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/Is this nano reef system a recipe for frustration?

The system in question is 24 gallons Aquapod # 7051 as found here: http://www.globeaqua.com/aquapod_nano_aquarium.html I have 10 years exp in freshwater, but this would be my first venture into saltwater tanks. I have read (re-read and understand) all the information found on this site: http://www.nano-reef.com/ Articles / The information found is the sum of all I know about salt water reef aquarium. I will use about 36 pounds grown Fiji Live Rock (Scleractinia pcs.) De http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_Display.cfm? pcata = 2565 I was going to use 40 pounds of sand live from South Pacific http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_Display.cfm?pCatId=403 Judging by what I read that fish / inverts in going right after rock/sand– Truth? Now I know my level of knowledge, and exactly the system I'm looking, I ask you: Assuming that I am diligent in mixtures of water / maintnance, the use of this system be rewarding or a disaster, and why?

It seems you've already been doing research, so good for you! This will make things much easier for you in the long run. I've never used a Aquapod, but it seems to come with all the equipment you should need for a small reef tank. You seem to be aware of the potential problem of nutrients in a tank of this size, but also keep an eye on the temperature of water – which change more rapidly, there is less volume in a tank. A 24 is feasible – I made reef tanks 10 and 2.5 liters, but the smallest you go, the room has fewer errors. The 36 pounds of live rock will provide plenty of biological filtration – the usual recommendation is 1 kg of rock Pacific Source per gallon of tank volume, so this should adequately remove ammonia and nitrites before they become a problem. Want to see the chemistry of water after adding the live rock – If you are ordering this line of Drs. Foster & Smith, you may get some die-off after the expedition. Wait until you see the ammonia and nitrite levels down before attempting to add fish. Invest are the most sensitive, so add these last. By 24 gallon, you will not be able to keep too many fish – because of the small size, and general territoriality of most marine fish, consider the degree of concentration 1/2-1/3 around that you get in freshwater. Stick to the few small, peaceful fish, and those who are not like others in your tank (unless on purpose get a pair, or one of the few schooling species). Add the fish in order of most to least peaceful. I think such a system could be very rewarding, but much depends on the selection of agencies and the commitment of mintenance. I also encourage you to look into the use of RO water to mix salt water and the use of a pad of phosphate absorption from the outset to avoid algae problems before they start. And be careful how to place the rock – if the battery against the sides, can sorry if you have trouble using a scraper to clean algae. Another site I like information / advice on the marine aquarium is as follows: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/ And if you ever have to deal with the disease in any of the fish, this is a good link for the diagnosis and cure: http://home2.pacific.net. ph / ~ sweetyummy42/disease.html – All names in red are links to pages with more information on the biology and treatment of marine diseases. Good luck with your tank, and welcome to the hobby! They have to realize that, however – this is addictive. I started with a gallon of 29 and a second 55 gallon in 6 months (now maintain three tanks and saltwater marine many).

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