How Did You Discover Nano Reef Keeping?
Posted 08 October 2005 - 02:40 PM
Posted 08 October 2005 - 05:36 PM
I got started by reading for weeks here and decided on going with the NC but a 24 gallon since I thought it would hold a larger volume and be more stable. Purchased mine over Ebay after reading here, Paletta's book, Kurtz's book and fortunately, someone here picked me up as a lost wondering soul and became my guru. Credit goes to him..Trekbear and a single early helpful post by Slaeyer.
The hardest part about getting started was NOT getting started. That is, acquiring the information necessary prior to setup and having to stare at the big, colorful box containing an acquarium sitting on my living room floor with a reef picture on the side. After that, I think that learning to make 'interventions/decisions/ on your own with a tank science that seemed alien was very difficult. A bout with cyanobacteria was the greatest challenge. Most frustrating was seeing the photos of tanks by Tighaboy, Mikeguerrero, etc while I had a 'pile of rocks' in mine.
I"m sad to say that the main thing I would have done differently now is.....that...I would not have purchased a JBJ Nano Cube. My tank has a latent hairline crack which has me in limbo. The idea and design were brilliant, but, I think the engineering was lacking. In retrospect, I would have chosen an Oceanic 30G which probably stretches the true definition of a nano tank. It would have provided more room for livestock and more flexibility with design. However, the main 'flaw' that I was unaware of with the NC, that is, that it came with stock lighting, provided me with the best challenge.....to setup a tank under those conditions and also to provide help to others in setting up theirs. Am I really a reef tank owner now??? SH
Posted 08 October 2005 - 09:28 PM
We started talking and that was really it, he got me my first setup for my birthday a 2.5 Gall,Filter,LR,LS,the works and he pretty much set me up from there and I just loved the Hobby instantl Plus I like stuff like this.
Posted 09 October 2005 - 11:29 PM
IMO, the hardest part of beginning this hobby was getting a grip on my water parameters, and knowing the right equipment to buy.
Edited by BelowH2O, 09 October 2005 - 11:35 PM.
Posted 10 October 2005 - 06:52 AM
Decided to re-do the 10g several years ago and this time did it w/ sand, LR and better lights. Doing a nano & didn't even know it! Then earlier this year (March) the 10g started leaking at the bottom and we decided to replace it w/ a 24g NanoCube. The Cube is in our living room and after I got it set up I was doing a search for Nano Cube and came across Nanoreef.com. That's when I found out I had been nanoing for years!
Now we have a nice Cube and have learned a lot from all the good posts on NR. Plus we have a 2.5 MB that is looking good too.
The hard part about getting started was having patience!
Posted 10 October 2005 - 12:42 PM
Posted 11 October 2005 - 12:00 AM
5.5g reef: 96w Quad 50/50("rigged")| AC500 full modded fuge. (retired)
2.5g reef: Complete DIY 2.5g acrylic tank & hood (retired due to split seam ;_.
20g long prop tank. 10g sump, 175w MH.
Coming soon! 2.5g dubbed "Pulse".
Posted 18 October 2005 - 04:26 AM
Everyone (lfs) told me a 50 litre tank was too small to try marine fish, but I knew that I could do it, so I googled for a few hours, came across your site and thought "I wanna give this a go"
Your site gave me the knowledge and confidence to start out!
So I did.
Posted 18 October 2005 - 04:58 AM
The only thing I would change about my tank is the size. I like my tank, but I just have very little room for livestock. I'd feel wrong dumping a fish, even a small perching goby, into my tank.
^^New Coral 2010-03-27^^
I looked down her shirt. *shrug* I ain't gay or nothin', but it's boobs. It's what you do.
Posted 18 October 2005 - 05:00 AM
Posted 18 October 2005 - 05:59 AM
I am still new here havent actually bought a tank yet.. Doing reseach and getting more information..
Still wondering what size I want.. Probably will go less than 2 feet probably a small 7 gallon tank to test the waters.
Stumble into nano-reef will googling.. I really love this forum and I find that the information here is good, tested and proven.. Will be bugging the pros here alot..
Posted 18 October 2005 - 06:07 AM
Edited by forrestp38829, 18 October 2005 - 06:07 AM.
Posted 18 October 2005 - 06:19 AM
Posted 18 October 2005 - 07:02 AM
I find it ironic that he was the first to respond to this question as I am sure he has sparked quite a few SW people. I know I saw his famous post at a different forum and read the entire thing in April or May. I, like many others thought a small SW tank was impossible. However after alot of reading and bugging the crap out of him I started my own 6g NC which I bought when the competition started. It's kicking butt now I love it. Unfortunately it has caused FW deglect almost because everyday I see something new in the tank. I have 8-9 FW tanks ranging from 2g to 75g. I am actually starting a pico now. It has been very rewarding over the past 6 months. I have watched my tank bloom, and my wallet empty
Posted 18 October 2005 - 11:11 AM
I wanted to go from fresh to salt for years. One day I was talking to someone at Petco of all places and she said that 55gal was the minimum. I, of course, didnít believe her and began a ton of researching and setup my first tank shortly thereafter.
I think the advice I would give is know how much this is going to cost to do properly and spend the extra $$ up front to get good equipment. Good equipment will save you money in the long run and make the transition to the hobby far more enjoyable. A nice reef tank is going to inevitably be a shock to your wallet but HEY do you want an expensive new TV or a reef to look at? I choose cheap TV + new reef.
Posted 18 October 2005 - 11:20 AM
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Posted 23 October 2005 - 10:42 PM
AS for it being hard, not really you just got to research, research, think for a while,research, and then check your wallet. I wouldnt do anything differently if I could.
Edited by bogart, 23 October 2005 - 10:45 PM.
Posted 23 October 2005 - 10:46 PM
Posted 23 October 2005 - 10:48 PM
Posted 23 October 2005 - 10:55 PM
decided to search for some information and came across n-r.com and daveESPI, crakeur, tiny, seamountain, etc. they were always a handful but i learned a lot from them all. mainly, not to ask a question without searching...which, btw, seems to be a point well overlooked by current newbies.
as for the originator of nano-reefing, in general, i think i'll have to say that sloreefer started it...right, eric?
Posted 24 October 2005 - 12:09 PM
20 L frameless broken down and sold but a good build nonetheless.
Posted 26 October 2005 - 09:50 PM
Learned a bit about reefs and started cooking up ways I might be able to have one. Most people suggested getting one 40+ gallons, but I'm in college and having one that big isn't allowed, my LL said hell no. About 10 gallons was supposed to be my max, I got a 20 gallon but I figure after live rock and :cough: fish volume it might go down to about 10 gallons
I'm just starting off, and I just got my tank less then a week ago, but it's coming along and I have a lot to thank NR and all the great people here for it.
Only got one blurry pic of the little guy (remember 3 gallon tank)
Ahhh the memories
Edited by Pakrat, 26 October 2005 - 09:59 PM.