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Old 11-29-2006, 01:31 AM   #1
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im ready to start a 20 gal saltwatertank. plan on keeping corals and a few puffer fish.

I have a tank 20 gal and a 10 gal for a sump. the lighting i plan to use is


how much live sand do i need in the tank?
is a 10 gal sump big enough?
how many watts do i need to grow most corals?

a good link would be nice.
thanks caimen
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You might want to research your plans a little bit more. While not very experienced myself, I think most all puffers will want to be in a much bigger tank - like 50-100 gallons or so. Also - and I could be wrong so look into this - but I don't think puffers are very reef compatible.

Two good references I've found invaluable are Fenner's "The Consciencious Aquarist" and Paletta's "The New Marine Aquarium". Read up, and have fun!
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Old 11-29-2006, 03:30 AM   #3
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The above post is correct, if you do plan on keeping any puffers you would need a little larger of a tank. What I would recommend is do some research on exactly what you would like and set a goal and work towards it. Some hardy corals such as mushrooms do require I believe a min 4watts/gallon, I will let someone with more reef advice chime in. Good Luck.
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I agree with the other two posts. Puffers need a larger tank, possibly 100 if you want more than one. They will munch inverts as well.
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I agree also that you`ll need a bigger tank for puffers. Here are some places you can get some info on some of them.

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yes i did do alot of reading to day. a puffer is not the fish for this tank.
Im thinking about keeping mostlu corals.

I set up the tank today. I mixed my water, added 20lb of live sand. for a filter i will use a AC 30 and a protein skimmer. i also have a power head for added curculation.

I will recive my 2x65 PC light tomarrow. I am going to buy about 20lb of live rock my LFS is giving me a great deal on uncured fujii live rock 5.99 a pound. the rock will be in next week. Untill then how should i maintaine the tank. It only has the sand in it.
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You could add a little flake food to help start your cycle while you are waiting for the uncured rock.
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Im looking in to a protein skimmer i was told this unit will work well as a filter and a skimmer.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113771

will the uncured liverock smell bad as the tank cycles? will carbon remove this smell?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113771

would this skimmer work well on a 15gal
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I have heard good things about the bac pacs, not sure on the fission.
The uncured LR might sink due to some die off, I don't think the carbon would help much.
I have a 125G and a 20G cycling right now, with three pieces of raw shrimp (125G one in the 20G) in it and there is not really a bad smell, from either of them.
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