Hello! Questions from a beginner about a nano tank! :)

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  1. Matt

    Matt MASA Contributor

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    Hello again all! Many thanks for the warm welcome.

    I went through to Exotic Aquarium and spoke to steve (thanks palmerc) and went about looking at tank options etc etc...

    I was advised on the following setup:

    24G Nano Cube
    Comes with 5kg crushed coral and 3,5kg live rock.

    So far I know I want a pair of clowns, not sure what else is available for a small tank? I don't want to put too much pressure on the filtration system or overstock the tank.

    QUESTIONS:
    1.) Is crushed coral the preferred substrate?? Are there any other options?
    2.) Is 3.5kg live rock sufficient? Should I buy more when I pick up the tank or later on? (does it affect how long the tank will take to be ready to introduce invertebrates etc?)
    3.) What will I be able to keep in the nano? (fish and critter wise)
    - I definitely want 2 clowns (I also saw a black coloured clown, is this not suited for a nano tank?)

    Thanks all! Can't wait till I can start with some frags! (Do you first start with frags or can I buy whole corals?)
     
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    Bob the (reef)builder

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    Crushed coral is fine, there are other options, but its a well priced solution.

    I would go with a bit more live rock. make sure that it is well cured, and then test your water for a couple of weeks before adding any livestock to see that it is not producing Ammonia or Nitrites (ie cycling)

    Small fish, if you want clowns make sure its a pair(not always easy) or go with one.

    Frags are cheaper and more hardy usually. Also go with hardier corals to begin with while your tank settles and you learn your stuff.

    Stick with fish that will always stay small. Read up more on stocking your nano as a book could probably written on this topic.
     
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    Hi,

    Crushed coral, unless very fine like sand can trap detritus and lead to nitrate increases later on, personally i would go with a centimeter of fine sand.

    For a 24 gal nano, i think you should be looking for around 10kg of live rock (the rule of thumb i read was 1kg rock to 2gals, but sometimes that can get a bit crowded, it may be better to have slightly less but well spaced out rock, with space around and between the rock for flow) - the sooner you get your rock, the quicker you can cycle it and start to stock.
    In your nano, obviously small fish are on your menu - clowns would be a great choice, do you mean black and white clowns? if so they are not really different to the orange variety - only the clarkii or maroon clowns can be really agressive and get larger than the ocsellaris.

    As for frags or whole corals, that does depend what you have in mind.
     
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    Matt Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks for the advice! :) Is LR quite expensive??
    Also black and white clowns, would they fight with typical clowns?

    In a 24G nano could I have 2 regular and 2 b&w clowns?? If not I'll probably opt for 2 regular and something else.
     
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    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    This goes to show how nutty we are, we pay beteen R60 and R160 for pet rocks:lol::lol:
     
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    Haha cool, so not cheap but reasonable prices for LR... ;)

    Regarding the black and white clowns being housed with normal clowns in a 24G tank??
     
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    Not wise to mix different species of clowns in the same system, esp. a nano. They will fight.

    For a fish with character consider a bicolor blenny as an option.
     
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    yep, spot on, if you have 4 clowns, there will be no room for anything else, a pair of clowns ( a pal of mine has one black and white and one orange and white - that breed regularly) but two pairs would be too much, a pair of clowns, a couple of blenny/gobies - or even a goby and shrimp pair would be cool
     
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    So its possible for me to keep a black and white clown and an orange and white clown together as a pair?? :)
     
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    Yep, i've seen them as a pair before, and breed too.
     
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    If it's only a colour morph of same species yes, if different species no
     
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    Awesome! I'm sure Exotic will be able to supply me with that ;)
    Can't wait for tomorrow! So I can start this nano! :)
     
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    i seee zeeeee buuuug has bitten, the addiction is setting in lol. good luck and welcome dude
     
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