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07-27-2013, 09:15 PM #1
Back in the game with a nano reef!
Hello everyone! I'll be keeping this thread as a way to journal the progression of my nano reef...
I just want to start off with a little bit of history first.
Since I was a kid, my father has always had an aquarium in the household from as far back as I can remember. He had a 55 gallon reef tank setup in the late 80's throughout the 90's that I loved growing up. Going to the local fish store for me was like taking a trip to disneyland for the other kids So you can say, I love marine life
After this time I've had many tanks from a 30 gallon ciclid tank to a 30 gallon planted tank to a 40 gallon simple reef setup with nothing other than a canister filtration system to finally an 80 gallon reef tank that we built a custom stand for, lighting, chiller, 30 gallon sump, skimmer, and all the other mouth watering goodies.
Unfortunately that 80 gallon had to go when we moved again.
Anyway now to the present. Fast forward around 7 years I have the sudden urge to get back into the game but these "nano reefs" are appealing to me quite a bit.
Here are my conditions:
I may go a bit bigger than a 10gal this will be apparent within the week as I'll have my tank by then. Looking for something around 10 to 25gallon. Nothing bigger as I don't want a dedicated stand for it since space is limited.
I'll be looking into a very simple filtration system, instead will be focusing on lighting, a protein skimmer, water flow/current, etc...
This being said, I need a protein skimmer thats discreet since I won't have a sump.
As far as lighting goes, LED's are very new to me in the aquarium scene since they never existed when I had my 80gallon reef. If it was anything like fluorescent where there were a million different kinds then I'll have to get on doing some research there.
I'll be using live sand as my substrate and around 1.5lbs of live rock per gallon of water.
So this is all for now, and i'll keep updating this thread with pictures and information as I go on.
If anyone has some recommendations on equipment or anything for that matter, please feel free
07-27-2013, 11:47 PM #2
for that size tank, you could consider going without a protein skimmer...they are a good idea and kinda standard practice, but not absolutely required. I've run my tank now for quite a while without one.
I recently acquired an LED fixture for my tank, and I don't regret it. The biggest benefit has been that my tank no longer heats up thru the day - the temperature is consistent now at what my heater is set to, the lights no longer affect the temperature.
It will be great to see your tank develop!
07-28-2013, 06:01 AM #3
I ran a 10 gallon with a Koralia 1 and a CPR BakPak w/MJ1200. Ran that same setup on a 20g a few years back.
Unfortunately, the skimmer doesn't fit on my pico reef I'm downsizing to, and probably would flip the tank over. If you were interested in getting a skimmer, shoot me a PM, I'd be willing to let it go for a good price to someone on here.
I'm also going to be investing in LEDs for the first time. Really excited to see what all the rage is about. I remember when T5HO was in, and LEDs were a distant murmur of the future.50g African Cichlid Tank ♦ 30g Planted Community Tank ♦ 2g Pico Reef ♦ 45g Hex Goldfish Tank ♦ 10g Planted Betta Tank ♦ 55g Oscar & JD Tank ♦ 40g JD Juveniles Tank
07-29-2013, 10:11 PM #4
Also I made my main purchases today.
-10 gallon glass tank
-Just a generic LED fixture from pet-smart for now
-The tank came with one of those whisper 10 HOB filters which is ok for now.
-Also came with a 50 watt heater I'll keep using until I get one of those sleek mini flat heaters
-got 10lbs of Caribbean live sand
-12 lbs of live rock from my LFS... got 5lbs of premium and 5lbs of regular live rock
-a glass thermometer since those crapy sticker kinds are useless that come with the tank.
That's all for now! I'll post pics once I start this baby up within the couple hours.
Also I'm gonna need to order a powerhead, and I have a saltwater testing kit coming in tomorrow.
I'm so excited!
07-30-2013, 06:38 AM #5
Alright so here's how it sits day 1... sand floating everywhere in the tank... should clear up fast. Theres 10lbs of live rock in there.
The led light fixture/hood that came with the tank is the worst excuse for lighting i've ever seen so im not even bothering with it. I'm going to go pickup a quality LED fixture and glass canopy tomorrow morning, and I may just replace the little top fin 10 HOB with a aqua clear 20.
07-30-2013, 08:25 PM #6
07-30-2013, 11:23 PM #7
07-31-2013, 12:50 AM #8
Have you given any thought to the stocking plan for the tank? You're slightly limited with a tank that size but you can still create a fun mix between fish and corals if you choose55g Long --> After 18mo of doing well the tank crashed during moving. Most likely cause: Flatworm Die-off... won't start another until after moving... Likely not until late 2013
20g Long --> currently concoting a build plan
Check out the journal to follow my 20g SW tank
"Take a chance, because you never know how perfect some things can turn out" -- unknown
07-31-2013, 02:27 AM #9
Edit: I take that back, mandarin goby is a no go, probably will find a small clown in place or maybe even a more passive specie of damsel
Last edited by Steemax; 07-31-2013 at 02:31 AM.
07-31-2013, 02:38 AM #10
you could have a little school of neon gobys...ah but they are jumpers too...well, if you got an eggcrate lid for your tank you wouldn't have to worry about jumpers as much...and there are sexy shrimp or peppermint shrimp that are small so you could get small groups of either one of them...not like the cleaner/skunks they get pretty big and are horrible pests/pigs for food.