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    Want to turn ten gallon into nano-reef!

    Hello, I have never kept saltwater fish before, but I do actually want to start because I am going to be taking marine biology at the university of Dalhousie.

    So I have a question about lighting and such. I want to use screw in compact flourecent lights. What do you recommend?

    And do I need live sand? I understand live rock but I don't know if I can spend that much money on live sand.

    Thanks

    -Joel

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    Welcome

    What you have to realize before venturing any further is this is a very expensive and time consuming hobby, many students find that after setting up a tank they have a hard time keeping it going for those reasons.

    With that said, you can buy some screw in Coralife 20w bulbs, a few of these over a 10gal and you could keep some softies. You can go for a Coralife 65w retrofit (for $80) if you want something with more wattage and less problems.

    Live sand=nm don't spend your money on that, you'll get life soon enough.

    Make sure your tank has never had med's used in it. Get a powerhead and an Aquaclear filter and do weekly waterchanges and you won't need a skimmer. Do lots of research and figure out if on a students budget if you have the money or time to do it.

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    Believe me time is no issue, I have currently 5 tanks up, and a ten gallon with all of the equipment, waiting for some saltwater.

    Where online can I buy those lights for a good canadian price? I will be looking for the 20w ones!

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    Well I wll also be switching substrate, and I know the med thing won;t be an issue

    -joel

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    Originally posted by saltyjr
    Well I wll also be switching substrate, and I know the med thing won;t be an issue

    -joel
    Ok so you haven't dosed any medications in the tank?

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    As Cake Fan said, welcome.

    I will add my caution here as well - not to discourage you but so you go into this hobby knowing the risks - keeping a 10 gallon tank stable is 20x more difficult than keeping a 25 gallon tank stable.

    I can't answer your light question as I've never looked for them. This forum's store has good prices (click on shopping at the top of the page). Other great places that I buy from are - http://www.jlaquatics.com/ or http://www.mops.ca/ . FWIW - J & L are running a monthly sale on light bulbs. I didn't check to see if the screw in ones were included.

    Be sure to get good test kits - I use Salifert (a little more expensive but reliable). Red Sea and Hagen have a reputation for not getting repeatable results. There are other kits available. I suggest checking for feedback on the forums before purchasing. I suggest starting with ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, calcium, alk, phosphates and pH.

    Good luck whatever you decide.

    Vickie

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    so my 90gal with 30gal sump will be easier to maintain then my 20 gal nano?

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    The water parameters won't change as quickly, Fisherman, because you have a much greater volume of water to dilute the changes. Another way of looking at it is - it will take a LOT more of anything to change your water parameters. Your new 120 gallon system is 6 times your 20 gallon system so it will take about 6 times as much calcium to boost the level, etc.

    Enjoy it

    Vickie

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    I know none of you are trying to discourage me, that is why I am doing research like mad. And I have medicated the tank before, but it was a while ago, and was cleaned out since then, then the only thing I have used is melafix. Which I am sure won't harm anything.

    -Joel

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    SO I really only need three new test kits as well.

    -Joel

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