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The Marine with No Name!! Nano Reef-ish
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Evenin' all!

It's very quiet in this section so let's see if we can blow those cobwebs away and get a marine going Smile

Hopefully it will encourage a few more to dip their toes in the salty sea and "Go Marine" (it's not as hard as you think Wink )

As some of you may have seen on another thread a few weeks ago RallyMatt and I took a trip to our local marine specialist (Real Reefs, fantastic little lfs you should visit if in this neck of the woods) in search of some white sand for Bora Beach. It's been a couple of years since I shut down my 200L marine tank (it went from 15L to 60L to 160L to 200L) but upon opening the door the lovely seaside salty smell brought all the memories back and within 3 minutes I'd gone from saying "we're not doing another marine" to "Oh why not it'll be fun" rofl (No comments please about supervision needed, I'm looking at you Gingerlove rofl )

So here we are a couple of weeks later at the start of a Nano marine blog Big Grin

We are using the 24L that used to be Bora Beach before it grew into 60L. So far all that's been bought is a new light. It's a shallow tank so only needed to be a cheap one from Amazon. Plus some coral sand substrate.

Here it is before getting it wet.

   

I rinsed out the sand a fair bit but there's always going to be some cloudiness. I was able to jug in 18L of RO.

   

There is an Interpet Nano heater in there that's always set to 25 and a little 250lph powerhead (I may add to this once the rock is in if it's looking a bit weedy, good high flow is important in a marine)

It always takes a little bit of experimentation getting the salinity right when you first setup as the instructions on the salt don't always give you the required salinity. As I will be having corals I am aiming for 35ppt. the packet said 37-40g per litre to get 35ppt so I started with 37p/l. Even cloudier once that had gone in.

   

Tested this morning with my refractometer and it was at about 32-33ppt so I added another 3g/l before work. Testing this evening showed it at 36ppt "D'OH" so I've squeezed in another litre of plain RO and voila we are at 35ppt Smile some maffs later I know how much salt for each litre when doing changes (will go through all that at the time) It's all looking nice and clear now too Smile

   

Tomorrow will be Live Rock Day. I'll get around 2kg sticking to the roughly 1kg per ten litre rule. Then it'll be testing for a few days then livestock woohoo!

I'll only be having a few inverts (shrimp, snails and crabs) as it's not big enough for fishies but marine inverts are awesome Big Grin and there will be all the weird and wonderful and scary things that creep out of the live rock to get you in your sleep mwahahahaha!!!

There will probably be stock going in here before I've even finished the cycle on The Barbarium rofl

More tomorrow...…….
500L Sooperhooge Goldfish tank Smile
12L The Startank Aquaprise - Decommissioned Sad
200L The Barbarium….Green Tiger Barbs and Nerite snails
20L Nano Marine.....stocking in progress!
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I always wanted to have a go but I've heard so many horror stories....good luck, can't wait to see it develop. Cool
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It is more expensive than your average freshie but with research and care (just like with fresh) it's not too hard at all. It's just......different Big Grin

Don't forget how many horror stories there are about freshwater tanks too so don't let that put you off!!
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Good luck with your venture, I shall be keeping an eye (and open mind!)  A small marine reef is something we have often discussed in our household - we do have a spare 30 ltr but I have to admit to being very anxious of going down this route with regards to possible costs and problems. I shall be genuinely interested.
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I think cost is the biggest worry for most. I'll work out a list of costs so far and post as they crop up. It may help people get an idea of money involved. For a nano you don't need any more than a fresh equipment wise. As I said above all I've bought is a light and substrate. We already had the tank, heater and powerhead.

Yes I think a spend list may help. It won't help when I look back on it though haha!
500L Sooperhooge Goldfish tank Smile
12L The Startank Aquaprise - Decommissioned Sad
200L The Barbarium….Green Tiger Barbs and Nerite snails
20L Nano Marine.....stocking in progress!
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Whoop woo Wink looking forward to seeing this progress.
Our LFS has some marine stocks, clown fish and the like but I was so impressed with the shrimps, the colours are amazing, well all marine creatures are just incredible to look at, love them all.
What crabby were you thinking of ?
Bikini Bottom - 168l - community
The Kremlin - 58l - Shrimp and Cory 
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May go for an Emerald Crab. We've had a couple before although they disappeared into the live rock to only be seen once every 6 months (the little blighters) in a nano they may stay more visible. They are so cute picking bits off the rock with their little claws.

We've had hermits before too. Not sure if I'll get another. Will see how it goes. Definitely going to be a Sexy or 2 in there Big Grin
500L Sooperhooge Goldfish tank Smile
12L The Startank Aquaprise - Decommissioned Sad
200L The Barbarium….Green Tiger Barbs and Nerite snails
20L Nano Marine.....stocking in progress!
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Looking forward to seeing it develop but don't tempt me! Big Grin
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I won't push anyone to get a marine, I'll just put up loads of pics of awesome marine-y stuff Big Grin
500L Sooperhooge Goldfish tank Smile
12L The Startank Aquaprise - Decommissioned Sad
200L The Barbarium….Green Tiger Barbs and Nerite snails
20L Nano Marine.....stocking in progress!
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Well my work here is (mostly) done! rofl
I’ll be watching with interest and you’ve already thrown up something that requires calculation so i’m already onto units and how it works out Big Grin
We’ve seen some wicked looking crabs and marine fish at our lfs, but my personal marine species favourite is the mandarin dragonet Smile
 😇 Heaven doesn’t want me...
And Hell is afraid I’ll take over! 😈
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