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Ok, so I have now had a SW tank for close to a year and have decided to take a try at corals. I have super successful FW planted tanks. And I have a good concept on much of what will take to do corals. I do know that I am not picking the most ideal sisize tank for my first try at corals. But it's what I have available and I am willing to put in the time and effort. What I need is some advice on some corals that would be good to start with. And maybe even a fish or shrimp that would be good. The tank does have a built in filter and an LED light that I'm not sure the power on, but I did have grown picky plants in there. I can get a picture up later.
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Re: 3.5g Pico

Probly no fish will be happy in a 3.5.Not even a barnacle blenny.
As for shrimp I think you need to stay on the small side also,like a sexxy dancer shrimp.
As for corals it is all on the light as you could possibly get a frag of almost anything these days.
I would stay clear of any filter feeding corals(non photosynthetic).
Featherdusters don't care about light and are real cool..
The big"fish" that might fit is you will never generate enough food (pods...) for them in a 3.5.
Pipe fish or seahorse come to mind if you can get captive bred,they will eat frozen food.

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So I had abanded this project for a while. Then I moved and have it set up and running again. I have lots more research done and plenty more experience with SW. So I have decided to go with a sexy shrimp tank with a coral or two. I have a pretty over done set up too! I'll try and gets pics up. But I have the back pretty packed with equipment that should help with the low water volume. I have one original filter pad as my first line of defense. Then in the first chamber I have my small heater. And an intake for a small canister meant for turtle tanks. It hold my carbon and some purigen plus a sponge. In the second chamber I have another small sponge and the return for the canister. Third chamber holds a biocube skimmer and the return pump. And I'm still using the stock LED light.

Inside the tank I have about 5 lbs of live rock. And 6-7 lbs of aragonite sand. The rocks came out of my main tank so they will help speed up my cycle. One rock has a whole bunch of small feather duster worms which looks really neat. And I threw in 3 blue leg hermits.

I'm on day two of the tank running everyone is happy. I'm going to test my water shortly.
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Re: 3.5g Pico

How did it go?

I'd recommend a neon blue stripe goby; super tiny.

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Haha, a well the tank is gone now. I had a friend move out of town and he gave me his 29g biocube. So ya. It got moved to a much bigger tank. But when I had it, it went well. I had some zoas, a couple small mushrooms, and some pulsing zenias. Fun tank. I would do it again.
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