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

Discussion in 'Saltwater Beginners' started by Nart, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. OP
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    Nart

    NartWell Known MemberMember

    @Culprit LOL. no need to bump anymore. it's been stickied.
     
  2. Culprit

    CulpritFishlore VIPMember

    Well, it'll make it show up on the new posts for a bit lol
     
  3. stella1979

    stella1979ModeratorModerator Member

    And that's a good thing. :)
     
  4. Waterloo

    WaterlooValued MemberMember

    Thanks to @stella1979 I am here reading this and thank you! Was a huge help trying to get a better understanding on where to begin.
     
  5. salt&cich4l

    salt&cich4lNew MemberMember

    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.
     
  6. DaddyDeet

    DaddyDeetValued MemberMember

    I believe distilled is a good substitute for ro/di water. If theres 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.
     
  7. salt&cich4l

    salt&cich4lNew MemberMember

    Yes, someone is bringing a TDS meter to test it tomorrow. Does it need to score a 0.
     
  8. salt&cich4l

    salt&cich4lNew MemberMember

  9. DaddyDeet

    DaddyDeetValued MemberMember

    As far as I'm concerned it needs to be 0...but that's only because I dont know any better.. lol
     
  10. stella1979

    stella1979ModeratorModerator Member

    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.:p Hope to see more of you soon.;)
     
  11. salt&cich4l

    salt&cich4lNew MemberMember

    I am not exactly sure how to do that but I will try.
     
  12. Culprit

    CulpritFishlore VIPMember

    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
     
  13. Waterloo

    WaterlooValued MemberMember

    Yes, I need more SW threads to follow! :D:D
     
  14. ryanr

    ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    @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:)
     
  15. OP
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    Nart

    NartWell Known MemberMember

    @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 20g long build... it's going to be loads of fun.
    I think you should definitely join the 20g long family too :) don't you think so too @stella1979 @Culprit ?
     
  16. Culprit

    CulpritFishlore VIPMember

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

    tfreemaFishlore VIPMember

    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!
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2018
  18. platy21

    platy21Well Known MemberMember

    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.
     
  19. salt&cich4l

    salt&cich4lNew MemberMember

    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.
     
  20. OP
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    Nart

    NartWell Known MemberMember

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