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Old 06-24-2013, 01:49 PM   #1
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20 Gallon SW what do i need to start?

I want a sw tank freshwater is still cool but I want the crazy awesome colors of a sw tank like some firefish.


What supplies will I need to start this journey?

Also if a fish only eats shrimp or frozen shrimp how do I feed while I'm out of town ?
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:55 PM   #2
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Your gonna need

Sump/filter of some sort (preferably a sump or canister)

Thermometer

Powerheads

Salt mix or premixed saltwater

Airline tubing (for acclimating)

Syphon for water changes

5 gal bucket (it'll come in handy)

T5s or led lights depending on if you want a reef

Live Sand

Live/dry rock (live rock speeds up cycle I personally think but it is more expensive than dry/base rock)

And a decent test kit

That's what you need to get on your way!!! Good luck!!!!!
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:06 PM   #3
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This is what I bought for mine:

RO/DI system
• Pump for SW storage – MaxiJet 400 powerhead
SW storage heater (use any heater big enough for your SW storage bucket)
• 5 gallon bucket (for RO water)
• 20 gallon bucket (for the initial SW "loads", unused since)
• 20 lbs live rock
• 30 lbs Fiji pink live sand
• BioSpira (not really needed)
• Refractometer
• Two Hydor Koralia 425 pumps
• Hydor SmartWave (not needed, but I like the effect)
• High Range pH, calcium, carbonate hardness, nitrite, nitrate, ammonia, phosphate test kits (most are in the "master" kits from API

The most expensive was the RO system, but it will pay for itself in time soon enough. The rest was bought in the span of about 3 months while the live rock and sand were curing and the tank was cycling.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:50 PM   #4
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For firefish (or most small SW fish) they can eat flakes, I use a auto feeder when I go away. Just check individual fishes requirements before buying, some fish of course won't eat flakes.
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Thanks guys geeze that's alot of crap need to start saving up! Haha I didn't realize a sump was needed for a small aquarium guess I was wrong ! Anyways thanks
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You don't need a sump on a tank that size, but they are very beneficial! Have a good read about the different types of filtration, there are many ways to do it...
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Thanks guys geeze that's alot of crap need to start saving up! Haha I didn't realize a sump was needed for a small aquarium guess I was wrong ! Anyways thanks
I don't have a sump on mine..just an extra HOB with Purigen and filter floss.

The RO/DI is the biggest investment, but worth it.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:47 AM   #8
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For firefish (or most small SW fish) they can eat flakes, I use a auto feeder when I go away. Just check individual fishes requirements before buying, some fish of course won't eat flakes.
On live aquaria it said they need like live or frozen brine shrimp? But if they are tank raised I'd assume they would just eat what ever floated around.
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This is what I bought for mine:

• RO/DI system
• Pump for SW storage – MaxiJet 400 powerhead
• SW storage heater (use any heater big enough for your SW storage bucket)
• 5 gallon bucket (for RO water)
• 20 gallon bucket (for the initial SW "loads", unused since)
• 20 lbs live rock
• 30 lbs Fiji pink live sand
• BioSpira (not really needed)
• Refractometer
• Two Hydor Koralia 425 pumps
• Hydor SmartWave (not needed, but I like the effect)
• High Range pH, calcium, carbonate hardness, nitrite, nitrate, ammonia, phosphate test kits (most are in the "master" kits from API

The most expensive was the RO system, but it will pay for itself in time soon enough. The rest was bought in the span of about 3 months while the live rock and sand were curing and the tank was cycling.
For the storage do you have it sitting in your closet and pump it in? What kind of pump ? Do I need that many water blowers with no coral ?
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I have a fire fish and he eats flakes (or anything really) but if you mean FILE fish, then that's a different story, they can be fussy eaters...
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