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    I'm hoping to set up a 10 gallon saltwater aquarium, with coral, soon. I have a heater, water filter (not the under gravel kind), and some of that Stress coat stuff I got from another Kit. What else do I need, and what do I have to do weekly/monthly/yearly, maintainance wise?

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    don't mean to burst your bubble, but a 10 gallon is too small for a saltwater setup. there won't be enough room for coral, live sand, fish, protein skimmers, tidepool filters, etc, on such a small aquarium... [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

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    [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] Are you sure? I saw a really tiny Saltwater Aquarium at an Aquarium Store.

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    A 10 gallon if fine if you want a micro-reef. But your not going to be able to fit anything but aobut 1 or 2 small fish. You would have to go completely coral or anemone since they will get too close in a small tank like that since anemones can move and corals cannot. If you did go anemone you owuld probably one get 2, probably a long tentacled one and carpet (would have to move it out eventually). It is a lot more work for the smaller tanks. You have to be very careful if you keep inverts. Keep up with water changes, dont let salinity, dissolved solids, temp fluctuate. But if you do do everything requred, you can come out with a spectacular piece of work!

    But Spectabilis is pretty much right, unless you pump all the water out into a sump, it would be too difficult. Plus, micro-reefs should not be attempted by a beginer.

    The small aquarium you saw at the store probably was just an azzo aquarium with a small filter, some sand, a feather duster, a snail and some pygmy brittle starfish, seen them. I have however seen succesful 2.5 microreefs that people have kept pygmy seahorses in.

    Plus, how much money do you have. To amke a saltwater aquarium, most suggest you start with at LEAST 50 gallons. Then with all the live rock if you can find it cheap, add 150-200 dollars on that, then live sand, another 100, then your clean up crew, time to stabilize the aquarium, proper lighting, and then the expensive fish. Its a big investment unfortunatley.... But you will be happy if you can do it all!
    Oh boy.

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    Don't forget the all important protein skimmer!

    Remeber, when it comes to salt water systems, the bigger the better. I know it costs so much to set up a big one, but your chances of being successful go down.

    look at it this way...

    you have basically three conditions you need to wory about.

    Water Quality
    Temperature
    Specific Gravity

    if you run a ten gallon tank, and we'll take Specific Gravity (The Salt Concentration in the water) and you are standardized at 1.022 in a 10 gallon tank, and an evaporation of 1 gallon occurs without you adding fresh water, you have then sustained a 10% increase in the specific gravity, lethal to corals for sure...

    now, the same scenario with a 100 gallon tank.

    lets say you lost 1 or 2 gallons in a day, your talking a 1 or 2% shift in specific gravity, this is not lethal, and you have time to correct it.

    The greater margin for error in a larger tank gives beginners the time they need to learn, unlike in fresh water where you start small and go big, in reefs, you start big, get bigger, and go smaller on a tangent for giggles... someday I hope to have a 1000 gallon indo-pacific reef system... but that is a LONG way off! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Oh, ok. Well, better I find out now then later. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] I guess I'll start out with something easier. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] One more question, how do you get those words under your name, timbudtwo?

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    Oh boy.

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    Hmmmm...... I know which space to fill in. But I don't have that the option in my profile. Why? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]

    *Deep thought*

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