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  1. deem

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    So I am starting up a nano reef tank :) I am using my old FW tank and DIY cabinet.

    This is what it looks like

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    The tank is 46x32.5x30.5cm

    So lighting there is currently 2x10w t8 plant grow tubes that I will replace in time but for now will leave them in. So I will be adding a 15w Marine t8 tube and ballast in the next week to add to that. LEDs are far too expensive and T5 is too long for my hood.

    I am going to use natural sand, and I have washed it and letting it dry before putting it into the tank.

    I would like to add live rock to the setup and in the future a few mushrooms and zoes J

    I have a internal canister filter rated at 400l/h that I will be using, it has carbon already and sponge media. What else can I put in it as filter media?

    What are the best salts for nano tanks? Are there differences between them?
     
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  3. devesh.r

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    All the best on the tank man.
     
  4. deem

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    Thanks :)
     
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    Word of warning from a Nano user...you are going to have MAJOR heat issues...you got vents in that Hood...? You will also need some fans as the tubes will add extra heat...trust me..the temp hits sky high with such a small tank....I have 2 fans blowing on my Nano, with the standard Fans.. and on those hot days I have Hood open and light's off AND 250ml frozen RO water plastic container(which I swop out) and I have my canister filter(external) standing in an old salt container filled up with ICE...:eek:..and I still struggle..:eek:..welcome to DURBAN humid days...:(
     
  6. deem

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    Ja I know about the heat :(, had the FW tank running in it for over two years now. The pic was taken before I put my FW tank in it. So I have now drilled three holes in the back of the hood for ventilation and heat.
    Thanks for the info :)
     
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    Nice...will be following...post more pics! :)
     
  8. Mc

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    I would also try get some fans in that hood if you can if you don't tou are almost sure to have heat issues.
    I have a very similar little tank and I use red sea coral pro salt and it is working well.
    Also not sure about the canister filter have you thought of adding a small refugium to the back.
    Check out this tank. http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=33277
     
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    So today I got the first marine tube :)

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    So will put it in tonight and see how it looks...
     
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    How did the light turn out?
     
  11. deem

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    Light looks good :)

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    Put the sand in today.

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    Do I need a thicker layer? It is roughly 5cm at the moment.

    Also got a stain on the glass at the back, tried vinegar as well to remove it but no luck. But with water and rocks in, I dont think it will be much of a problem...
     
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    Looks good.:thumbup:
    If you want to get rid of that mark try using a razor blade.
     
  13. deem

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    Thanks @Mc. I tried the razor blade too but it did not help :( I think it is stained. The tank is really old, as was my fathers before I took it over about 10 years ago. So its been through alot lol.
     
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    Try vinegar and a blade else polish with cerium paste.
     
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