10 gallon Nano

Volume 10 Gallons
Dimensions 20'' x 10'' x 12''
Make All Glass Aquarium


This system will hopefully be a low maintenance setup. I will be keeping Soft corals only, with minimum fish.


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Filtration will be handled with a CPR hang on back refugium with a Current USA 6004 660 GPH Wave Pump, and Oceanic BioCube Protein Skimmer driven by a Fluval Q5 air pump. 10 lbs of live rock.

The refugium houses 5 lbs. of Ecosystem Aquarium Miracle Mud with Chaetophora algae.

The co-counter current skimmer is working very.


Using 2 Current USA Marine LED 24" fixtures. These lights are good enough to keep soft and LPS corals. Maybe even keep SPS alive in shallower systems.


The refugium is supplied with a 650 GPH power-head, and the Current USA wave maker surges every 10 seconds at 660 GPH. I estimate that total water turnover is about 900 GPH.




7 Fish

Lawnmower blenny sp sp
ORA Striped Blenny Meiacanthus grammistes
ORA Yellowline Goby Elacatinus figaro
2 Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris
Six Line Wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia
Yellow Tang Zebrasoma flavescens

65 Corals

5 Armor of God Zoanthids Zoanthus Sansibaricus Zoanthidae
20 Button Polyp Protopalythoa Mutuki
Glove Polyp Clavularia sp.
2 Hairy Mushroom Rhodactis indosinensis
Kenya Tree Coral Capnella sp.
4 Metallic Purple Hairy Mushroom Rhodactis indosinensis
Mint Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
10 Orange Glow Worms Zoanthid Zoanthus sp var
8 Pink Bikini Palythoas Zoanthus Sansibaricus Zoanthidae
Pink Waving Hand Anthelia Anthelia Glauca Xeniidae
Ultra Green Star Polyp Clavularia viridis
WWC Pulsing Xenia Xenia Fuscescens
WWC Sinulria Leather Sinularia Notanda
Yellow Parazoanthus Parazoanthus gracilis

22 Invertebrate

2 Asterina starfish Asterina gibbosa
5 Astraea Conehead Snail Astraea tecta
Blue Legged Hermit Crab Clibanarius tricolor
Bristle Worm Polychaete Eunice Longisetis
2 Brittle Sea Star Ophiomastix annulosa
3 Bumble Bee Snail Engina sp.
Emerald Crab Mithraculus sculptus
Lettuce Sea Slug Elysia crispata
Peppermint Shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni complex
2 Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab Paguristes cadenati
Spotted Sea Hare Aplysia sp.

2 Plants

Chaetomorpha Chaetomorpha sp.


Current USA 6004 660 GPH Wave Pump
Marine Depot KleanWater 6-Stage Advanced RO/DI System - 100 GPD

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RODI water · AcroPower · Boyd Chemiclean

Feeding See more

Omega One Micro Pellets · Fed phytoplankton 5 ml · phytoplankton · COOL MYSIS ENRICHED WITH SELCO · San Francisco Bay Frozen Brine Shrimp · San Francisco Bay Emerald Entree · San Francisco Bay Coral blend · San Francisco Bay Frozen Mysis Shrimp · Frozen krill for anemone · San Francisco Bay Frozen Marine Cuisine · San Francisco Bay Frozen Coral Cuisine · Polyp Lab Reef-Roids · Frozen Food for anemone · Polyp Lab Polyp-Booster · Seachem NutriDiet Marine Flakes · Seachem Reef Phyto Plankton · Seachem Reef Zooplankton · BENERREF Reef Food · San Francisco Bay Mysis Shrimp · San Francisco Bay Fish Eggs · Zoo Med Spirulina


I plan to start out with regular water changes until the system stabilizes over a 6 month period. Hopefully at that point, the system will not require that much work? (I hope...)

On average you perform a 19.4% water change every 9 days.

0% total water change in September.

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I'm jealous of this system... I built this system for soft corals only with the idea of being low maintenance. I'm already seeing signs of coralline algae growth, and all parameters seem to just fall
Water test today were surprising. pH is at 8.2. Alkalinity at 8.6. This would explain the coralline algae growth I'm seeing. The anemone is retracted into the rocks, and hasn't been out in about a wee
Macro algae seem to be doing well. I am currently looking into a canister filter for the system. My idea is to skim surface water from the tank, and pump it into the hang on back refugium. I am also c
Installed de*nitrate by SeaChem today. It will take about a month before the denitrifying bacteria are in place to remove nitrates.
Just preformed a PAR check on the Current Marine LED fixture. It was very low given my current settings. I've upped the White channel to 100% keeping the Green at 20% and the red at 50%. Blue channel
System doing just as well as before. Anemone still hasn't moved, and is accepting feedings. Green hair algae is picking up. Overall health of the system is good. NEED SNAILS

I have Chaeto

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