11g Nano setup

…and everything smaller!

Postby KittyKat » 2005-12-28 22:33

not even corals? or not even a few shrimp? or not even a few crabs? ... which one?
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Postby Sam » 2005-12-28 22:35

shrimps and crabs. Most crabs are difficult to keep in any size reef, due to their destructive nature. (Don' quote me on that, I'm not 100% sure)
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Postby KittyKat » 2005-12-28 22:46

Kev said i could manage 2 smaill shrimp in a 5L pico... or a crab for that matter...
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Postby Sam » 2005-12-28 22:55

Only if you have a really tight hold over params. You'd really need to know what you were doing.
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Postby dementedlullaby » 2005-12-29 06:04

The only other tank I can make into marine at the moment is a 15g and that won't be much more than the near 10. I do plan on keeping params as stable as I possibly can and of course will take my time with adding everything. I know someone who has a 2.5g nano that has 2 shrimp and 2 snails. This has been running for awhile so I'm planning on grabbing tips from them. It's also more cost effective this way as I don't really have 600 dollars to pitch for just a tank and equip right now, just trying it out to see how I like it :)

If I can convince my parents to start the marine tank that my mom wants to start then I may ditch this idea and just take care of theirs mostly. We'll have to wait and see.
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Postby Sam » 2005-12-29 09:03

dementedlullaby wrote: I do plan on keeping params as stable as I possibly can and of course will take my time with adding everything.

Easier said than done. If I were I would just put all my efforts into trying to your parents to let you have a 150l+ reef.
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-29 13:24

Depends what crabs you go for..... just stay away from the carnivorous ones. Crabs with 'spoon' shaped claws tend to be the safest ones as they are usually herbivores, or omnivores. As long as Nitrates are kept at zero then there shouldn't be a problem, even some corals like Nitrates anyway and seem to grow better in it.
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Postby Innes » 2005-12-29 14:34

keeping 0 nitrates is almost impossible in any sized tank, a small tank is even harder to achieve this as there is less water to dilute the pollution.

a small tank is unlikely to have a great filtration system, its unlikely to be fitted with a skimmer, UV or any kind of marine lighting, combine that with unstable water parameters and you have a nightmare tank for marines.
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-29 16:01

There is always one that is against the whole Nano reef thing. It is possible yes and it does take more work... -_-
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Postby Innes » 2005-12-29 17:40

I didnt say it cant be done, just trying to give practicle advice that may benefit someone.
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Postby KittyKat » 2005-12-29 18:15

you are right Innes, nano reefs are hard work and definately not for fish

& Kev is also right in saying that they can be kept for coral displays
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Postby Innes » 2005-12-29 19:05

kev is right, it can be done.

but you need to keep the water stable in terms of salinity and also pollution free, its very hard to do in a small tank.

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this guy started with a 10g nano tank with corals - look how nice his corals are now!!!
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Postby Sam » 2005-12-29 19:22

Wow! A feast for the eyes :P
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Postby KittyKat » 2005-12-29 19:27

nice! hopefully mine will be as nice one day!
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-29 23:26

Thats another thing I didnt mention, salinity stability. An ATO (automatic top off) is going to become your best friend :P
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