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Old 03-19-2013, 01:30 PM   #11
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Just a word of precaution, your 20 gal tank is too small for salt water and even corals for that matter. You need other necessary equipment to maintain a good reef tank such as skimmer. The size of your tank is only used for sump that supplement filtering larger tanks. Besides, your kit is for FOWLR only.
I've seen some 10 gallon reef tanks that blow away 100+ tanks.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:57 PM   #12
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Look into Zoas easy to keep and great colors Here's a 2 gallon pico. http://www.melevsreef.com/pico.htm Frag them and get your money back.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:05 PM   #13
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My tank is a little over a month. It cycled in 2 weeks. I've added a torch, mushrooms and zoas. It's only a 5 gallon tank. Everything seems to be going well so far
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OP, in terms of lighting you can start researching at this point. I'd start off at 4 bulb T5ho, but also consider MH and LED. MH will run a 20 gallon quite hot and LEDs will need to be hung higher above the tank to avoid burning the coral.
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OP, in terms of lighting you can start researching at this point. I'd start off at 4 bulb T5ho, but also consider MH and LED. MH will run a 20 gallon quite hot and LEDs will need to be hung higher above the tank to avoid burning the coral.
Would HO be needed for a 20 gal tank, or will NO suffice? I was pondering the use of the Marineland Reef Ready LED system. I have read good reviews on it, esp since it has a built in timer for the white/actinic blue LEDs, and the LEDs last...forever...or close enough to it.
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HO would be required. As per the marinelands, they are a lie and joke. They are unable to support coral.
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Roger that...and 4 bulbs vs 2 bulbs?

Any opinions on HO T5 Aquarium Light Fixture: Coralife Lunar Aqualight HO T5 Aquarium Light Fixture (or it's 2 bulbed little brother)?
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No less than 4 bulbs and you should be able to keep anything you'd want.
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Roger that...gotta get the slush fund built up while the rock is curing...$$ for the light and the HOB skimmer...HA...the wife'll love that.
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look into the TaoTronic dimmable LED $ 149.00 on ebay these will let you keep any coral or nem you may want. Also you wont need a skimmer so you can save some $$.
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