Nart's Budget Nano Saltwater Guide For Beginners - Page 3

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thank you! What are your thoughts on distilled water? I am setting up a nano in a college faculty lounge. Luckily, there is a distilled water system in the lab. I have a limitless supply of distilled water a few feet away from the tank.
 

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salt&cich4l said:
thank you! What are your thoughts on distilled water? I am setting up a nano in a college faculty lounge. Luckily, there is a distilled water system in the lab. I have a limitless supply of distilled water a few feet away from the tank.
I believe distilled is a good substitute for ro/dI water. If there's a lab nearby with equipment, can you score a TDS meter to test it?
If not, I do believe (I'm far from an expert) that distilled water is ok.
 

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If the water scores a zero on the TDS meter, and distilled should, then you're good to go.

salt&cich4l - please do make a build thread for your tank and any questions you have for it. Feel free to tag the salty members you see here in your thread by typing the @ symbol in front of any username. We'd love to follow along. Also, this thread is more of an instructable, and your own thread would be much better suited to keeping track of all the info shared on your setup. Trust me, our salty team is small here, but we all get excited about a new build, and love to help. Hope to see more of you soon.
 

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It doesn't have to be exactly 0, I'd say as long as its under 20 you'll be good for softies and easy fish.

Just, say, if I want to tag you, type the @ symbol, then type their screen name. E.g. stella1979 salt&cich4l
 

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Nart - just wanted to say great write-up mate.
I've been away for awhile, this is a great guide for the nano keeper. I'm not a fan nano myself, actually, let me correct that, pico setups (too much work).
I shut my reef down a few years ago, but maybe I'll start a 20 mixed reef soon (though I still have my tank and equipment from the ~70.... :emoji_thinking
 
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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 ?
 

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

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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!
 

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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.
 

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

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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.
 

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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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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!
 

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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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