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Old 03/20/2017, 08:56 AM   #1
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Getting back into reefs after a long time. Need advice please

Good Morning Everyone!

It's been a long time since I have had a reef tank, or any fish tank in general besides a koi pond! Right now I am currently looking very seriously into getting back into a reef tank in the next week or two. Currently to date I have not had a reef tank for 6 years!

The planned tank:
Right now I am planning on utilizing my Ecoxotic Pico Tank (5 gallon rimless cube) which will be situated on my desk. I've had this tank for almost 5 years now planning to do a tank, but it has never seen water.

Live Rock:
Planning on using 1 - 1.5 lbs per gallon TOTAL: 5 lbs to 7 lbs (depending on room)

Mainly LPS corrals and possibly a few SPS depending on the lighting situation (see below)

1 Firefish OR 1 Ocellaris OR 1 Orange Spotted Goby

However, after being out of the reef tank game for so long, it seems much has changed, or I am that out of it and starting fresh again.

Lighting Question:
Currently I have the Ecoxotic Ecopico Arm with 3 LED strips in it. Below is an image i found online of what it exactly looks like right now:

It currently has the following breakdown:
6 - 12,000K LEDs
3 - 453nm LEDs
Total - 9 LEDs (~9 Watts total)

Is this enough lighting for the planned tank? Or should I spend the money on a new light system since this is discontinued?

As I am new to LEDs I am currently worrying about burning the corals or providing too little light.

Sand Question
In addition to the live rock I plan on doing either Hawaiian Black Sand or Fiji Pink Sand. With this small of a tank, should I just omit the sand?

Protein Skimmer
Since this is a tiny tank, would 1-2 gallon water changes suffice a week or would it still be beneficial for a small skimmer?

Mechanical Filter or Standalone Power Head
I am currently exploring the ideas of a mechanical filter. All of my previous tanks utilized an overflow with a refugium. However, since this is so tiny, a refugium will be pointless.

Would a mechanical filter still be needed or would the live rock be enough natural filtration? If no additional mechanical filtration is needed, what size power head would be needed for current?

Thank you in advance! I am still currently refreshing my memory on reef tanks, but I have been so long out of it I am finding it a little mind boggling.

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Old 03/20/2017, 07:17 PM   #2
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Sand will look nicer IMO, that's why I always use it.

I'd use a HOB filter for water movement. Even a nano powerhead or MP10 looks big on a 5 gal. I suggest the marinland biowheel filter, not the smallest one up. It has a bigger box and you can run two filters, or a filter and bag or purigen, or two bags of media. It gives you that much more flexibility.

Yes you should do water change instead of skimming. It's simple and quick on a small tank.

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Old 03/21/2017, 09:08 PM   #3
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Getting back into reefs after a long time. Need advice please

If you want a nice small light that would fit well on that tank check out the wave point blade. Not sure how it work on sps but I would think on a tank that small it should be ok. I have mine on a 2.5g pico. Or a kessil A80 but it I'm not sure how well the arm would fit.

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10g IM fusion. Zoa and SPS dominant, Apex monitored, Ai Prime, MP10, sicce return.
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Old 03/21/2017, 10:22 PM   #4
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I'm new to reef central and to the reef hobby, I have had freshwater for about 40yrs and resently bought a10gal nano reef tank. I just bought a IM Fusion 20 and plan to move everything from the 10gal into the 20. I am buying more live rock from a reefer who has it in a established tank now. I want to know the best way to move everything over into the new 20 from the 10.

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