I'm thinking about starting my first SW
setup in a 20 gallon I've got laying around.
I know I should start out bigger, but I'm still in college, and live in an apartment and need to keep the tanks in my room because I fear people will mess with them. I currently have a 45g brackish puffer tank, as well as a snail breeding tank, so I really haven't the space for anything more than a 20 gallon (or the money).
Ideally I'd like to just do a basic mini-reef, with LR
, a few corals, and maybe a little invert/fish or two. Nothing spectacular.
My main question/concern is this:
I go home for Christmas and summer, so the tanks are moved several times a year. It's nothing with the snails, and with the puffers I simply set up an identical tank at home before I bring them home, and when I do I bring their established filter with them. They always transition nicely.
But with a little reef tank (or even a FOWLR
), would moving it be possible? Would I just treat the LR
/corals like a fish, bring it home in tank water, and acclimate it to an identical tank, or no?
Is there anyway to do it without massive die-off?
I apologize if this a SW
noob question. I know my way around FW
/BW tanks pretty well, but have never dealt with LR
I was also wondering
if a 60w 50/50 PC
would support coral growth in a 20g.
Any input is appreciated,