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Old 05-30-2006, 05:49 PM   #1
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33g reef help

First off, let me explain why the tank of choice. I am in a wheelchair and anything taller will be to hard to reach into.
This will be my first attempt with SW, I have keept freshwater for years with success. I understend proper husbandry, water conditions and so-on.

1. Filtration, powerheads, skimmers and such---- what is reliable and effective for this size?
2. Substraite?
3. With this small of an ecosystem, what fish would you advise?

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Thanks, I mostly lurk around in the freshwater forum and this is my 1st post here.
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For that size tank an AquaC Remora or a CPR Bak Pak 2 will work well. Other filtration can be all natural with LR. You can supliment with mechanical/chemical filtration but its not needed IMO. I would suggest using 1 power head with a wave unit like a SCWD. Adding other PH for flow if needed depending on the coral your going to use.

Lighting is something you didnt mention, what do you plan on using?

I would go with a sand substrate.

You can stock clowns, basslets, wrasses, chromis, as well as many more. You can try a dwarf angel if you wish.
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Lighting ! Oh yea, forgot about that.... most likely CF?
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Did you have a certain fixture in mind? Lighting is very important when puting together a reef tank. Your lighting and flow will determine what you can house in the tank.
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I'd stay away from angels. The key word above is "try". It's hit or miss with them attacking/nibbling on corals. Even though dwarf varieties are not known to nibble, sometimes they can develop an appetites for it later I'v heard. Basslets get big too i believe and can be harmful to smaller fish.

Substitute gobies for basslets IMO. Also, blennies would work.

AquaC Remora with surface skimmer gets my vote. The Bak Pak is too noisy IMO.

Look at 4x65 power compact units. You can do a decent variety of soft corals I believe with those.
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I agree with the noise issue on the BakPak. Im not sure if it can be fixed by replacing the pump?
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I would suggest a pair a clowns (everyone loves clownfish!), a firefish and a sixline wrasse. Maybe a school of 3 green chromis later on IF ur filtration is sufficient.

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thank you all 4 the help.....it will be put to good use, unfortunately my tanks are not going to be here till the middle of june
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