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Old 02-12-2007, 02:35 AM
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Does anybody here have one? We've just started a 14g Nano tank. I started with the live rock and have just added a couple of corals and a brittle starfish and a crab. I really like it so far.



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I don't have one but I do like them. I know if I was to start a marine tank I'd go bigger just for fluctuation stability..I'd be totally new to it.
I do have two fresh water tanks and I love those, I'm experimenting with breeing apisotramma cacatuoides....they're such a cute fish.
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I was going to go bigger Meghan but cost was a factor and also I was a little intimidated. This is my first saltwater....it's my first "any" water tank. My bf has a freshwater tank with some mollies (a couple have now had babies (fry)) and a beta and even a little puffer. He was looking into (and still is) starting a 250 g tank. We were researching saltwater and freshwater and we kept seeing these Nano tanks. They are a perfect little setup.

It's true though, what you say about fluctuation stability with a larger tank. I've read and read and read that the smaller the tank, the bigger the risk. If something goes wrong in a small tank like mine, it goes wrong really fast and can be catastrophic.
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I just have a regular 29 gallon tank. I'd love to see pics of yours!
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Hi WEll i currently have a 75 gallon tank and it has a couple of fish in it ! Dixie, my chi loves to bark at them !

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I have one too It can be hard to start one up ... 14 gallons is really small for a reef tank though, it's going to be much for difficult to keep it stable and you'll have to be on top of the water chemistry (check it daily ) ... typically beginners should go for the biggest size they can for that reason ... but they are pretty pricey I think the lighting will be the biggest challenge, as it can be hard to find high powered lights that are short enough to fit 14 g. If you're planning on keeping coral you will need a light intensity of at least 4 watts per gallon, otherwise your coral will die. You may have to go with hallide, which is unfortunately ... the most expensive lighting (but also the best)

Also with 14 gallons you shouldn't keep more than one fish. The rule is typically 1 inch of fish per 10 gallons of water. You could probably get away with 2 percula clown fish though (always buy clown fish in pairs) if you're really diligent with the water changes. Give it plenty of time to cycle before you add any fish and coral ... at least a month.

Oh yeah wanted to add, if you have any questions feel free to ask any time!! Good luck with it.
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Old 02-12-2007, 09:38 PM
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ahh fish tanks...something i love, im right now tending to a few in our house, a 29 gal freshwater tropical planted community take takes center stage in the dining room, 2 planted 5 gal betta tanks in my sisters room, a 10 gal brackish in my parents room (they love puffers lol) and a 10 gallon fresh with 2 german blue rams, (im hoping they will breed they are gorgeous and displaying behaviours) and a 5 gallon nano thats been set up and running for 3years now, its doing great, i wish i could photo it but my camereas not built for it lol. its very soothing!

im thinking once my apts done id like to do a 55 gal dwarf cichlid tank, or if i could find the money id love to do a 55gal or larger salty tank.
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Also with 14 gallons you shouldn't keep more than one fish. The rule is typically 1 inch of fish per 10 gallons of water. You could probably get away with 2 percula clown fish though (always buy clown fish in pairs) if you're really diligent with the water changes. Give it plenty of time to cycle before you add any fish and coral ... at least a month.

Oh yeah wanted to add, if you have any questions feel free to ask any time!! Good luck with it.
Thanks Krista. That's what I'd planned was 2 perculas. Right now I have a couple of the clean up crew - a little crab and a brittle starfish (did I already say that?) and I think I'll probably add a couple more little hermit crabs.

What do you have in yours (corals & fish)? How long have you had it? Do you have any pics?
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