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Old 05-24-2013, 11:01 PM   #11
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Go all dry rock IMO, much cheaper and no pests.. Ditch the canister asap and until you can, clean it religiously. Do you know what brand of lights it is you plan on getting? I know you said LED with a white/blue spectrum but LEn Ds are not created equal. Good luck with your set up.. 20g isn't hard to maintain if you keep up with it.. I had one for a few months but due to circumstances, it was just easier to move it into my 55g.. Have fun and ask questions!
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Thanks a lot for the info I appreciate it. And yea I wanted to have 6 at the most. And I'm not really sure how all the live rock stuff works and how I would go about starting it and all
Live rock is just a way to add surface area for the bacteria thats needed for our tanks to survive. (Biological filter) If you use all dry base it will become live as your tank cycles. By using a piece of "live" rock all your doing is speeding up the cycle.
The power head is like Doug said under sized for your tank, Im running a Hydor 750 in my 20 long just to give you an idea of good flow

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Old 05-25-2013, 01:18 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the info. And yea canister filter will be rinsed once a week filter changes every other week. And for the power head would it be easier to buy a bigger one or just buy another one and have 2?
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And also the led lights I'm gunna purchase are double bright led lights by marineland
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:43 PM   #15
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And also the led lights I'm gunna purchase are double bright led lights by marineland
Those lights will not keep any corals.. Can't remember if you said this was going to be a reef though?.. What is your budget for lights?
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Your LED is ok for now if you are starting on fish only with live rock. You can upgrade later when you are ready for corals.
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Those lights will not keep any corals.. Can't remember if you said this was going to be a reef though?.. What is your budget for lights?
Well I'd like to spend around 100$ at the most in lights
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The Marineland lights are not going to cut it unless you are going for fish only. The canister should be fine depending on your bio load, and I like the idea of 2 power heads vs 1 to help with low flow spots. Looking forward to the progress.
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Well I'd like to spend around 100$ at the most in lights
You aren't going to be able to keep much in the way of corals with a hundred dollar fixture.
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Ok so I figured it out. I dug out one of my 400watt hid lights so should I run the metal halide or the high pressure sodium?
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