View Full Version : 10g zoa garden

06-04-2009, 07:58 PM
I decided to try something new with my office tank. I wanted something that would be SUPER low maintenance, so I settled on a zoa garden setup. A guy I know broke down his 180g tank, so he gave me a great deal on some rock, and he gave me some free sand. I had the rest of the equipment lying around, so the tank has cost me next to nothing so far. I will stock the tank with frags from my 31g reef and with trades from my local reef club. To keep the tank low maintenance, I am considering not adding any fish at all...just inverts and zoas. Anyway, here is the basic setup:

10g AGA
AC30-sponge, carbon, pura pad
mini-jet 606
2x18watt T5HO lighting
soap dish for chaeto

12 lbs. of LR
about 15lbs. or LS
4 hermits, 1 turbo


06-04-2009, 08:12 PM
very nice, I was thinking about doing something like this, but just one mantis :)
Good luck!

06-04-2009, 08:19 PM
Thanks RS!

You know, I actually thought about a mantis too...but I figured that feeding him would increase the bio-load more than I wanted.

I will probably end up adding one nano fish eventually.

06-04-2009, 08:31 PM
Hey that is really nice!!!!! I like it!!!!!!!!!

Z Fish Man
06-04-2009, 08:41 PM
Sounds like a great idea. I hope someday I have an office big enough for a 10g.:typing:

06-04-2009, 08:48 PM
I can't wait to see this tank when stocked with zoas. I would highly suggest getting at least one fish that can go into a 10g. A firefish would be perfect.

06-04-2009, 08:50 PM
Sounds like the makings of an awesome tank. Can't wait to see what it looks like when it's blossoming. thumbs2:

tim k
06-04-2009, 11:00 PM
Very cool idea , simple yet interesting.


06-05-2009, 12:34 AM
Looks great! Can't wait to see how it turns out once you start adding corals to it.

06-05-2009, 12:53 AM
awesome! can't wait too see all the zoas you'll have in there.

06-10-2009, 06:38 PM
Well I have added 7 varieties of zoas so far, along with 2 rics and a small hammer frag. I also added some nano conch snails from my 31g.

My rock came with a kind of bristleworm that I have never run into before. It is white, wide, flat, and very bristley. It is at least 7" long, but I could only get a blurry picture of its head. Please LMK if you know anything about this type of worm.

Thanks for looking in!



06-10-2009, 07:37 PM
Awesome little tank you got there, love the zoas, and that ric is amazing:19:

06-11-2009, 03:16 AM
No clue on the bristle but tank is coming along very well. Can't wait to see what it looks like as it matures some more. Makes me wish I still had a spare 10 gallon tank sitting around.

06-11-2009, 03:28 AM
Thats really nice!
It has really started to come around!
Sorry can't help with the worm.

Wild Turkey
06-11-2009, 04:38 AM
Amazing looking already! wow, wow, wow!

Sorry I cant really help with sw mystery creatures

06-12-2009, 11:25 AM
Awesome Coach. I'd like to set up a zoa tank someday

06-12-2009, 08:28 PM
Thanks for the compliments.

I added three more kinds of zoas. I will take some pics on Monday.

06-12-2009, 10:55 PM
Very impressive!:thumb:

07-13-2009, 06:36 PM
Well, here is an update on my work tank. I set up the AC70 fuge. Right now I have chaeto, my heater, and a carbon bag in there. I added a few more zoas and some shrooms. I also decided to add a single fish to the tank, and I went with a yellowtailed damsel. On to the pics!


Cool orange zoas:

My only fish:

Weird green zoas:

07-13-2009, 06:38 PM
AC70 Fuge Light


Wild Turkey
07-13-2009, 06:42 PM
Very awesome!!!! ive been waiting for an update to this thread, looks great and congrats on the edition thumbs2:

07-13-2009, 06:56 PM
That tank looks terrific!
The damsel was a nice touch too!thumbs2:

07-14-2009, 08:28 AM
nice tank!