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Old 03-02-2013, 12:22 AM   #11
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I was at about 15 pounds of rock as of this morning, I was looking at my tank and thinking it needs just a little more. So I headed down to the lfs and picked up another 3.7 lbs. I'm closer to 2 lbs per gallon and I now know the tank has enough rock. It's all how you see it and want it. I'm doing a reef and love how my tank looks now.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:24 AM   #12
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2 questions you asked.
First was turnover. 18.5 is not too high. Actually 30-50 is recommended for reef tanks. A circ pump to blow water around will be beneficial.
Second was lights. Anemones need high lighting. You have a few options. A fixture with a MH (metal halide) bulb and 4 T5HO actinic bulbs is an option but it can heat up your tank. Or a 6 or 8 bulb T5HO with a combo of actinic and Cool K rated bulbs will work but the bulbs will need to be replaced annually at a significant cost. The latest is led lights that give what you need for light and don't need to be replaced annually but might cost a bit more upfront.
Taotronics seem to be very popular for many members and perhaps someone will pipe in with a specific fixture recommendation.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:19 AM   #13
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2 questions you asked.
First was turnover. 18.5 is not too high. Actually 30-50 is recommended for reef tanks. A circ pump to blow water around will be beneficial.
Second was lights. Anemones need high lighting. You have a few options. A fixture with a MH (metal halide) bulb and 4 T5HO actinic bulbs is an option but it can heat up your tank. Or a 6 or 8 bulb T5HO with a combo of actinic and Cool K rated bulbs will work but the bulbs will need to be replaced annually at a significant cost. The latest is led lights that give what you need for light and don't need to be replaced annually but might cost a bit more upfront.
Taotronics seem to be very popular for many members and perhaps someone will pipe in with a specific fixture recommendation.
Here's a link to the light I was recommended to get. Mr.x has 6 of these and just so we're understanding each other... I've got a 10 gallon and Mr.x, well, he's using 6 of em, so I'm guessing it was a good recommendation.

All sarcasm aside, I love this light, it's dimmable and bright as a M**** F****. I cranked it up half way and looked at the tank, then walked out into the hallway at work... WHOA....! I will eventually be using it on my 40 gallon when my reef grows up. In my opinion the light was a great deal. Here's the link
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:16 PM   #14
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Thank you so much for all the great information. I was also wondering about the need for an air stone or some type of air supply. The top is open so there is good air exchange on the surface but do I need more?
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:09 PM   #15
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Dont use an air stone the bubbles will cause salt creep better to aim your power head at the surface the idea is to cause ripples on the water this will aid in gas exchange
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I was wondering if I need to use a protein skimmer when I start adding anemones and some coral or will the filter be enough. I have a Sea Clone 100 but it looks bad when it's on the tank so I want to see if I could get away with out using it
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:04 PM   #17
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On a tank that small you dont need a skimmer, as long as you are doing your weekly water changes.

And i noticed you were using a canister filter, be careful with that as they are known as nitrate factories in saltwater, try to clean it every couple of weeks.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:08 PM   #18
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How long has your tank been running? How big is it? Anemones need intense lighting and a mature tank. As for the skimmer, it's always a good idea to use one but its not necessary. Depending on the size of your tank a filter might not be needed either. Tell us a bit more about your set up and we can advise. You running power heads too?
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:09 PM   #19
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Sorry I see now its 20g...
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Good to know about the canister filter. I don't have a power head just the canister filter. The tank has been set up for a little more then a week. I just added two chromies today. I'm planing on leaving this set up for a month or more and then add a anemone,clown fish and cleaner shrimp
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