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8 Gallon Saltater Tank

PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:44 pm
by xanthia.strohl
Sooo I am trying to rehabilitate an 8 gallon saltwater tank. It had bubble algae, all of the star polyps had died and the live rock was dead.
Since then I've gotten all of the levels right and am looking at putting stuff back in. I have some stuff that had survived it's initial issues like to Picasso clowns, a tree coral, and a bunch of hermit crabs. We've put in a bubble coral, pink zoas, and a cleaner shrimp. I'd like to know what else I can do to give it some character because it looks really bare right now.

Re: 8 Gallon Saltater Tank

PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:01 pm
by ScottFish
I just wanted to welcome you to the Forum! I'm sure one of our resident salties will come by to help.

Re: 8 Gallon Saltater Tank

PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:49 pm
by Wailua Boy
Eight gallons is a challenging size. As far as fauna, I would stick with inverts, maybe a few shrimp. Eight gallons is not a large enough world for a Clown fish, not to mention its affect on water quality(I believe the recommended tank size is 20gmin). I bet your tank will be more successful if you omit fish from this tank, but if you have your heart set on a fish, try a smaller Goby species.

Re: 8 Gallon Saltater Tank

PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 5:43 pm
by Freshwater Tropic
Wow! 8 gallons is a very difficult size to keep. Especially with corals. A pair of clowns even is a bit excessive. At full size a clown can be 3-4". I would definitely limit it to corals and inverts only. You probably ran into an algae outbreak due to excessive nutrients. 2 Clownfish is a lot for that small area. If you limit it to Inverts and Corals you should really lower any chances of another algae outbreak. That is depending on your feeding habits.

I'd love to see some pictures of the setup. We all love to see pictures here!

Also, Welcome to the Forum. We are glad to have you here. :thumb: