Nart's Budget Nano Saltwater Guide For Beginners - Page 2

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Nart

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ryanr Thank you for going through my guide! I need to go through it again to see if I need to update anything, but truly, I am humbled. Thank you again.
It's funny you say that... because I was actually wondering just the other week if you still had your reef tank up!
You need to hop on Instagram with the rest of us, it's a quick platform to do quick updates for me. I'm actually in the process of working on a 20 gallon long build... it's going to be loads of fun.
I think you should definitely join the 20 gallon long family too don't you think so too stella1979 Culprit ?
 

Culprit

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20 long fan club right here! I love mine. Good footprint for fish stocking, and easy to light!
 

tfreema

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That’s what I will use when I get ready to take the plunge. I have a double stack that I plan to free up sometime in the future. I will make the bottom one a sump and just put a cover over it to get it out of view.
I gotta get the freshwater tanks under control and minimized first. Maybe next year I can go salty. I am really looking forward to the vibrant color fish and corals.
This will be my go to thread when I get started for sure. And my salty FL friends of course!
 

platy21

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Pretty sure I’ve read this write up about six times and learn something new each time, thanks Nart! So excited to pick up my tank this weekend.
 

salt&cich4l

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salt&cich4l said:
I will have soft hardy corals, CUC, and a damsel or clownfish
update-the TDs is missing in action, but the distilled water seems to be working great, my polyp corals and fish look good....I have not seen any growth of nuisance algae yet. The parameters are solid.
 
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Nart

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platy21 ah!! I’m glad it helped you and so excited for you!
 

platy21

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Thanks Nart ! Can't wait to get the tank setup. I'll be on the forum with a ton of questions once I actually get my hands wet lol.
 

Lunnietic

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Thank goodness you decided to write this down. (Type it out?) I have been debating over a year now about setting up a salt water tank--but every time I did research my head would spin.

I didn't want to go to my reef store knowing nothing (I haven't ever been there, and wanted to know what was up before going. Because if its anything like the fresh water one-- they make problems worse not better. Because they are out for a quick buck.)

I will be getting a house soon and be using your guide to help set myself up! I was planning on a 20 long, but have always been told the bigger the better for salt water? But all I want is a pair of clownfish and their anemone. (I am thinking of a entacmaea quadricolor for the record).

I will be doing my own thread for it once we settle on a place. I am excited.
 
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Nart

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Lunnietic I'm glad you found my guide useful! It's a long read, but covers most of what you need to know.
A 20 Long is perfect................ like literally. Are you on Instagram? You should find me on there "@MightyNanoTank" I have my new 20 gallon Long build on there and it's the perfect tank.
Entacmaea quad is basically a bubble tip anemone, they come in various colors and are perfect for a tank that size.
Can I make a recommendation? If you're planning on a ocellaris or percula clown and wanting the anemone to host the clowns, my recommendation is buy the pair of clowns that's already hosting the anemone. It's a hit or miss trying to see that symbiotic relationship with those particular type of clowns. A more likely hosting, would be a maroon, clarkii, or skunk clown. Those type of clowns will take to bubble tip anemones more than ocellaris or percula clowns.
Good luck!
 

Lunnietic

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Nart said:
Lunnietic I'm glad you found my guide useful! It's a long read, but covers most of what you need to know.
A 20 Long is perfect................ like literally. Are you on Instagram? You should find me on there "@MightyNanoTank" I have my new 20 gallon Long build on there and it's the perfect tank.
Entacmaea quad is basically a bubble tip anemone, they come in various colors and are perfect for a tank that size.
Can I make a recommendation? If you're planning on a ocellaris or percula clown and wanting the anemone to host the clowns, my recommendation is buy the pair of clowns that's already hosting the anemone. It's a hit or miss trying to see that symbiotic relationship with those particular type of clowns. A more likely hosting, would be a maroon, clarkii, or skunk clown. Those type of clowns will take to bubble tip anemones more than ocellaris or percula clowns.
Good luck!
Wait. Does this mean I do not have to have an anemone to keep clownfish? I was under the impression that it was a must. I do not nesscessarily want baby clownfish, just want them to live the best life possible.
 
