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Howdy Folks, my senior project was the argument for why we need to save coral reefs. For this project, I need to create a product from my research. So I figured a nano reef would be perfect! My own mini coral reef. I need this done by early February. I already have the 10 gallon fish tank and a suitable light for this. Now, where do I go from here? I need a substrate and the saltautolinker.com autolinking image needed to create saltautolinker.com autolinking image water. Is anyone willing to guide me through this grueling process? Any help would be much appreciated.
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#1-Dry Rock, there are a few hitchhikers on Live Rock that people want to stay away from, so they opt for using Dry Rock, or Dead Rock. Macro Rock is a good place to start looking for that. Either way you go you will need a minimum of 1lb per gallon. You can use Fully Cured Live Rock, and have the tank cycled in just a few days also. Other way is to use just a couple of pounds of Live Rock and the rest Macro or Dry Rock.

#2-Replacement filter media like filter floss and activated carbon (if you get a filter) Which is really not necessary.

#3-Multiple Power heads (2 or 3) 10x your water volume for just a Fish Only With Live Rock, and at least 20x your water volume for a Reef Tank. So lets say your going reef, and you have a 100g tank, you would need flow in that tank at minimum of 2000gph, or 2 1000gph power heads.

#4-Protein Skimmer, rated at 2 times your water volume. Unless your tank is under 30g, in which case you can do 10% water changes a week to rid the system of detrius. But, you'll have to watch the water parameters close, if things go haywire, you'll have to do more water changes.

#5-Saltwater Test Kits. Reef Test Kit. Test for Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, PH, Phosphates, Calcium, ALK and Magnesium.

#6-Saltwater fish food. Mysis Shrimp, Squid, Cyclopease, Algae Sheets, Romaine . Flake food is not really a good food to feed your marine fish.

#7-Aquarium vacuum. This one is iffy. Most don't use one, if you have enough flow in the tank you won’t need one

#8-Rubber kitchen gloves

#9-Fish net

#10-Two, clean, never used before, 5-gallon buckets

#11-Aquarium thermometer, digital being the best.

#12-Brush with plastic bristles (old tooth brush) - needed for cleaning the live rock if you don't get Fully Cured Live Rock.

#13-Power Strip, possibly GFCI outlets by the tank.

#14-Optional but definitely recommend getting a Reverse Osmosis or RO/Deionization filter for the make-up water, and a barrel for storing the water.

#15-Possibly a Quarantine Tank for your new fish. They sit in here for a few weeks to kill off parasites and bacteria, to keep it from getting in your main tank

#16-Heater rated for your size tank.

#17-Saltwater Mix. Marine Salt. Instant Ocean is the cheap Salt that beginners and Advanced use alike.

#18-Saltwater Hydrometer or even better a Refractometer, which is more accurate. There is also a Digital Meter that is way advanced if you have the cash.

#19-Aquarium filter (not absolutely necessary if running with adequate amounts of live rock, but nice to have if you need to use a mechanical filter or activated carbon, or GFO and such)

#20-Aquarium substrate such as live sand or crushed coral. Some go bare Bottom, others choose the 1-2" bottom, others, more advanced will try the Deep Sand Bed, which is over 6" deep.

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Okay RM thank you for responding. Tomorrow I am heading to my lfs, and what should I pick up to get this tank going? I plan on getting the saltautolinker.com autolinking image and substrate. I already have the master reef test kit,and the led light you helped me purchase a while back. I need to get this tank going asap so I'm probably going to buy fully cured live rock. Any help would be much appreciated
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Re: My Senior Project

If you want it going asap, then get fully cured live rock. Don't let it dry out even a little bit on your way home.
Put your sand in the tank first, put a plate or bowl in the bottom of the tank and start to fill that with your new SW, once you've gotten it a bit over 1/2 way filled, then add your live rock, then fill it the rest of the way up.
Get your 200gph of power heads in there and your heater. Wait 3 days, then test your water, which should be in good order because you used fully cured rock. At this point your ready for fish and a clean up crew, in a week add corals.
If we are going REEF TANK, then you should be getting Reef Crystals or something of that nature, as it will mix out your elements high, and you won't have to dose anything.
Make sure you have at least 15-20lbs of live rock, because we are not going to use a skimmer.

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This is going to be a reef tank, so I guess the reef crystals you are talking about is the saltautolinker.com autolinking image mix? I was thinking on getting the water and sand in today then going back on Monday and getting the live rock. I'm also having a hard time getting the powerheads. You said 2-3 but with only 200gph needed it's hard to find two small powerheads. Thanks for your help.
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Re: My Senior Project

You can go with one power head, it just tends to push water into a corner.
Reef Crystals is a very good saltautolinker.com autolinking image mix.
Bring along a 5g bucket to the LFS, ask him to put some of his SW into it, then put your live rock in there.
Go home, set up your tank, and put in the rock, it easily all be done in a 10g in one day.

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Well I did everything you pretty much said. I put the sand in, filled it up with about 7 gallons of saltautolinker.com autolinking image water, and I put the live rock in. I have a 160 gph power head and the heater in the tank too. What temperature should I keep it? Its around 80? right now. I also wondering what fish I could keep in it? I plan on a clownfish but what else?? Thanks for all the info.
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Here is the current setup. What is the next step? Test the water tomorrow? The hydrometer says the salinity is at 1.025. And I'll get readings from my test kit. What do I need to test?
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Re: My Senior Project

Need to test for Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates at this time frame. I'd not test for another 2 days. You should be ok to throw in fish on the 3rd day, if testing shows all numbers to be inline, which they should.
Gotta watch those hydrometers, if your going with a Reef, then those don't tend to read SG very accurately.
Tank temp should be between 76-79, I'd not go above 80.
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Oh, ya gotta fill it up the rest of the way now.

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Okay I need to tone down my heater then, and yeah I bought the hydrometer for a ballpark range because the lps sold a refractometer for $65 so I said heck no. I'll buy a refractometer online. Okay I'll fill up the rest of the tank, and I'll test the water in two days. Thank you for your help.
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Alright the tank is fully filled and I plan to test the water tomorrow. I also got my refractometer now. What numbers am I looking for? I know no ammonia, no nitretes and some nitrates. Should I test anything else?
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Ammonia
Nitrites
Nitrates
SG
Phosphates
Calcium
Alkalinity
Magnesium
PH

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