My 40lt Nano

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  1. hansiemyburgh

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    Hi reefers, I am new to the Saltwater side of the aquariums. I had some tropical fish for couple of years. Then my baby girl of 2 yr's old wanted some Nemo's so yes, this is where I am now....

    Tank 40lt
    Live Rock 5.3kg
    Filter AquaClear 70 with Surface Skimmer attachment
    Filter media Sera Siporax
    Activated Carbon
    Internal Hailea Filter for flow 380lt/ph
    50W Heater

    Live Stock
    2 x Ocellaris Clownfish
    1 x Yellow Wrasse
    1 x Fairy Wrasse
    3 x Blue Leg Hermit Crabs
    1 x Tiger Snapping Shrimp
    1 x Dancing Shrimp
    5 x Turbo Snails
    1 x Sand Shifting Star Fish
     
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    Welcome how long u running yr tank an good luck
     
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    Hello and welcome hansiemyburgh

    You are a bit overstocked on that tank, you do know that?

    Both the wrasses will outgrow the tank quickly. Tank should be OK for the 2 clowns.
     
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    Thanks Riaan,

    yip busy planning a custom build. Will be a larger cube but with all the the proper marine equipment & sump. Should be done by mid year or near the end of the year.

    Will be a 60x60x60 DT.
     
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    Cool
    Just keep an eye on your snails as well. You got too many for your size tank. And the sand sifting sea star. If you get a friend who can look after them in the meantime, that would be great.

    Not too sure on the hermits numbers either. Depending on size, but they will at least eat up all uneaten food.
     
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    What if I trade the Sand Shifting Star for a smaller one?

    Get rid of one of the hermit's?

    Get rid of 3 snails?
     
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    Unfortunately those sand sifting starfish need huge tanks with very productive sandbeds in order to sustain them, any sized one in your tank will slowly starve and die. :(

    Tank is looking good otherwise. :thumbup: What make is it?
     
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    Okay I don't want that to happen. What about a oranje/red star then a small one?

    Thank is a Hailea
     
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    The snails are herbivores. You do not have enough algae growth in your tank to sustain 5 turbo snails. Maybe 2. See if you can swap the other 3 for zoa frags or mushrooms. Same for the sea star.

    Hermits, depending on size, difficult to judge that from just the picture. But you can also swap some. But if all of them are still relatively small, I would keep them. But be sure there are a slighty bigger empty shell or 2 lying around so that they can upgrae. Else they could take out your snails, to use the snail shell as new home.
     
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    Keep an eye on that dancing shrimp when you start adding more softies. I didn't have a good experience with them.
     
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    Riaan, thanks for the info.

    Will take out 3 snails and swap for Zoa Frags or Mushroom. Snails are still small they are about 1cm from front to back.

    So could I swap the Sand shifting star for orange/red star? But will try get a very small one.

    Hermits are medium in size. I have shells but they are a bit big for them tried all the stores in the East and nobody has shells.
     
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    Will do thanks he is very peaceful at this stage.:thumbup:
     
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    So could I swap the Sand shifting star for orange/red star? But will try get a very small one....

    Answer is : NO do not get a starfish at this stage until you have upgraded. There is simply not enough food in your sand for them all (snails ect) Your tank is also very new so the absence of certain food sources would be a great risk for the seastar. I would much rather swop him for something else. They will slowly starve to death. I would also suggest that perhaps you take out the "fake plants" to be able to give the other tank inhibatants a little more space Looking at your sandbed i still see a little of an algae bloom (still in cycling process perhaps?). Zoas is nice and colourfull and will be looking much better and natural than the plastic plants. In marine tanks we have a whole little eco system going, which means that very seldom people will make use of artificial plants. I am speaking from my personal experience. But good luck with your new venture. You wont ever go back to keeping freshwater...!
     
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    Thanks Zandy.
     
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    Update,

    fake plant removed
    2 x Turbo snails removed
    1 x Hermit removed
     
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    And the starfish ???
     
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    Sand Shifting Star...... Still in the tank, thinking what to do with it. As to the others they are back to Exotic Aquarium....
     
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    Advertise on MASA and swop him for some zoas !
     
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