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  1. MavrickFDT

    MavrickFDT

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    Hi All

    I recieved this old little tank as a gift and was wondering it this can work as a type of nano...

    Anyway, I need to find a DIY way of adding propper lighting, and will it be necesary to drill the tank for a little sump as well?
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  3. Renier

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    cant see the pic
     
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    And now?



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    You've got your photo album on Private, you need to change it to Public.
     
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    :blush: Oops, Thanks Viper357, can you see it now, if not I will repost them..
     
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    its posted twice already thank. looks promising but what would you put it there? def no tangs. probabla a couple chromis or clowns?
     
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    Yes I guess some tiny fish's, maybe some clowns like you say and a Shrimpy,with some smallish corals not sure what else can you put in such a tiny tank??
     
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    probably coral that are not light dependent or you could diy a kwaai LED unit then get a nano clam, 2 clowns, one of those baby gobies, wich ever you fancy, then a couple of pieces of LR fist size and stick a couple of frags on it. with the LED's u can have lps and sps.

    but i would rather get a larger tank as i have heard that the smaller the setup the harder it is to keep things stable for example all of a sudden u have a very hot day and come home to find half the water evaporate and salinity is high an.. and..
     
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    Yes see thats what I have in mind but except LED's what is the smallest T5's or metal halids you get that might fit in there?..

    and yes I know this will be high maintenance, but its a just to keep me busy project...thats why I want to try it out to be as cheap as possible so if it doesnt work, then I will use it as a little Guppy tank...
     
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    So anybody have a good idea of a DIY light unit?
     
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    how many liters is the tank?I would say a 70w mh should be fine.......

    You dont need a sump btw,a hangon back skimmer does wonders in a nano,actually works very very well....maybe an in tank dsb to control nitrates and some GFO (PO4 REMOVER) in the skimmer and you set to go.
     
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    yes about 70Lt maybe less, but now where do I get a 70W Mh??

    And wont the hang on skimmer take up space, where as I could build a small sump with a small DSB(depends on the minimum size a dsb should be)... I guess my question hee is which would be best??
     
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    I think a halide could work you can get a fitting at builders warehouse, and just modify it a bit, and get a marine globe from one of the pet shops, but IMO its gonna get really hot in there and your evaporation is gonna be really fast, you will have to have an auto top off and maybe even chiller.
    So I would say if you want low light coral like softies, zoas, and shrooms try put in a PL flourecent globe with ballast. If you want higher light coral go led.

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    What do you guys think of 2 short t5's/t8's, not sure what the shortes tubes are and if I put in one white and one Actinic blue will that be enough?
     
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    The problem is they don't make t5s that short when I set up a small tank I looked all over for them the only ones I could find were very weak ones from the hardware store.
    The t8s you may be able to find but they also not that strong, and if you gonna add a second t8 you will need another ballast so why not just get a PL ballast, these lights are much more powerful then t8s. My wife has 2 freshwater tanks one wit an 11watt PL and one with a 15watt t8, and the PL is much brighter.
     
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    Thats a good Idea and if I can maybe fit a PL balast and tube(not sure how they look like) and a T8 Actinic blue, will this work?
     
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    That looks like a Jebo R338.

    If that is the case, then its a 38l tank.
    So clowns and cromises are out........Sorry.
    Mabye look at something like a small box fish or a fairry wrasse or sometjing tiny.
    And you may get away with a zoa or mushroom or two if you play around with the lighting abit.

    For filtraion you can use the "standard" setup. Those tanks use a trickel system. So replace the sponges in the hood with some chemi-pure and maybe add a small bag of carbon, and weekly water changes and BOB is your uncle.

    I wouldnt mess around and spend too much on lighting in my opinion.
     
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    The PL ballasts aren't that big.
    You could do that or if you can't fit both you coul get a PL tube that actnic on one side and blue on the other.
     
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    I dont think so , its not labeled a Jebo, although this setup is pretty similar.So by the sound of it I gather that its not really gonna bve worth the time and effort to get this thing going, maybe as a tropical tank and have some neons and guppies in there??
     
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    But where do I get these tubes, cause I would like to play around with them a bit.
     
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