10 gallon Nano-Reef

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  1. Rbacchiega

    RbacchiegaValued MemberMember

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    So, just when I thought I had enough tanks... I moved my arowana, ornate bichir and baby royal pleco into their 90 gallon from the 25, I then moved the guppies into the planted 25... so just have a little 10 gallon. Which is the perfect size for a nano tank! I already have the reef salt, heater and two 15 watt power compact life-glo lights (which are eqivalent to 75 watt bulbs) so I'll be able to grow some corals. Today or tomorrow I'll be picking up a koralia 1 (which will give me 40x the tanks volume in rotation) as well as a filter which I'll convert into a fuge system, and another filter to help all the live rock with the filtration.

    Tanks Specs:
    - 10 gallon all glass tank
    - 50 watt submersible heater
    - koralia 1 powerhead (400 gph)
    - 15 lbs live rock

    Eventual Livestock:
    - 1 Firefish
    - 1 Court Jester Goby
    - 2 hermit crabs
    - 5 snails
    - 1 coral banded shrimp

    corals!!!!
     
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    Setup was yesterday (see post in nano-reef subforum). Today or tomorrow adding 15 lbs of live rock, two filters (one to be switched into fuge) and powerhead.

    Pics to follow as well as daily readings!
     
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    Congrats on the new tank. Can't wait to see some pictures ! :)
     
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    my 90 gallon isn't even finished cycling and i've got another saltwater tank up and running. I think it's safe to say now that not only do I have fw mts, but sw mts as well.
     
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    After talking with some people, this is the current setup

    - 10 gallon tank (bare bottom)
    - 2 Corallife 50/50 20watt compact flourescent bulbs
    - 50 watt heater
    - 15 lbs live rock
    - 2 Koralia nano powerheads (240 gph each, 480 total)

    with that lighting I'm pretty much limited to softies, which I'm totaly fine with considering I'm going to be going with LPS in the 90. Also, I'm not going to use a filter unless it's deemed necessary in the long run. A buddy I absolutely trust has a 10 gallon nano with only the powerheads and live rock, no other filtration and it's doing fine...just regular waterchanges (what's another few gallons a week to change out??)

    Stocking list, well for now anyways:
    1 Firefish
    1 Court Jester Goby
    2 hermit crabs
    5 snails
    1 cleaner shrimp
     
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    Anything else I can do to feed your addiction, just let me know. ;D
     
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    Hi RB - I think you'll be ok running w/out a filter as long as you stay on top of the water changes. I don't know if I'm brave enough to run without a skimmer though. But frequent partial water changes should keep your params in line.
     
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    My thoughts too, so I'm looking for a skimmer small enough to sit on my desk in my bedroom (that's where the tank is) If I can't find one, I"m sure that there's a diy thread somewhere on the internet
     
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    maybe you can help...do you know of any protien skimmers on the market designed specifically for a nano? Or if you could point me to a diy thread about building your own....
     
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    There is one on DFS:
     
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    Thanks for the link Cody, the only problem is, they don't ship to Canada (shakes fist at drsfostersmith) But now I've got the name, I'll see if I can find a Canadian Dealer
     
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    Your going to want to check the kelvin on the life-glow bulbs, if there for freshwater then you will want to get saltwater one's if you are planning on corals. :;banamanCongrats on the nano though, sounds fun, pictures:;banaman
     
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    Yea,

    That isn't the best nano skimmer but it is the cheapest. Some say it is great but others say it is horrible. Some good but expensive skimmers are the AquaC Remora and Tunze 9005 skimmer.

    I am also trying to start a 10G nano reef. Hope yours works out!

    Thats the smae light I am getting! Just not from them. I am getting all my stuff from Premium Aquatics. They have good reviews and shipping is super cheap and so are there items.

    Oh yeah here is a link to a good DIY skimmer. The forum that it is on is also very good. It is dedicated to Nano Reefs. You might want to check it out.

    http://www.nano-reef.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=58540&st=0

    Cory
     
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    RbacchiegaValued MemberMember

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    LOL thanks for the link Cody, but I'm already on that site (same tag as here). I found a cool one at aquatraders that is a skimmer and fuge all in one...eeeeeeeeeeexcellent
     
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    believe it or not, the tank is cycled....believe me, just as shocked as you.

    So, rather than add fish etc right away, I've got me my first corals...ever!

    Wicked amazing green star polyps. Once they are out and happy I'll get a pic
     
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    Haha coRy lol.

    I will look for you on there next time I am on(I have same tag as well).

    That sounds cool! I'll have to check it out.
     
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    woops!
    Coryd....apparently I'm easily confused
     
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    Haha its alright.

    Where are you gonna get your stock from?

    Im gonna get mine from Premium Aquatics.
     
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    Awesome! I can't wait to see how yours is set up and your GSP's

    My tank is only going to have 2 100GPH and yours has 2 240s....dang lol.

    Hope it keeps on going good for you.
     
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