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    New Pico Tank

    Hello Talkingreefers. I am putting this in "new to satlwater" although that is a partial lie. My b/f (boyesreef) hs had a tank for over a year. I am however new to tank ownership. Under the watchful eye of mr. reef I am starting a 3 gal pico reef. The tank is already set up and running with water from his 50 gal which is just finishing it's diatom cycle.

    My little tank is equpted with
    • Rapids Power FilterPF-8, filtering 80gph
    • Compact Fluorescent Perch- Light Fixture 18W
    • Dual Reef Compact Fluorescent Lamps- 50/50 14,000K Actinic &7,400K daylight


    We are going to the lfs to stock my little tank. However I am not sure what to put in it. Everywhere I look suggests minimum 30 gal to host any fish .I know there are Nano reefs and other small reefs.
    As of right now our shopping list includes
    • 2lbs cured lr
    • Hermit crab
    • snails
    • Coral of my choosing
    • 1 Fish of my choosing


    I am looking for ideas of what can live happily in the tank with low light and low flow. Any input is apperciated.

    Thank you in advance
    I wish I were a little swishy fish.....

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    Awsome another tank thread. It looks like you are doing real well I would love to see pics of your tank if you dont mind. I think I know of a few fishes that could go in your tank.

    Heres a link or two lol
    Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Firefish

    Saltwater Aquarium Corals for Marine Reef Aquariums: Neon Blue Goby - Tank-Bred
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    Hi Emily and to TR.

    First, I would not put any critter in your tank until your cycle is over. It does not matter if you are using water from an established tank, your tank has to build up the bacteria (which lives in the rock and sand) to process waste products.

    Once your cycle is complete I think a hermit, snails that stay small and a coral like mushrooms or zoanthids would be fine. I would not put a fish in there, I don't think the tank is big enough for it.
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    Thanks carmie Also Emily I love your signiture its funny.

    Quote Originally Posted by Emily's Pico Reef
    I wish I were a little swishy fish.....
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    That is what I was told we are going to put all live stock in b/f's 50 gal until mine is ready. The booklet that came with the tank said

    Percula or Ocellaris Clowns
    Scooter blennie
    Banggai or Pajama Cardinalfish
    Clown or Neon Golby.

    I may look for very young fish that as they grow can move to the bigger tanks that we have.
    I wish I were a little swishy fish.....

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    If you look on the websites of places that sell fish like Saltwater Fish: Marine Aquarium Fish for Saltwater Aquariums you will see that the minimum tank recommendation for any of the fish your booklet names is 10 gallons. The problem is that with only 3 gallons of water you will have trouble maintaining any stability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarmieJo View Post
    If you look on the websites of places that sell fish like Saltwater Fish: Marine Aquarium Fish for Saltwater Aquariums you will see that the minimum tank recommendation for any of the fish your booklet names is 10 gallons. The problem is that with only 3 gallons of water you will have trouble maintaining any stability.
    Unfortunitally that is what I feared. I was hoping that with the proper guidance and help from the household's other reefer we would be able to handle it if we started with a very small and strong fish.

    Thanks Raymond not all of us want to sprout wings and fly some of use want to swim the open waters
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    heres the pic!
    more to come
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    tis not the best pic, ill even admit that but if you go here,
    Welcome to Tom Aquarium and Pet Products, Inc.
    and pick the deco 3, you can get a better view, and some of the specs.
    we are all on the long road to our dream tanks, im going slow and enjoying the journey!

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    That is a cute little tank! Soft corals that would move in the current and hermits to climb around could be very entertaining.
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    That is what Iam finding more and more "just put in some soft corals and a few crabs". Was hopeing for a small fish to help in a few months when baby is big enough to roll over. Was not going to waste $40-$60 on a fake tank for her crib if I can have the real thing for 40 bucks more
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    Angry pics

    Trying to upload some pics of the tank from today having troubles with the size of them working on that now.
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    If you go to Image hosting, free photo sharing & video sharing at Photobucket its free to sighn up and you can resize and copy and paist the URL to one of the post I use it for all of my pics hope this helps. Also the tank looks great thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by CarmieJo
    That is a cute little tank! Soft corals that would move in the current and hermits to climb around could be very entertaining.
    I agree that would be entertaining. Thanks
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    OK still can't get them to upload either too big or invalid web address but hopefully this link will work
    EmilysPicotank/Fish tank - Page 1 - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
    that is where I have uplaoded about 8 pics and will contuinue to upload as this porject proresses.
    Please enjoy the pics.
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    Having problems like that is weird.

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    I agree nice pics cant wait to see it finished. also the LR looks nice Thanks for the pics.
    Raymond

    PS Emily have you tried to post the direct link or the HTML code from the pic to the post or is it steal having problems with that. Thanks
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    I tried it all figured a hyperlink was the best way to go. We chose a Green Clown Goby for the tank if he decides he is unhappy he has a home in Nick's 50 gal. When we get everything else (the livestock) in I will take a few more pics and up load them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emily's Pico Reef
    When we get everything else (the livestock) in I will take a few more pics and up load them.
    Awsome cant wait. Thanks
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    If you grab the IMG code (it auto copies for you) and paste it here, it should work....


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