Originally Posted by CCXGT
Ive got a spare 10G lying around and some spare cash to waste so I've decided to set it up as a Nano Reef.
I used a template for equipment needed and filled it out:
Starting Nano Reef
Test Kit - API Liquid Master Test Kit for Saltwater
Tank - 10G (already got)
Lighting - Powercompact retrofit kits and canopies are highly recommended.
Heater - 200w (already got)
Powerhead - Hydor Koralia Nano 900 Circulation and Wave Pump
4kg Rock - Pukani Dry Rock
5kg Live Sand - Caribsea Aragonite
Salt Mix - Kent Reef Salt Mix
Refractometer - RHS-10ATC 0-10% Salinity Refractometer Salt Water Aquarium
Fill the tank with water and add salt until the specific gravity is 1.023.
Place the powerhead in immediately so it will help mix the salt. Now is also the time to place in your heater and get the water temperature to 78 degrees.
Once your s.g. has reached it's proper level, you can add the live rock and live sand.
Once the rock is where you like it, you can pour the live sand around the rocks, keeping it at a fairly even thickness throughout the tank.
Anything I may have missed?
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If you want to do a reef, there are a few things I'd change
1. Skip the api kit, and invest in quality kits for nitrate, phosphate, calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium from the start, the api equivalents of these are pretty much worthless IMHO
2. I'd upgrade the lighting, pcs are kind of obsolete, and make coral look terrible compared to quality t5 or led
3. The korillia 900 might be a little much, a 240 and 425 would probably be better (or you can try one of the controllable pumps from jaebo)
4. I run my sg
at 1.025 (most do), but .023 is in the acceptable range.
5. I've seen in another thread that you seem to be against hob
filters, but they are handy for running some media and a little extra surface agitation.