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Old 07-05-2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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20 gal saltwater setup?

I have consolidated all of my freshwater tanks into a larger 40 gal breeder, so I now have a spare 20 gal, and a few others (hospital tanks is my plan)
how plausible is it to have a 20 gallon saltwater set up for only two clownfish?
Is it even worth seting up a sump/refugium on a tank that size, or would diligent water/tank maintenance be better?
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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Its def worth it, even for 2 clownfish. With a 20g diligent pwc's and testing will control the parameters, but a sump/refugium will make life easier and also stabilize things. If you have the tank, I'd do a sump/refugium
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I do have a spare 10 gallon, but that would be DIY and I have little knowledge/understanding of a refugium. This would be my first venture into the salty world...
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Refugiums are cake work, I have 2-10 gallon rubbermaids setup for my 125, you'd prob be best splitting the 10g in 75/25 and using the bigger chamber for your filtration and then smaller chamber for return pump
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I will start looking at how-to's for that then!!
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Old 07-05-2011, 05:21 PM   #6
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actually they are prob 15's now that I think about it
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In all honesty, I probably wouldn't bother with a sump on a 20g. I'm also of the quicker and easier way to do things. LOL

A really good hob filter and weekly water changes should keep your water in check.

You'll also have to decide if you want corals as the lighting can blow a budget real quick.

I also don't think you need a skimmer, again, pwc's done each week will export the nutrients out.
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I wasn't planning on water changes. I change water EVERY Sunday, if not Thursday as well. Considering I have almost no knowledge of Simpson at this time, a good HOB and a powerhead for current should work right?
Live rock only for now, might upgrade to lights and corals later on....
It's a 24" tank so I could feasibly get a zoomed fixture for maybe 70$, which would put me at 4-6 wpg, but I am limited in my coral knowledge too.
I would be tearing down, cleaning, setting up and and the cycling the 20 gal before I even added the fish, so I have month to research and learn. A LOT.
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Hey he could do what I did on my fw 20l, I put a rena smartfilter 55 on it, a bit biggewr than needed? Yes, do I have to do weekly water changes? Nope
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Heres a great 4 bulb fixture which will allow you to keep most corals:

2Ft/4Bulbs fixture

can't beat the price.

And yes, all you need is some live rock and some sand. One powerhead should be enough, like a koralia 425.

Water Pumps & Wavemakers: Hydor Koralia Nano 240 & 425

Thats just for some starters
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