Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: SPS question

  1. #1
    Senior Member StephG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    1,103

    SPS question

    Hey all,

    Well my nano is doing great. All corals are fine. I've got a toadstool, candycane, pom pom xenia and red mushroom in there now. Looking for a few more softies at the moment if anyone has anything interesting but that's besides the point I want to try an SPS. I have 1X70 DE MH buld (14K) and 2 X 28W PC (Actinic) over my 10G. My tank is a standard 10G so it's 18" high I think. Is that lighting enough to keep SPS? If so what would be considered an easier sps? Any nano reefers have any luck keeping SPS with a similar setup?

    Thanks

    Steph

  2. #2
    Senior Member tang_man_montreal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    5,821
    Steph,
    That lighting should be enough, provided that you place the SPS at or near the top.

    That said, your main concerns will be tank stability. With a tank that small, temperature, pH, Alk, Ca variations can sway very fast.
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

  3. #3
    Senior Member putz28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    287

    sps in your nano

    You have no problem at all growing sps in that tank.

    Check out nano-reef.com, there are tons of similar setups.

    I have the nano cube 12dx with the 'Larnie' upgrade, ~100w of PC. I have a couple sps that are doing amazing in there.
    125G in wall
    2 x 250 hqi
    4 x 4' actinics
    tunze wavemaker & 6060
    2 x 1200 maxi's
    quiet one 3000

    ...just started of course



    One day my daughter asked me for Nemo. Here we are thousands later and I'm just getting started.

  4. #4
    Senior Member StephG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    1,103
    I have an auto top off so salinity I'm not worried about. I have a fuge which I run reverse photo period so keep the ph in check at night. I do 25-30% water changes every two weeks to keep alk/calcium in check. Params are surprisingly stable in the tank. Thanks for the input. What would you recommend I start with? I'd like something branchy like the birdsnest you're bringing to maso 12 if I recall correctly I think birdnest is harder to keep though ... isn't it?

  5. #5
    Senior Member StephG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    1,103
    putz28 ... good to know. Maybe I'll pick one up this weekend.

  6. #6
    Senior Member putz28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    287
    I have an orange digi that is growing like a weed in my nano. Damn thing is out of control : )

    My 12 is very stable, I haven't had any trouble with it in the least. That being said being a small tank if things go bad it can happen fast but it's the same for bigger tanks. It's no ocean we're keeping.

    I honestly feel my 12 takes care of itself, it is very little maintenance. top off, bio cal, wee coraline scrape, and monthly water changes.

    2 clowns
    ever expanding RBT for a host
    frogspwan
    torch
    ric
    xenia
    several zoa's
    orange digi

    At some point I will alocate this tank stickly a clown anemone tank but for now it's a nice little spot for everyone.
    125G in wall
    2 x 250 hqi
    4 x 4' actinics
    tunze wavemaker & 6060
    2 x 1200 maxi's
    quiet one 3000

    ...just started of course



    One day my daughter asked me for Nemo. Here we are thousands later and I'm just getting started.

  7. #7
    Moderator Krugar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    3,174
    My opinion is that a 70W MH is life support for sps. They'll survive, they might even grow, but they don't thrive.

    If you put it up high enough you should be okay, but I could not beleive the diffence in the coral when I moved them from my 70W set up to my 250W set up.

    Cheers!
    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

  8. #8
    Senior Member StephG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    1,103
    Thanks for the input Krugar. I'll definatly take it one step at a time. Not sure if I'll end up getting one or not.

  9. #9
    Senior Member putz28's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    287
    I think depth is an issue with the 70's so they will need to be near the top.

    I have had a birds nest 2 inches under the water in my nano and a foot under in my 125, power by 250 HQI's and you know what????? No difference.
    Now when I added the tunze wavebox the thing exploded so it obviously loves the added flow.

    A lot of good light is a lot of good light is a lot of good light.
    Your 70MH will do just fine as long as the sps are in the top half of the tank.
    125G in wall
    2 x 250 hqi
    4 x 4' actinics
    tunze wavemaker & 6060
    2 x 1200 maxi's
    quiet one 3000

    ...just started of course



    One day my daughter asked me for Nemo. Here we are thousands later and I'm just getting started.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •