I've got a Dennerle Nano Marinus 60 sat empty ready and waiting and thought that if I started a thread, it might motivate me to finally finish the lounge DIY and start the set up
My current thinking is to go with a TMC V2 PowerBox 100 Nano External for Mechanical filtration (plus a few of the other pads like phosphate etc), about 7kg of live rock, Reef sand, TMC V2 Auto Top Up and either one of these protein skimmers: Hydor Slim Skim Nano / Tunze Nano DOC. I'm looking at sticking with the Nano Marinus ReefLight that comes with the kit, as I'm probably only looking at soft corals and Polyps to start with anyway.
In terms of stocking, I was thinking of maybe a pair of Neon Gobies, or something like Gobiodon okinawae instead. Then maybe one of the following pairings:
* A pair of tank bred Bengaii Cardinals. * My OH was looking at a pair of Percula clowns, but I have seen very conflicting advice on tank size for these. * I would have liked a Purple firefish but was worried about jumping and a royal Gramma, but again, very conflicting advice on tank size (from a min of 40L up to a min of 140L!)
And of course a blue or red legged hermit or 2, a few snails, maybe a boxer crab, Cleaner shrimp and a feather duster.
All comments gratefully received, pics will follow I am sure.
all sounds good.cannot recomend either skimmers as not used either,
i would use a phosphate remover like ROWA phos, from day one,
i would avoid Gobiodon okinawae, as these are suprisingly delicate and shy, not a good starter marine fish.
i have kept 2 clowns in a 40ltr,alot of experianced keepers advised this was okay, not sure i would again.. i would be okay with keeping them in a 60ltr,this seems to be the min bench mark, some may not agree,and pref 90ltrs as a min.
Bengaii Cardinals seem to be more fin than fish, so they would be okay i think in a 60ltr,
Cleaner shrimp, are awsome i nearly cried when mine called Jaques died, i actually shut the tank down after this. he used to sit on my hand when i was cleaning the tank or feeding my sun coral...
PS I STILL HAVE THAT MARINE FOOD NEXT TIME I AM DOWN YOUR WAY
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad! I dont keep fish i keep water the fish are only there for decoration
After spending hours hunting on the internet, I resorted to popping in to my LFS that specialises in Marines to look for a sump for my new cube.
I was so impressed - he got me to sketch out what I was thinking of, then, after some thought took me out the back and showed me a couple they had in and explained to me what he thought was the best option to make sure there were no dead spots. All this for just ?45! After my look on line, this looks to be a bargain.
If anyone around Bristol is ever looking for anything similar, I'm happy to pass on their details
New Question: Now, next bit of research is return pumps. As the total volume will be around 70 to 80 litres with live rock, I'm going to be looking for something rated to 800 lph. My concern is that most pumps seem to give the height and the litres, but not how many litres you will actually get if you have it going to almost the maximum head.
I know the pump I use for water changes has much less flow when the pipe is extended all the way in to my tank.
Basically, I'm after recommendations for a quiet pump that should be able to get the flow I need. I was thinking of the Eheim Compact 1000 or Hydor Universal L30. I'm wondering if these will be too much flow though...
Edit: Just used an advanced volume calculator which takes into account liverock etc and my total volume after everything else will be about 65l.
The remaining 7 Cardinals all seem to be doing well so far. Touch wood and all the other superstitious things I can think of. I'm hoping the constant dose of meds may have killed anything free swimming in the tank and maybe they may escape
Still, I'll be leaving it a fair few months before I think of adding anything else to that tank - probably next year.