Medication/Water Treatment Questions

NaturalGothic
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Hi guys!
Last night, I set up my first personal saltwater tank; it’s a ten gallon with a thirty gallon HOB filter. If you guys don’t mind, I have a few random questions I’d like answered.
Is prazi pro invert/anemone safe? When stocking a tank, how do inverts differ from fish? In a 20 gallon tank, you can only do X amount of fish/inches of fish, but, I’ve noticed that’s not the case with snails/shrimp. What’s the best nitrate/ammonia remover? My parameters are perfect (I instant cycled with live rock from a huge, well-established system and Bio-Spira. I also got R.O. Saltwater that has a Ph of 8.3 and a salt level of 1.023), but, I want to add a remover in my filter as a preemptive strike. I’m considering seachem’s De*nitrate, but, I’m open to suggestions. It’s also worth noting that I’ll be using chaeto as a light substrate/ground cover.
Currently, I have one Mexican Turbo Snail and one Halloween Hermit Crab in my tank. They’re doing great and are getting to know their new home. Today, I plan to add a Scarlet Skunk Shrimp, along with a Percula Clown. I also plan to add a small bubble tip anemone; I’m just not sure if I’ll be adding it today or waiting. My focus is mainly inverts, however, I will be adding (roughly) two fish. The true clown and a pink-streaked wrasse. How often should I do water changes? Can I do once a month? Or would it be better to do it every two-ish weeks?
Thanks!
Alison
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kanzekatores
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Inverts don’t take up much space. None have much bioload except big snails like your turbo. Really all you need to worry about invert-wise is do they have enough algae? Can two of these coexist? Will too many big snails cause too much bioload? Otherwise they are easy and very rewarding by the way!
some advice: definitely wait on the anemone! You want to have a very mature tank for these.
And do water changes as often as you can. Every week or couple weeks. Month is too long.
Good luck on your tank!
 
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NaturalGothic
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kanzekatores said:
Inverts don’t take up much space. None have much bioload except big snails like your turbo. Really all you need to worry about invert-wise is do they have enough algae? Can two of these coexist? Will too many big snails cause too much bioload? Otherwise they are easy and very rewarding by the way!
some advice: definitely wait on the anemone! You want to have a very mature tank for these.
And do water changes as often as you can. Every week or couple weeks. Month is too long.
Good luck on your tank!
I plan on only having 1 big snail at a time. A) I simply don’t need more than 1 big dude, and B) None of the other large snails strike a cord with me at this point (I hope that makes sense lol). Sludge, my Mexican Turbo, has more algae than he knows that to do with at the moment. I work at an aquarium store so anything I need for my inverts/fish, I grab at the end of my shift. I bought a bag of Chaeto and use it sort of like a carpet. I don’t have sand or gravel, I prefer my tanks bare bottom, but, I realIze some of these guys need to hide in substrate. The chaeto was my compromise. Sludge legit eats the shorter pieces like we eat spaghetti; it’s so funny to watch lol I also give them marine flake food, frozen mysis shrimp, and Ocean Nutrition’a green seaweed. Plus, there’s all sorts of live critters in the Cheato algae.

In my tank, I have Sludge, a Halloween Hermit Crab named Jinxx, and a cleaner shrimp. (I think it’s a female) I only got my cleaner shrimp like two to three days ago, but, she seems to be a lot more shy than the average cleaner. At the store, She was the only cleaner shrimp in this bottom row tank with no light above it. I suspect she’s more skittish due to that. I’ve read that they do better in pairs so I plan to add a second cleaner shrimp tomorrow. I’m hoping another skunk will bring out her personality. Since bribing her home, she’s stayed on this one rock and refuses to leave it. She’ll go behind it if she’s scared but won’t explore the rest of the tank. She won’t even swim around to catch flake food; she’d rather stand there and a flake comes her way then leave that one spot.
Besides the second cleaner shrimp, I’ll also be adding 1 electric blue hermit, 1 dwarf zebra hermit, 2 Nassarius snails, and 1 percula Clownfish. I want to add in peppermint shrimp too but I’m worried the skunks might go after it. In about two weeks or so, I might attempt adding in a small anemone but that’s a big might.
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Rcslade124
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1 snail and hermit per gallon is a good number but they need algea. Nitrate will be removed by rocks bacteria over time. Ammonia will be removed same way
 
Rcslade124
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Cheato for a carpet is a neat trick I like it. Tanks beautiful.
 
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NaturalGothic
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Rcslade124 said:
Cheato for a carpet is a neat trick I like it. Tanks beautiful.
Thank you; I like a very simple but functional look. I can’t wait to add anemones; I have one all picked out and everything lol It’s a cream rose bubble tip.
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kanzekatores
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My peppermint shrimp surely stands it’s ground in my tank even stealing the food from smaller fish. My guess is that one would be fine against the skunks
 
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NaturalGothic
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kanzekatores said:
My peppermint shrimp surely stands it’s ground in my tank even stealing the food from smaller fish. My guess is that one would be fine against the skunks
Since today is my 24th Birthday, I decided to say blank it! My nano tank is a gift to myself after having a pretty rough year. I spent way more on clowns then I intended to but I’m really happy with my choices so far. I did hold off on the peppermint shrimp for now, but, I’ll probably get one or two in the future.

I bought all the other inverts I listed and a pair of clowns. One small sized Percula and one medium size phantom Clownfish. They’re not a pair yet, but, with a little luck, they will be!
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NaturalGothic
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I didn’t take home the female today but I will tomorrow. Because there’s a chance they won’t pair, I wanted to give my boy the advantage of first dibs on territory.
 
Rcslade124
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Yeah you can let the boy take first dibs. But if the 2nd is a female the male will have no say so. The female will be in charge lol
 
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NaturalGothic
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Rcslade124 said:
Yeah you can let the boy take first dibs. But if the 2nd is a female the male will have no say so. The female will be in charge lol
Yeah I know; I figured I’d let him enjoy his last day of freedom lol This is the female I have picked out.
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Rcslade124
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Hopefully she accepts him. I got 2 maroons from different tanks. She took to him quickly. I had 2 black clowns from the same tank. She rejected him 2 weeks in he didn't make it
 

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