New 65lt Nano

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  1. Buzzer

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    Hey Guys, just got started with my first marine tank kind of by default.

    Popped into the LFS to look at some fresh water fish tanks for my son and got completely lost staring at the marine tanks they have. I thought to myself.... if I buy Levi (my son) a fish tank I will inevitably end up taking care of it, so why not get something that will interest me too. I have had a deep love for the ocean ,and all sub aquatic life for that matter, all my life. I am an avid fresh water fly fisherman and love getting stuck into discussions on entomology and how to mimic aquatic insect live. So I ended up spending countless hours researching and reading up on marine aquariums and just got sucked in. So I took the plunge.

    I have a small 65lt tank
    Boyu FP 38E submersible filter
    Canopy modified with 4 x T5's (still waiting to receive it)
    Life Tech Agua heater
    10kg Red Sea aragonite
    +- 5 kg's of live rock

    I know its very basic but as space is an issue this was the best option.

    Will post some pics as soon as I figure out how.
     
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  3. Buzzer

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    Hey there and welcome :thumbup:

    So this is an unsual setup. Simple but I guess it might work :confused1:

    I assume there is no sump and you will be using the internal filter which we see in the photos? This could be a challenge sir :whistling:
     
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    Thanks Shaun.

    I see so many threads on people spending huge amounts of money on systems and then lose interest 1 year later. Im a slow moving kind of guy. I got this setup to get me started and not break the bank. If the bug is still there after a year I will upgrade to a larger system with sump. As I said space is an issue at the moment. Yes I realise that this is going to be a challenge, but I guess if I can make this system work it will be a great experience for me in setting up an the next one.

    Guess there is only one way to find out.
     
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    good luck bud..you will need to do weekly water changes. keep the bio load as low as possible.. stock slowly. all the best
     
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    I started with a 20 liter nano, also a very basic system. I used a only matrix and purigen as filter media with the addition of the white filter floss. I cleaned out the filter floss weekly, did 10% bi weekly and all was perfect.

    In hindsight, maybe i could have added seagel in my filter as well. Over a year later and i am now on 230L. If you enjoy the hobby, it will take you on an amazing journey, if not, we will see you in the for sale section next year.

    I do however see the later not being the case as you sound like you could enjoy this so much that next year, it will be bigger. Just the morning a had a fowl look from the wife when i hinted at going over to 1000L
     
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    I would agree with others on here to introduce livestock really really really slowly. Also you would ideally like to get a skimmer in there as well :thumbup:
     
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    Hey guys thanks for the input. I am planning on stocking very slowly. Tank has only been cycling for about a week now. Got some tube worm and spaghetti worm popping out of the LR. Planning on putting a hob skimmer in before stocking.
     
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    I have a fluval ps1 skimmer in the for sale section
     
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    how is it goin with the tank
     
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    Tank is looking good. Two turbo snails, blue legged hermit and some zoo's in the tank at the moment. All looking good. Water parameters nice and stable. Will post some updated pics as soon as I can.
     
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    thats great bud..keep us all posted
     
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