Marine Tank Pictures (nano tank without reef)!

Thought I’d post up some pictures of my marine tank (which I have since rearranged).

Just to give some background on my marine experience. Because I’m only dabbling in marine tanks at the moment and trying to understand the full nature of them, I’ve started with a nano tank (2ft). Marine tanks get expensive very quickly!

 I wanted liverock, but that needed strong lights and apart from buying new lights I didn’t want to contribute too much to the greenhouse effect. The alternative was just to go for some normal rock or dead coral (which is what I have). Unfortunately, liverock helps a lot in controlling nitrate levels in the biological cycle. I needed to find another way to counter the nitrates so I wouldn’t be changing water constantly (a challenge in a nano tank). So I’ve opted for this type of algae which you can see in the tank. It only requires low lighting, so I have a 11W energy efficient fluro on it and the algae is growing well (and hopefully sucking up all the nitrates in the tank).

 At the moment, I can’t say much on the success yet, but I will start measuring nitrate levels and provide results!
All I know thus far is that the clown keeps tugging on the algae and moving it around!

 PS. There is also a new addition to the tank. Royal Dottyback. My nano tank is now fully stocked with 3 fish 🙂

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