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Old 05-02-2005, 10:48 AM   #1
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How's this setup sound + a few questions

Hi all,
I recently purchased a 10 gallon nano cube. The tank has been set up for ~ 2 years. The guy took the lr and put in a bucket with sw, took the critters and put in a bucket with water, and left the sand with a little water in the tank. Move home went smooth (only ~ hour home). At any rate, this being my first sw tank, i'll give a list of all the tank inhibatants, equip, etc, let me know the good/bad of what I have or what should be done to change it. Then I have a few questions.
First off tank specs:
10 gallon aga
current usa 40 watt 50/50 lighting fixture (set on a timer to light from 9 am till 9 pm) (moonlight on a timer from 8:30 pm till 1 am)
aquatec small hob filter running a phosphate pad and a small pouch of Bio-Chemzorb.
Lee's small protein skimmer (the smallest available)
17 pounds lr
17 pounds of ls with cc on the bottom. (aparently he had it set up for cc, then a year ago he took most of the cc out and put ls in it)
50 watt heater
60 gph pump

Tank inhibatants
blue damsel
pinkish colored psudochromis
3 tubro snails
1 unknown hermit crab
small clam
Coral banded shrimp
90+ yellow polyps
120+ star polyps
Green ricordea mushroom thats splitting right now.

Does the above setup sound good? I talked to a very knowledagable lfs guy that deals only with fw and sw fish. He seemed to think the filtration/skimming was overkill and the lees protein skimmer was junk. Even tho I'm not the smartest person in SW yet, I have to disagree with him there, because he was trying to tell me that 10 gallon tank is real hard to care for. Trust me, i've done 4 + months of reading forums every day.. It can be done. I think he was trying to sell me a bigger tank, which wasn't going to happen.

At any rate, does the above list sound ok? Is there anything bad with that setup? Or something I should get rid of or something I should get to keep it better?

My questions:
I have some dosing stuff like calcium, iodine, essentail elements, strontium/molybdenum. I just dose very little once a week with a pwc.

1. I was thinking about buying the kent aquadose automatic drip system. If i mix some kalkwasser solution in it and have it auto drip, will that affect my tank parameters that much? Or would i be further ahead just topping off with distilled water?

2. The aquarium pharm tap water filter system seen here: http://www.bigalsonline.com/catalog/...;pcid1=;pcid2=
is a very cheap version of a ro unit. It claims to be a d/i system. Would this be good to get if I don't have the money to spend on a ro unit for now? Instead of buying distilled water?

3. I have a calcium/alk test kit (liquid). Once I get the hang of testing/dosing accordingly to keep my calcium levels attained, will I need to invest in some buffering compound to keep my alk where it is now? like DKH by kent or something?

Is there anything i'm missing or anything else that is important that I should know? I know the basic to intermediate things to keeping corals/fish in a sw tank and know how important keeping good water quality along with not overdosing is. If anyone feels like I am lacking information about something, feel free to tell me. Its just a 10 gallon tank, but I figured it would be something to get my hands wet so to speak. If mistakes are made, I will learn from them, however, I'd rather not make any mistakes, thus I come looking for answers. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-02-2005, 11:01 AM   #2
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Well for a 10 gallon a large skimmer wouldnt fit, and otherwise your list looks pretty good (I quickly skimmed over as I need to go....)
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Old 05-02-2005, 02:28 PM   #3
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Perhaps you could answer my questions when you get back from where ever you went? The skimmer is fairly large, but it does fit.
Anyone else have idea/answers for me?
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Old 05-02-2005, 02:40 PM   #4
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Looks OK to me.

I also want to know about that DI unit that you found, I wonder if it works?
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Old 05-02-2005, 03:01 PM   #5
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I'm planning on ordering it tonight. I'll pm you in about a month or so with results.
Also, do you think the Kalk drip topoff would be ok to use? Should I be adding Kent DKH buffer or isn't that neseccary?
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