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09-21-2011, 02:45 AM
Hello Everyone thank you for viewing my 10g FOWLR project. I am calling it a project because I just want to get the feel for saltwater and learn the salty side of the hobbie so that I can learn with little risk. I know with all of your help its impossible for me to fail but I guess im using this as an opertunity to prove to myself that spending alot of money on a larger tank will not go to waste. well without further delay here are the pix. :worthless:


09-21-2011, 02:53 AM
Good luck with it, marine aquarium keeping is a wonderful, fascinating thing.

I assume you're going to use a substrate and more live rock in the tank? If the latter, you should add all the live rock at once, so you won't experience cycles every time you add more live rock.


09-21-2011, 02:55 AM
Off to a good start. To get some good coraline growth and show proper spectrum on a marine tank try some Coralife 50/50 CFLs.
You could probably also keep a few mushrooms and macro algae under the 40watts of lighting.

09-21-2011, 03:02 AM
yes i definatley am adding alot more LR that is only about a pound and a half. I actually have already added a 3 pound rock today but just havent taken a pic yet. I dont have a large buget for this right away but i was just going to keep adding rock as I go. should i just save for the rock and buy it all at once? also i wasnt sure what substrate i was going to get. I want sand but i was holding off to see if my ph was going to high enough. once i have the tank for a wile i can tell were the ph is going to be. then i will decide if i can get my sand or if i should just use crushed coral

09-21-2011, 03:07 AM
Go for aragonite sand, it will buffer the pH in the right spectrum as well. Most of us use aragonite reef sand in our marine tanks for that purpose aside from looks. Ive always kept a thin sand bed as it is easier to keep clean. I would go for a 5lb bag of dry sand and then add a couple of pounds of true live sand to seed it. Definitely save up for the rock at once, you could order enough rock for the tank online probably cheaper than your LFS. I have used liverockusa.com and getliverock.com and both have delivered nice pieces.

Cheapest rock I have gotten is from getliverock.com and I used it for my Pico...this rock is about LFS grade and dirt cheap. I got 10lbs for $30 shipped...cant beat that.

09-21-2011, 03:09 AM
Buy it all at once so you can cycle it all at once. Crushed coral is a good idea, since it'll help with your alkalinity. Have you decided on an additive to add the 11 major ions and trace elements of natural sea water, plus alkalinity?

When you get test kits, you want 380 to 430 ppm Calcium and at the very least 3.5 mq/l alkalinity. You want ph 8.2.


09-21-2011, 03:58 AM
wooowwww. this is going to be cheeper than i thought. i just paid about $7 a lb. the rock sand and test kits are going to be next pay check and done cycle and sit for a long wile then stock. thumbs2: jenn where can i get the sand from. i checked dr fosters and they only have big bags. and dave thanks for the testing tips. right now i have a API freshwater kit. what do you suggest i pick up for this tank. I know testing is one of your strong suits. thumbs2:

09-21-2011, 05:27 AM
Your LFS can provide the live, Petsmart here carries 5lb bags of Aragonite. That is where I picked up mine anyway....

Probably the most crucial aspect to a nano is filtration and circulation. What are you planing to use for that? I would personally get an AquaClear 70 on the job and load it down with high quality carbon, purigen, chemi-pure elite and a polyfilter. Choosing 2-3 of these medias will help control your parms between waterchanges, it is more effective for tanks this size to use good chemical filtration and larger weekly waterchanges than a skimmer.

The API master marine would be a decent kit to start off with.

09-21-2011, 11:58 AM
right now i just have a cheep little 10g hob. but i was going to get an AC30 with a powerhead. but i can do a AC 70 not a problem. and i will just use ur media suggestions. thanks jenn

09-21-2011, 01:29 PM
Great journel so far, lots of good info and advice here

Keep us posted with lots of pics as you progress.

09-22-2011, 04:18 AM

09-22-2011, 09:59 AM
If you want some really good dry rock to add, check this stuff out (http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/store/brs-pukani-dry-aquarium-eco-rock.html) it blows the lbs/gal guide out the window. It is so porous and light that you probably don't have room for 15-20lbs of it in a 10gal.

09-22-2011, 03:20 PM
I will defiantly keep that in mind for when i get my next tank lol. can you say MTS lol. for now $30 for 10lbs is perfect. and wow i just realized with chrome i can use spell checker in my posts. that's amazing for me.

09-29-2011, 04:37 AM
Well I got the sand. this is the first time i have ever used a sand substrate and lets just say that my experience is a little cloudy. :hmm3grin2orange:
I thought i was doing it right. I cleaned the sand alot. the water never came clear but i thought that was just because i was moving the sand around and some sand was suspended in the water. then i tryed to take the wet sand and funnel it in a tube so that it would go right to the bottom and that also was a disaster. the sand was like clay and wouldnt slide down. o well i guess i have to wait for it to settle. just dont know how long i should wait to turn the filter on.

09-29-2011, 10:41 AM
If you have some kind of filter floss in your HOB temporarily, it will help clear that up. Also, if the particles are too fine and are going right through, you can use Seachem Clarity. I've used it on SW tanks in the past when I had this same issue, and it worked wonderfully. The best part it, Clarity has no negative impact on the system. All it will do is cause the particles to clump together to form larger particles that your filter can effectively remove.