smallest size for SW mini reef tank? Question

Discussion in 'Saltwater Beginners' started by Betafish305ca, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. Betafish305caValued MemberMember

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    How small can a SW tank be if you want to use it for a mini reef.... kind of like those nanocube reef tanks, but maybe smaller (and possibly cheaper) if possible???

    Also, on a 2nd site note.... if the tube is tall enough, is it possible to have a chiller at the bottom of the tank, and a heater at the top part of the tank? Or would the different from the top to the bottom (or reverse) kill a fish if it made the transition?
     
  2. Tony G.

    Tony G.Fishlore VIPMember

    the smallest ive ever seen that could be "done" are PICO's. 1g up to 5 i think
     
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    Betafish305caValued MemberMember

    does overstocking apply to reef tanks?
     




  4. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    Absolutely. Even more so than for FW tanks.
     
  5. Mystic54

    Mystic54Valued MemberMember

    Eventually I would like to start a 5.5 gallon reef tank. I think that would be a perfect size for a "small" reef.
     




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    Betafish305caValued MemberMember

    5.5 gallons sounds good.... does that sound like a good size??
     
  7. harpua2002

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    Sure, but don't expect it to be cheap. I started with a 2.5 gallon and probably had $250 into the setup by the time I upgraded it to a 5.5 gallon. You'll need reef lighting if you want to keep corals, and the corals themselves can be pretty expensive. Also, keep in mind that small reef tanks need a lot of attention. I had to top mine off with FW twice a day because of evaporation (evap causes a rise in salinity). And when things go wrong in a smaller tank, they go wrong quickly and you have to be prepared to deal with problems before your tank crashes.
     
  8. smileyfishValued MemberMember

    I have a 5.5 gallon setup and its very nice. I think nano tanks are fun to have if a larger tank is out of the question.
     
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    Betafish305caValued MemberMember

    ya, i know that the smaller the setup, the harder it is.... but i'm an apartment kid of the next few years, so i can't really go big... would this setup work (roughly??)
     

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  10. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    Depends entirely on what lighting you have and what you want to keep.
     
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    Betafish305caValued MemberMember

    any suggestions as to what you strive best in that sort of set up???:;fr
     
  12. harpua2002

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    I'd go with a group of sexy shrimp and some easy corals like zoanthids and mushrooms. No need to have gravel in your tank, just use some aragonite sand and it will work great. You can use a powerfilter, or powerheads, or a combination of both for circulation. For lighting, I'd go with something like this:
     
    The 12 inch strip should work with the mounting legs if you are using a standard sized 5.5 gallon.
     
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    Betafish305caValued MemberMember

    thanks for the advice.... could i mount lights to the outside of the tank, on the metal supports i have around it? cause its a deep and narrow tank with an iron support i already have... think that might work??
     
  14. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    I don't understand from your pic what the dimensions of your tank are. Could you measure and post the dimensions? That would really help to think about what lighting would work for you.
     
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    Betafish305caValued MemberMember

    Okay, oops.... sorry, its;
    L 7.5 inches, W 7.5 inches, H 18 inches


    Are zoanthids and mushroom coral? i'm not sure
     
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  16. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    That's a really odd size... sounds like aquascaping and cleaning would be very difficult. With all the sales going on right now, I would suggest picking up a standard 5.5 gallon or 10 gallon tank.
     
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    Betafish305caValued MemberMember

    oh, u think so? I was trying to do this size because its something that i have around the house....
     
  18. MizRamzi

    MizRamziWell Known MemberMember

    +1 with Harpua~5.5g tank much better~you'll be glad you did! Just to give you an idea~here's what I've done with my 8g biocube.
     

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  20. harpua2002

    harpua2002Fishlore VIPMember

    Type of what? The standard 5.5s and 10s are all the same dimensions. Just pick up a cheap one.
     




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