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Nart

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Lunnietic Exactly. No clowns need anemones. Most clowns nowadays that are sold in stores are captive bred in bare-bottom tanks with no anemones in it. So most haven't even seen anemones. However, just because they haven't seen anemones doesn't mean they will not take to an anemone. Some clown species have it in their instinct, to naturally know how to go into an anemone. I will say though, seeing that clown and anemone symbiotic relationship is beyond neat, especially if you're ready to take on an anemone.
Clowns really don't ask for much though, and with time they bond and get used to you. So much so that when I have my hands working in the tank it doesn't even phase them and will readily eat from your fingers.
 

Marco Rodriguez

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For the RO/DI system. Do you just put your tap into it? And the system clears out TDS for you? I’m confused as to how they work
 
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Nart

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Marco Rodriguez said:
For the RO/DI system. Do you just put your tap into it? And the system clears out TDS for you? I’m confused as to how they work
Exactly. Your waterline feeds into this RODI unit. The end result, after going through all the filters should give you pure H2O free of any total dissolved solids.
 

aquanerd13

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I am not so sure about the whole reef think. I am definitely on a budget. About how much would everything cost?
 

DaddyDeet

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aquanerd13 said:
I am not so sure about the whole reef think. I am definitely on a budget. About how much would everything cost?
Depending on size, it can certainly be affordable. Will it be free? Nope. But depending what kind of tank you want (FOWLR or Reef) cost can vary greatly.
Patience and labor are also worth quite a bit in this hobby. A lot of expensive equipment really only exists to lower maintenance efforts.
 

aquanerd13

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What is the best beginner size for a reef talk? On average, how much would that size cost for a reef tank?
 

Culprit

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aquanerd13 said:
What is the best beginner size for a reef talk? On average, how much would that size cost for a reef tank?
If your interested I would start a thread, you'll get more responses and even if you decide not to we can get a lot more in depth about what would need to happen. Its not easy to pin down an exact price, as a lot of times you can get less equipment by doing more maintnence.
 

aquanerd13

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Ok thank you. I will start a thread.
 

tfreema

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I will be reading back through this thread again soon with hopes to have my plans lined out by Christmas time. My hopes are to start buying the big stuff as Christmas presents from my husband to me, lol. Lots of research left to do, but I will start a thread soon to begin that journey.

This thread will be the best starting point!!
 

MargaretBetta

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Such a great article! Starting a Saltwater aquarium is just on the fringes of my brain right now. I've been devouring you tube videos, most of which were unhelpful. I should have known to come here first. Thanks! I believe in myself a little more now.
 

KribensisLover1

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Nart said:
Lunnietic I'm glad you found my guide useful! It's a long read, but covers most of what you need to know.
A 20 Long is perfect................ like literally. Are you on Instagram? You should find me on there "@MightyNanoTank" I have my new 20 gallon Long build on there and it's the perfect tank.
Entacmaea quad is basically a bubble tip anemone, they come in various colors and are perfect for a tank that size.
Can I make a recommendation? If you're planning on a ocellaris or percula clown and wanting the anemone to host the clowns, my recommendation is buy the pair of clowns that's already hosting the anemone. It's a hit or miss trying to see that symbiotic relationship with those particular type of clowns. A more likely hosting, would be a maroon, clarkii, or skunk clown. Those type of clowns will take to bubble tip anemones more than ocellaris or percula clowns.
Good luck!
Hello! What an awesome write up! If you went middle of the road on all you mentioned (so like the middle cost sand the lower costs lighting middle costs rocks) could you give a ballpark estimate of what this might cost? Just so I have some sort of idea?ty!
 

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