I found a good deal on a used 10g custom tank from my local aquarium club and decided to get it. Then I saw this contest and thought itíd be fun to join in. I just have a couple of problems: 1) Iím a newb so the learning curve may be a bit steeper for me and 2) $$$. I spent enough getting my seahorses so I donít have much to spend on this tank.
So I decided that Iím setting a budget of $500 for this tank (that's my spending limit for hte duration of the contest). I already have some basic suplies but I decided that I'm going to treat this as if I'm starting from scratch. Everything I use for this tank is going to be included in the budget. So follow along and see if a newbie can create a nice looking nano without spending a fortune.
This tank has a disply area of 15Ē long, 10Ē wide, and 12Ē tall. It has a false back with an additional 3Ē behind the display area. This tank was purchased used and I believe it may be a custom tank.
Lighting is Solar Lighting PC system. It has two 27 watt 10k daylight bulbs right now but Iím planning on replacing the bulbs. I got this used and the last owner hadnít replaced the bulb in quite a while.
Substrate is oolithic sand, 2-3Ē deep. Most was dry sand (Marine Life brand) and a cup of live to seed it.
My filtration is just the live rock and macros in the Ďbuilt iní fuge behind the false back.
Water is pumped through the system using a Rio 50 (69 gph). I donít plan to use a skimmer.
Additional water flow
I may add another small powerhead to increase flow in the future. Iím not sure exactly what this may be yet.
AGA 50 watt heater
Instant Ocean mix with RO water.
Iím not sure on this yet. I have several zoa and paly frags destined for this tank. Since this tank just has PC lights itíll likely be mostly softies. Iím planning to mostly start with small frags that I get through trading with other reefers. Iíll likely add a small barnacle blenny and maybe a clown goby or some other small goby.