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    perhaps because you don't have the rights?
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    I had a 10 gal aquarium, and it did great with only a bio-wheel filter. I would Highly recomemend a bio-wheel for anyone persuing an aquarium of any type. I had an anenome, live rock, sea pen, starfish, 4 fish, hermit crab, and sea fan ( the worm in a tube that feeds with a fan-like structure). May I also recommend that you avoid a hermit crab, mine ate the anenome, sea fan, and sea pen & thier replacements. By the time I designated the crab as the sourse of trouble, he had cost me about buku $.

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    Hey Colieo,

    couple things,

    10 gallons can be done, and a lot of experienced aquarium keepers do so successfully, the point is, you have to have mega good husbandry skills, keep up with your water changes, filter changes and so on...

    I wouldn't be suprised if your nitrate level was what was killing your inverts, and your hermit got the rap because you caught him eating the carcasses... but I can't be sure... just an off the wall guess.

    Also, be mindful that there are many species of hermits, and some are only herbivores, or detritus eaters, I think currently the blue electric hermit is considered one of the best algae control specimens around, it only eats green fimamentous algae, leaving desireable coraline alone. Red hermits from the sea of cortez eat coraline, and should be avoided.

    ANy how, my two cents. I bet if you were really succesful with a 10 gallon reef system you were changing filters and water on a weekly basis and really taking good care of the tank.
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    Many species of hermit crab will actually "trim" the tentacles of an anenome, it doesn't hurt the anenome at all, it actually helps them. the nitrite levels may have killed them...
    nitrates aren't dangerous to fish, they're harmless, nitrites are dangerous, but not nitrates, bacteria turn ammonia to nitrites, and then turns the nitrites into harmless nitrates, am I right? or am I mixing nitrates and nitrites up? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img] correct me if i'm wrong

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    Ram, Spec, I did change the filter alot like you said! It was about every 11 days ( pain in the rear). I paid special attention to the Nitrates because of the number of invertebrates in the tank. The tip off was that 5 min after introducing the the sea pen, and fan worm into the tank, I did catch the the crab red-handed starting a mini-buffet [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] . I have no clue as to the species, think I just got a rotten crab out of the bunch. What do you think?

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    I belive your right spec, nitrites...

    but, to make me look smart again! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] lol... nitrates do BECOME nitrites... so there! LOL

    Yeah, Cole, looks like you might have gotten a predatory species that stinks...
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    Ok, I've done a lot of research into the topic of maintaining a saltwater tank and come to the conclusion that, I can do it. But it's going to take all of my allowance money and a considerable bit of my time too. So far I've come up with a list of everything I think I need. I've also decided that a 10 gal is too unstable. ( I.E. Easily affected by changes in temperature, ect...) So I'm going to get a 29 gal instead. The tank will be placed in my computer room where the temperature varies from 70-78 F instead of in my room where the temperature varies from 75-100 F. The computer room is pretty busy near dusk and on weekends so the fish should get used to people after a short while.

    Here is the list:

    Water Quality------------
    Ph Increaser
    Ph Decreaser
    Chlorine & Heavy Metal Remover "Stress Coat"
    Bacteria Additives "Stress Zyme"
    Bio Wheel Filter 330
    Combo Test Kit "Hagen"
    Undergravel Filter "Lee's Premium"
    Air Pump "Penn Plax"
    Tubing & Connectors
    Airstone
    Siphon & Gravel Cleaver
    Protein Skimmer "Red Sea Prizm"
    live rock

    Temperature-------------
    Heater "Ebo Jager"
    Thermometers "Hagen"
    Powerhead "Penguin"

    Specific Gravity----------
    Artificial Sea Salt "Reef Crystals"
    Hydrometer "Precision"
    Water

    Other-------------------
    Small & Large Nets
    Ick Treatment "Super Ick Cure"
    Bacterial Treatment "Melafix"
    Calcium "Reef Calcium"
    Aqua Gloves
    Epoxy Stick
    Filter Brush Kit

    If I need anything else or you don't think I need something on the list let me know. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    Thanks,
    Mike [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    EDIT: I'm going for a reef tank with a couple corals, inverts and fish with a lot of biological filtration.

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