i have had my 20L set up for 10months, no problems, great tank.
i live in the north east and from that last storm, i lost power for 2 days. i did everything i could and i lost everything (200$ worth of coral & fish) the only things that survived was my shrimp, turbo snail, and 2 polyp corals
instead of starting over with my 20 gal
, i got the deal of the century!
a co-worker gave me..
- 4 bulb (33w each) t5 light fixture (built in fan/LEDs)
- 2 bulb (33w each) t5 light fixture
- aquaC skimmer with all parts
- glass top for tank
1. my 20gal tank has a fluval 305, i would like to use my 20 as a sump but i have no idea where to start. my fluval would be a easy no cost filter that i had great success with, but i know sump is way better. what are the costs to get the sump going? can i do an overflow box with success/reliability?
2. lighting... what would you suggest i do? use both fixtures? my 20 gal
has a 24" T5 fixture, can i put that in the front section of the tank and the 4 bulb fixture in the rear? im clueless on this area on what to do. two of the bulbs do not work so i need to get new ones, so maybe ditch the 2 bulb fixture and use the 24" fixture? or get new bulbs and use both 36" fixtures? id like to keep the basic-intermediate corals.
3. should i start 100% over with the 46g tank? i mean... all new water, get more sand/LR
and do the cycle. would using some of the water from the 20g help in anyway? again... no idea what direction to take.
4. what would you do? disregarding all my questions but knowing what materials i have. id like to keep all costs as low as possible, but i would pay for something that would help lower the maintenance.
here are pics of my current tank, about 2 months ago (everyone love pics!)