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Old 02-20-2012, 01:45 PM   #1
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20G going reef!

Hi everyone,

I am fairly new here and I like that people seem nice and helpful.

I currently have 20g tank with 1.5 in of gravel, 4 pounds of live rock, one clown, one shrimp and one mushroom coral, which I was running for about 2 years. I've decided to go reef and grow more corals so I will have to upgrade current equipment. (Can't really afford bigger tank at this point)

My current setup: Penguin 150 filter, Heater and thermometer )) Oh, and a T8 light bulb under the hood. Yeah it's lame, i know )

My questions for you guys:
1) Is it even realistic to try to keep 20 reef tank for someone who never maintained corals before? Or should I give up on that whole idea and have it as a FOWLR until I can afford larger tank+equipment?

2) I know I need better lights, protein skimmer and air circulation pump. Anything else? How is Penguin 150 for corals - is it good enough? Also, what is a good protein skimmer that is not loud - the tank is right next to the couch, I tried SeaClone 100 and it was so loud I could barely hear the TV so I had to return it.

3) How many corals will fit in 20g "comfortably" assuming I only have 2-3 fish in the tank.

I'd love to hear your thought and advice! I will be putting updates here as I get my new equipment/corals with some pictures. So excited!!
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:49 PM   #2
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Once you upgrade your lights I think you will be ready for some more corals.
If you do weekly water changes you can skip on the protein skimmer. I would however add 2 powerheads to the tank, like maybe 2 koralia 425's or 550's.
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Ah thanks! So I will make lights/powerheads my first priority! Are you sure two 425s or 550s won't be too much of a flow? It's only 20g and the box says one 425 should be plenty..
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I vote for two so that you have proper circulation. I had 2 750's in my 29g tank. lol

Is it a 20L tank? Or a regular 24 inch long tank?
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It's regular 24 inches long tank. hope it's not too small..
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:38 PM   #6
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For a 24 inch tank I think two 425's would be good. I have them in my 20g and my 29g tank now and they don't generate much flow.
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I will definitely make power heads and light my number one priority, and get more rock in. I was also told that sand is much better then gravel, because it does not trap so many debris and thus higher nitrites which corals don't like, so I am planning on doing that also - my gravel is ugly anyways.

For the lights i was thinking LED, because I really dig the moonlight option they have and also the fact that I won't have to replace bulbs. But if I can't find decent deal I will look into T5s
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Sounds good.

When you start to change out the gravel you can do 1/4 of the tank every water change. You don't want to switch it all out at once, just do it in sections.
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Look into the reef octopus bh-1000 hand on back Skimmer. Its nice and quiet and the pump isn't in the tank like most other hob Skimmers. I just got it for my 29 and its super quiet! Or like Carey said just do once a week changes. As for power heads I have 2 koralia 550's and kind of wish I went a little bigger but they are great power heads I would recommend them to anyone
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I'm currently running a 20 gal tall, coral only. I was wondering how u would position the 2 power heads? Are u looking for one at each end forming a whirlpool effect? Or one pointing up for air mix and the other for circular flow? ( mine r like this now)
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