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My nano marine

Postby Highfly » Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:40 pm

Just to contribute to your great site,

I had a spare 40lt jebo cheap as chips tank in the shed,
Fits perfectly on the kitchen bench under the phone.
Got lots of advice told, no way marine.

Well being the stubborn @#% I am, I did it anyway.
Tank comes std with average trickle system filtration.
I removed the filter from a tiny internal filter and use just the power head to increase flow.
Thoughts being that the with extra flow from the power head would aid the porous live rock in the tank to do most of the filtering for me.
Used salt water from ocean to establish, added some marinara mix to start cycle.
After about (cant remember exactly )7-10 days tank spiked and cycled.
Added live rock after readings became stable. Tested til day 14 readings stable.
About day 14 added two clown percs.
Checked readings regularly about day 30 added Bubble Tip Anemone.
Checked readings regularly for about a month or two
Well its getting close to a year now, Percs have much more than doubled in size.
BTA has grown 3 - 4 times bigger
Tank appears to be doing ok.

Now houses 2 percs, 1 bta, 2x hermit crabs, clean up crew, and some mushroom corals
Absolutely love it, I haven't tested the water in maybe 3 - 4 months.
Should anything fail in 80% of situations the cure is usually water change so,
I do weekly water changes roughly 10-15% almost religiously.

Little marine nano on the cheap, I am pretty slack and love low maintenance.
If I can do it anyone can
Cost was negligible, apart from the percs my biggest expense was on a clip on marine led light set up for the anemone.
$60 delivered off ebay from china
Cost for similar light set up, lfs $275.00

No sump, no skimmer, nothing.
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Re: My nano marine

Postby Kleggy » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:37 pm

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Re: My nano marine

Postby Highfly » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:30 pm

I recently updated computer progress pics on hard drive, will get later,

These are the initial set up pics I had on photo bucket

Will take pic of how it looks now as well

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Re: My nano marine

Postby Neo » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:34 pm

Great post Highfly. Nice to see you also into marine tanks apart from your shrimps :D

Do you purchase your saltwater or do you pre-mix it? And how do you maintain it in SA when the temperature gets very high?
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Re: My nano marine

Postby Highfly » Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:09 pm

I have a small boat and love my fishing.

So the initial water in the tank I got from the ocean, long way out clean water, but all my water changes are done with the salt you buy and mix yourself at home.
Because I don't keep any demanding corals I just buy the cheapest salt at the LFS

This is a pic of my anemone about 4 months after set up.

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You can see the size difference,

I only use tap water too, I don't have an ro setup.
All my freshwater tanks are straight tap water too.

Theres not much I can do about temp, tank sits around 30 C in the summer but doesn't seemed to hurt the inhabitants as you can see from the pic.
Their not just surviving they have all grown considerably.
Its on a kitchen bench so the setting up of chillers and sumps is not really practical. I wanted to see how it would go and I love it.

Despite what most people think most aquarists can really tell if their fish are happy. My inhabitants seem happy.
They love it and show excitement when they see me approach with food for them.

You can see from the original photo most of the rock is just base rock, I only purchased 1 substantial live rock and two fragments.
Most of the base rock now has fan worms and all sorts of inhabitants now too

I shouldn't really mention this on a shrimp forum but my stable food for the anemone is regular feeds of RCS ;)

neo I scored 10 more crs shrimp yesterday too, only a grades but I could tell from the markings they where the duds from better graded parents.
So I now have 15 combined with the ones I bought on the weekend. Its bringing me a lot pleasure seeing crs in my tank again.
Most of the ones I bought yesterday went straight for the food. They where still feeding on the wafers when I checked on them this morning. VERY HAPPY
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Re: My nano marine

Postby t3v0r0 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:58 pm

Mate that is simply stunning!
I've never kept marine species before because I have this preconceived idea that theyre high maintenance and relatively high costs to maintain.

You have just proved me wrong with this thread.
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Re: My nano marine

Postby bigbird » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:11 pm

wow that looks great. Hats of to you and ell done. Shows you that one does not need a huge budget. well done

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Re: My nano marine

Postby Neo » Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:56 pm

hmm everytime I look at a coral tank I want to set one up... darn nemo always get me interested.

I used to think saltwater was difficult to keep too, you have also proven me wrong. How long did you let the tank cycle with the initial saltwater and all before you started putting in the fish?
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Re: My nano marine

Postby Highfly » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:21 pm

Some advise to allow the live rock to spike your tank, I didn't want the critters on the live rock to die so I started the cycle with some seafood marinara. Which I removed after a day or two. The tank was cycled after about a week. I added the live rock at this point. Parameters where stable and appropriate enough for fish at approx. 14 days.

Parameters stayed stable so about day 30 added the anemone.

As mentioned I have since added some mushroom corals and a pair of hermit crabs.

To my dismay one of the hermit crabs was devoured during his last molt :cry:


My brother in law set up a similar nano tank at the same time, I was helping him, we did everything almost identically, his tank took almost twice as long to cycle. His filtration was different and he had considerably less base rock and live rock.
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