I have been doing freshwater for a while, but I had a strong desire to get into nano-reefing simply because of the livestock (coral + fish).
I had this Fluval Chi with some grass in it that never really came out the way i wanted it to I moved it all into a 10g tank and then outfitted the Chi to be reef. One of the biggest things that scared me while doing 1+ month of research on this forum was the salinity swings leading to tank crashes. Coral is expensive, I am trying to keep this as parameter steady as possible.
I set the tank up over a week ago, got saltwater and live rock from the LFS to start. I expected it to take several weeks before ammonia levels bottomed out but alas it happened in days which was very surprising. I talked to the guys at the LFS and they said go ahead and try out some hardy soft corals. So I picked up a clownfish, a goby and some frogspawn. Added on Day 7.
Before you guys go nuts on me about having a goby in such a small tank, I must tell you the goby wasn't my idea at first. The LFS guys talked me into it. As I did more research last night I realized that Gobies need a large sandbed to get adequate nutrition, everyone does them in a 60gallon+. Well they refuse to take him back and until I find him a home, I've noticed that he's been able to eat the extra roe that the clown doesn't eat as it hits the sand. So freakishly, this may actually work out. I've been told that I can just use tongs to bury some roe or krill under the sand as well and he won't starve.
Do you guys think I should attempt to keep going with this method or is the goby going to get stressed out? I am capping my fish stock at these two since it is only 5 gallon. I intend to get a cleaner shrimp at some point but that is it for inverts. All of the research I have read says that diamond goby's need 55g simply so that they don't starve to death. I am not sure about the stress situation.
As much input as possible would be very much appreciated. I try to do things like this the right way as much as possible. I am very science oriented and try to wrap my head around whatever the tank communities suggest.
Circulation: Hydor Korralia 240gph
AquastyleOnline 16 LED dimmable, 2 channel (7 blue, 7 10K white, 2 pink)
Filtration: Live rock only
Edited by bruinhd, 21 February 2012 - 08:58 PM.