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Old 04-14-2012, 11:59 PM   #1
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20g saltwater newbie

Hello saltwater guru's. I currently have this planted 20 gallon freshwater aquarium. I have completely lost all interest in this build after having it for a year now. I will be rehoming the fish and plants this week. I want a new learning experience.

What I have. 20g 24" glass tank. Aquaclear 20. Heater. T5 twin light 24" w/ 10000k and a 6700k bulbs.

What I want. Nano reef style. 1-2 clowns, 1 goby, shrimp, coral.

I have been searching google and other threads but their is a lot of information and I want to here it from the experts. I know you shoulders have an anemone for a year much less a small tank, so I like the coral idea. This is for my sons bedroom, and for me to learn. Let's go about this as if I know nothing, for example, what the heck is a protein skimmer and do I need one. Ha thank you in advance.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:15 AM   #2
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[QUOTE=Readingexcalibur;1899932]Hello saltwater guru's. I currently have this planted 20 gallon freshwater aquarium. I have completely lost all interest in this build after having it for a year now. I will be rehoming the fish and plants this week. I want a new learning experience.

What I have. 20g 24" glass tank. Aquaclear 20. Heater. T5 twin light 24" w/ 10000k and a 6700k bulbs.

What I want. Nano reef style. 1-2 clowns, 1 goby, shrimp, coral.

I have been searching google and other threads but their is a lot of information and I want to here it from the experts. I know you shoulders have an anemone for a year much less a small tank, so I like the coral idea. This is for my sons bedroom, and for me to learn. Let's go about this as if I know nothing, for example, what the heck is a protein skimmer and do I need one. Ha thank you in advance.


Most nano keepers don't use protien skimmers because of how often you need to change the water.if you buy one you need to get one that's like rated double of your tank size adleast.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:31 AM   #3
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It was the last paragraph. He must have accidently deleted the QUOTE sign when he quoted your post.

So its the section about the skimmer and you not needing one
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Huh?? It shows it shows what I said
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[QUOTE=Andrew McFadden;1899994]Huh?? It shows it shows what I said[/QUOT
Im having problems typing tonight sorry
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:42 AM   #7
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Gotcha. Thanks for the information. That was just and example of what I'm asking tho. I seriously don't know anything about salt water aquariums and want to have a conversation about everything. Is my stock idea ok. What equipment I need? Will my lighting be fine? Do I need better? Can I use my aquaclear 20?

Like I said, I have attempted to search out this info, but I have a lot of conflicting information. I am interested in knowing what I need to do past what I have to make this a reality!
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Gotcha. Thanks for the information. That was just and example of what I'm asking tho. I seriously don't know anything about salt water aquariums and want to have a conversation about everything. Is my stock idea ok. What equipment I need? Will my lighting be fine? Do I need better? Can I use my aquaclear 20?

Like I said, I have attempted to search out this info, but I have a lot of conflicting information. I am interested in knowing what I need to do past what I have to make this a reality!
Okay sounds good. For my 30 gallon i like to over filter, so i got an aquaclear 70. Your stock seems fine to me make sure you get ocellaris clownfish, they stay smaller and are better for nano tanks. What lights do you have? 4 bulb t5?
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You probably have freshwater bulbs in that light you'll need saltwater bulbs
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I can get better filtration no problems, I have the following for lighting. Aquaclear 70 is on sale right now too!

http://m.petsmart.com/mt/www.petsmar...uctId=11248153

It is a twin T5 24" light setup. I do see that it says for freshwater in the box. Is this still ok (duh) lol. I can upgrade the bulbs mabye? Or mabye that would be a fire hazard?
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