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Old 09-08-2005, 07:28 PM   #1
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Nano reef newbie...

What's the best "starting package" for a newbie? Specifically, a setup that's ready to start cycling but that is flexible enough to encompass LR, fish and/or inverts? Nanocube? TruVu nano?

What about lighting? I've started FW tanks only to run into difficulties with the lighting - what's the most upgradable?

What are the most forgiving and/or interesting inhabitants for a new reefer?

I'm leaning towards an all-in-one but there seems to be some frustration with the JBJ systems, are there any alternatives?

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I used an Eclipse 6 for my first nano. If you are going for corals(I assume since you said reef) I don't recommend it due to lighting issues. Check out the AGA minibow 7. Minibow.com features minibow reefs and also has a forum section with all types of mod information.

As far as inhabitants, check out liveaquaria.com's nano section for recommended nano fish. I found that false percs are pretty good fish with personality.
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You can also check out the jbj nanocubes. They make a 12gal with 48watts of CF lighitng that is a great tank. Keep in mind that smaller tanks can be a bit fussy and controling water parameters is a challenge. Withh proper research and a very regular maintanance schedule it can be done.
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I keep a 12gal JBJ Nanocube deluxe, and LOVE it. It is an all in one package and comes comlete with everything needed to set up a reef tank. I changed out the stock pump in ine and replaced it with a MiniJet 606, which has better flow and runs cooler than the stock.

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