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Old 11-01-2013, 04:52 PM   #11
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I'm just beginning my research for a marine tank but why so few fish in a 20g? And do you have any alternatives to the goby? I don't like them really
Sw fish are much more territorial than fw fish, they also put more bioload on a system. Having a large number of fish will easily crash your system as the bb in the rocks will not be able to put up with the output of the fish. Having a skimmer/refugium helps to filter these and is usually the only filtration used in sw tanks other than live rock and sand. Saltwater fish also cannot tolerate changes in water quality the way freshwater fish can, the ocean doesn't really change much. An alternative to gobies would be a blenny or maybe a basslett.
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So would I use a skimmer or refugium instead of a filter? The skimmer and refugium are the parts that'd make me super nervousness because I'm unfamiliar with them.
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So would I use a skimmer or refugium instead of a filter? The skimmer and refugium are the parts that'd make me super nervousness because I'm unfamiliar with them.
Keep the filter. Refugiums and skimmers are forms of nutrient export so help keep nitrates and phosphates under control. Running these can allow you to keep more fish.
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Yep keep the filter, leave the skimmer and refugium until you get into larger tanks and have more experience. They're not really needed on a small tank as long as you keep up with water changes.
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Keep in mind the cost of water changes too, weekly you will use maybe 3g minimum for changes, another gallon or so for top offs. If you buy your water at the lfs you add that cost along with the salt cost. Its not like freshwater where you set it and forget it. lol

I have both kinds of tanks and the salt tanks are always more expensive to run and keep up with.
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What do you need to make tap water okay for a saltwater aquarium?
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Not much can be done, you can add prime but thats only gonna cover ammonia and heavy metals. You still will be adding phosphates and various other total dissolved solids that are not coral friendly. You can also get the ro water from those big water machines that they have outside of supermarkets and walmart.
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Ok, So i just got a new hood for my 10g and it only takes (up to) 25W tubular bulbs. What are two bulbs that I can use to grow coral and such?
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