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Old 11-30-2011, 09:00 PM   #1
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New 20g FOWLR build!

Ok, so as many of you know, Im 13, and my parents didnt want another tank. I want a mandarin! Of course, one of the hardest fish lol. So, I convinced them to let me hook a 20g up to my 150g sump and use it as a display. The 20g is about 15ft away so I had to run tubing to it. I have a pump and then a HOB overflow. I will be getting 2 clowns, 1 mandarin, and POSSIBLY one other fish. How many pounds of rock should I get? I want the amount of rock the be high enough to actually be beneficial for the 150g. Would 35-40 lbs be enough to cancel out the bioload of the fish? The other fish would probably be a dwarf angel so would that amount of rock work? I ordered 2000 amphi/copepods from reefs2go.com and theyre coming on friday.
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If you put 40lbs of rock in the new 20g I don't think there will be much room for the 3 fish you mentioned AND a dwarf angel. In the best of circumstances an angel requires a 30g tank to begin with.

2000 pods is a good start, I would say wait though on the mandarin, for the pods to start to multiply and for them to build up a colony. A mandarin can eat up those 2000 pods in less than a week.

I don't think you will have an issue with bioload as you have this plumbed directly to you 150's sump right?
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Wow I completely forgot about the angel lol. And yes it is directly to my sump. How long should I wait for the mandarin? And how many pounds of rocks?
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Id say 25 pounds of live rock! As a show tank do you mean its going to be downstairs? Where is your sump?
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It's another display tank hooked into the 150 gallons sump. It's connected eith hosed and pumps. Can pods get through that black sponge on pumps? That would he good because I wouldnuave to switch rocks every 2 seconds lol. Can they?
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