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Thread: Possible 10g
01-07-2011, 04:19 AM #1
I miss having a SW tank. My 20g has been down for over a year now. Pretty much the only money out of my pocket will be for the stocking and LR, good thing for a poor person like myself. I might have enough in gift certificates to make this free minus LR and lighting. Just gonna run my current thoughts by.
- CPR BakPak(possibly with one side as a fuge)
- 15lbs LR
- Sand/crushed coral substrate
- 4x17w T8(2x10000k 2xactinic)
- Koralia 1 (if the BakPak with a MJ1200 isn't enough)
- AC filter as a fuge, if not the CPR
- Yellow clown goby or twin spot goby or pair of neon gobbies or watchman goby or firefish
- 3 or 4 pepperment shrimp or a coral banded shrimp
- 2 scarlet hermits
- 5 electric blue hermits
- 1 turbo snail
- 3 astraea snails
- 3 cerith snails
- 3 nassarius snails
- zoas or polys and mushrooms, maybe LPS or SPS
Last edited by Artificial; 01-07-2011 at 04:33 AM.
01-07-2011, 07:25 AM #2
I guess it really depends on you. I would never recommend someone with limited experiance and knowledge about SW tanks to set-up anything smaller than around a 40 gallon tank. A 10 gallon can be a real challenge, even for someone with a lot of experiance. I would be concerned this would even more of a challenge with the CPR BakPak skimmer as these have not received good consumer reviews.
I would recommend that you wait and save up your money for a larger system. That's what I did for my first tank and I'm really glad I did.
BTW, what happend to your 20 gallon set-up ? Why did you take it down?If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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01-07-2011, 11:23 AM #3
With that lighting you'll be limited to softies. Sps and lps will need at least t-5's. T-8's don't do much for a reef. Also, a coral banded is going to be too large for a 10 gallon so I would stick to a couple of peppermints. Ours is 6 or 7 inches.
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01-07-2011, 11:25 AM #4
My CPR worked great on the 20g. I'm gonna be trying to do everything right this time. I didn't start off with RO/DI water last time, and I believe that's why I had lots of algae for almost 8 months out of the 10 months it was up. I didn't have money to keep maintaining it, so instead of letting it slowy get run down I decided to just tear it down.
EDIT: Thanks labnjab. Did electric blue hermits go up in price, because on F&S they're $8, and I'm sure I paid like $2 each for mine(from a LFS) when I set up my last tank? If they did indeed rise, I'll be going with dwarf zebras.
Last edited by Artificial; 01-07-2011 at 11:27 AM.
01-07-2011, 01:40 PM #5
0Originally Posted by labnjab
01-07-2011, 11:39 PM #6
I'm trying to stay on a budget. $58 for the 4x17w or $29 for 2x17w. I'll probably get just a single 2x17w, and either add another or upgrade to a MH or T5HO fixture when it comes time for coral.
Do my numbers on the CUC seem to high? To me it almost seems that way.
01-12-2011, 05:12 PM #7
My lfs sells blue legs for like 1.50. and if you pay 8 bucks for them, you got ripped off. Good luck on the 10g.
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01-13-2011, 06:56 AM #8
0Originally Posted by sunfishman
01-13-2011, 03:39 PM #9
Off to the LFS, I wonder what I'll come home with...
01-13-2011, 05:39 PM #10
Sorry for triple post, time to edit expired.
I've come home with 6lbs of LR and 3lbs of dry rock. The guy at the LFS said I could boil the dry rock for 10-15 minutes as opposed to a week to get the minerals out. Will that work?