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Old 07-17-2014, 06:07 AM   #1
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Hi from Newbie :]

Hi all

My name is Erica and I'm a long-time lurker of this lovely site! Have finally gotten around to registering because I have questions burning away and definitely see a reef tank in my future (perhaps the far future, but that just gives me more time to be prepared and do it right!). I've been keeping freshwater fish for just a couple of years but have gotten a little obsessed and it feels like a million years I also spent 6 months running the aquatic department of a retail pet store so have been learning as much as I can, through both reading and practicing.

So far on my checklist:
Goldfish (had 3 in a 20L tank.... we all start somewhere right? )
Guppies, various tropical community fish, ram cichlids, hillstream loaches (my one true love), zebra plecos, and an extremely short term reef tank ('rescued' from a friend, but I had to rehome everything within a month as our landlord put the house up for sale and I wasn't sure if I'd have space for them in the new house). That was 60L with a couple of clarkii clowns, star polyps, a dying linkia starfish and some slug-like things that kept puffing smoke.

Due to being a full-time student and having limited space available, I've learnt to love nano tanks! But fortunately they usually bring me more success than their larger counterparts. 'Nano' within reason obviously, and I would never buy fish that will outgrow my tank :] At the moment I'm just running a Juwel 180L tropical tank and am in the process of setting up a 2' 10 gallon river tank intended for the hillstream species, Gastromyzon ocellatus. It's just a bare tank with an 6W LED so far, but the blue setting on the led has got me thinking of reefs, and so here I am.

My first question to throw at you lovely people is this:
Would a 6W LED be sufficient to grow corals in a 10 gallon tank? (It's 28cm high)
I don't know the difference between sps, stony, mushroom corals etc. The only ones I've seen that I would like to have are purple xenia and star polyps. Other than that, I know nothing and would love to be educated in the ways of a nano reef-keeper

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Old 07-19-2014, 03:32 PM   #2
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Welcome to AA. You're more likely to get answers if you post in the saltwater forum.
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