Begining a saltwater tank =]

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Postby fishlover01 » 2007-04-19 00:55

I am about to get a saltwater tank that's 5g (I know VERY tiny) and I really could use some help on how to start and run it properly thanks! Also what kind of fish could live in a 5gal?

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Postby Perfectblue » 2007-04-19 05:10

Hello Michelle. Reading the article titled Setting Up A Nano Reef is a good place to start. It will explain the equipment needed, maintenance, stocking, etc.

<a href='http://allfishforums.com/index.php?showforum=82' target='_blank'>http://allfishforums.com/index.php?showforum=82</a>

I would personally recommend using a larger tank for your first marine aquarium. With smaller tanks it can be very difficult to keep water parameters stable. You would also be very limited as to what you could comfortably house in such a small tank. Keeping a fish in a 5g tank can be done, but only by experienced aquarists. The only fish I would house in a 5g would be a small Goby such as a Clown, Trimma, Masked, etc. This is why it would be best for you to start with at least a 30 gallon tank.

Hopefully this helps you out some and if you have any more questions just ask. :)
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Postby atnixon » 2007-04-19 10:56

Hello there Fishlover...yes, i have to agree...starting off with such a small leaves you with a very small margin for error..The bigger tank you have, the easier and quicker you can spot an issue when it arises...Am certainly not saying that it cannot be done though, give it bags of effort and a good maintenance routine and it should be just fine..

What you can put in there is a good question..If its just going to fish only, then you get away with something like a small clown goby, a small blenny..you could even go with a yellow watchman goby and a pistol shrimp and get the symbiotic relationship going, they are awsome pairings to have...

There is always a good selection of inverts to have..

Coral wise, will all depend on the lighting you have for the tank..

Anymore questions after you ahve read the article that P'Blue mentioned above, just shout up...

Welcome to the world of saltwater...

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Postby sharkdude » 2007-04-19 20:53

how much experiance do you have of fishkeeping?
beginers should (ideally) start with freshwater to get into the swing of things.
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Postby man-alive » 2007-04-26 17:43

I'm not sure what I would say on the subject is nothign you have already heard, but I do agree, a bigger tank gives you more room to play with. One small problem in a small tank is according to ratios a bit bigger than should be. In a larger tank it becomes more like the real sea, it becomes more stable. Depending on the animals, corals, invertabreats and so on, that is kept in the tank can take care of small problems better than in a small tank. But . . . if you still like the small reef tanks (I like them myself) give it all you have, it will be very rewarding in the long run, not to mention cheaper :D ! But be careful it can get very tricky!
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Re: Begining a saltwater tank =]

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