A little critique for this new reefer?

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  1. tehSAC

    tehSAC Plankton

    Nov 5, 2016
    Be gentle. LOL

    Hello reefers, new reefer here looking for a few suggestions/hints/comments. I’ve been lurking for a few months now and feel that I have a grasp of all that I need/desire by doing my research and reading others advice. However I am still a little hesitant so any advice or criticism you have I greatly appreciate it.

    Due to size restrictions I will be starting my first nano with a 10 gallon tank. I understand this isn’t ideal, as things fluctuate so quickly, but I understand this and have been in the freshwater hobby for well over 10 years this month actually. My plan is to do weekly 2 gallon water changes, clean the glass 2-3 times a week, and switch out the filter floss ever 3-4 days. I also only plan on keeping beginner type corals (soft, maybe some lps), and a couple fish for my children to admire. Heck who am I kidding, I wanna watch the little guys swim too. So this is what I have planned so far:

    Standard 10 Gallon Tank (Already Have - would love to buy a used 10 nuvo)

    15 Lbs Fiji Pink Sand

    10 lbs Pukani Rock from BRS

    Aquaclear 70 (already have) with Chemi Pure Blue and Filter Floss

    Hydor Koralina Nano 425 (Would love an MP10 but it might be too much and not in the budget at this time.)

    AI Prime HD or Kessil A80

    50W Finnex Heater

    As for a topoff I am not sure what would be the best as I am still a bit confused on what style is best. Any suggestions on this would be great. For now I will just keep the water level in range with daily top offs. I shouldn’t have much evaporation as my home stays at a constant 70 degrees and I will be running an LED Light.

    Speaking of the light I'm not sure which would be the best option of my two choices. I want the control of the Prime but love the price of the A80. Is there a cheap ramp timer to use on the Kessil to slowly ramp up and down the light. I know of the spectral controller but that's another $100 bucks.

    As for livestock, my ideal tank would include:


    Ocelaris Clownfish
    Tailspot Blenny
    Purple Firefish


    2-3 Nassarius Snails
    1-2 Hermits
    1 Cleaner Shrimp


    Candy Cane
    Purple Gorgonian

    I understand that might be too many inhabitants or aggression would be too high between one or two of them, so any criticism/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. With my water change schedule I may have to up it to 4 gallons weekly due to the bio load. Yes/No?