Ok so at this point I'm leaning towards a 4 bulb t5 HO
(96w). Can someone confirm for me what types of coral this could maintain.
Can this type of fixture just sit on top of a hood with a glass panel or does the tank have to be open? I'm worried about fish jumping out if its topless.
I will most likely be running an AC50 filter on this 20gal tank. Will a circulation pump be necessary too?
This is going to be a stupid question, but how do you acclimate corals? Drip acclimation just like fish and inverts? And then do you just throw them in like fish or somehow mount them somewhere or something?
And I've heard of corals killing each other. Should I be concerned about this?
Just to go over it again. For a 20gal high I'd be looking to do:
2x ocellaris clownfish
1x royal gramma
1x bicolour angel OR flame angel
1x manadrin dragonette
2x fire shrimp
2x Mexican turbo snails
1x sand sifting starfish
And a bunch of assorted corals.
Would this all be too much? And YES I'm well aware of the difficulty in keeping a manadrin and would only add it once my tank is very well established, full of pods
and even supplement pods
Same with the starfish- add it later.
Would the starfish eat the blood shrimp?
Also I will be using aragonite sand (not live) and be doing a deep sand bed. Is this okay?
And what problem will develop down the road by using tap water?
Thanks everyone for the help and advice