2011 07:05 PM

I know in extremely limited. I was thinking two pairs of dwarf seahorses, or a clown goby and sexy shrimp.

Greenturtle 08-20-2011 07:15 PM

Seahorses aren't exactly beginner, but the clown goby and shrimp are.

melosu58 08-20-2011 07:26 PM

I would do a larger tank first if it was me. Larger water volumes are more forgiving when mistakes or water parameters changes happen. I say do a bigger tank and then go to the nano. JMO


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