Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 04-17-2014, 10:30 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
apollo6626's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Plainfield IL
Posts: 94
Help with starting a 20 gallon nano reef tank

Hello everyone,
I have did freshwater for many years and currently have a 75gal with cichlids in it but I have always wanted to start a saltwater tank but never had the funds of time. Now I have access to all and the funding to do a nano tank but I am new to the entire idea and I need as much info as possible. I'm planing to do minimal fish as of right now, but more importantly, how can I keep mushrooms and other soft corals in this tank? I am aware of live rock, clean up crew, and everything life that but I am naďve as to anything reef related. Any input is appreciated on the reef or advice for the tank, thanks!
__________________

__________________
apollo6626 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2014, 11:42 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
nelix10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 468
Lights, stability and regular maintenance are key! I agree light on the fish and heavy on the coral is in my opinion easier to keep and beautiful to watch!
Mushrooms require light to moderate light, powerhead to create flow not only helps with algae it also makes the softy corals look great to!
__________________

__________________
nelix10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2014, 11:46 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bribo12's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 9,117
Quote:
Originally Posted by nelix10 View Post
Lights, stability and regular maintenance are key! I agree light on the fish and heavy on the coral is in my opinion easier to keep and beautiful to watch!
Mushrooms require light to moderate light, powerhead to create flow not only helps with algae it also makes the softy corals look great to!
+1 but I got heavy on the fish and extremely heavy on the coral haha. . Softies are great and can actually make for a pretty reef tank. Look into the current USA orbit lighting. It is nice and great for softies and some lps. You will probably need stronger though if you want sps/clams.
__________________
20 Gallon SPS reef
29 Gallon FW "fat catfish" tank
20 Gallon Long Dart Frogs "Zig" and "Zag"
bribo12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2014, 11:48 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
nelix10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 468
I don't er amend the orbit! Why limit yourself to softies and Lps? Eventually you will want to try a sps and the orbit just won't due! I had one and did not like its lack if intensity
__________________
nelix10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2014, 11:49 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bribo12's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 9,117
Quote:
Originally Posted by nelix10 View Post
I don't er amend the orbit! Why limit yourself to softies and Lps? Eventually you will want to try a sps and the orbit just won't due! I had one and did not like its lack if intensity
True true. They just seemed like a softy person...get a single 120 watt dimmable fixture off eBay . Cheap and effective
__________________
20 Gallon SPS reef
29 Gallon FW "fat catfish" tank
20 Gallon Long Dart Frogs "Zig" and "Zag"
bribo12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2014, 11:50 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
nelix10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 468
I really liked my par 38's from rapid led! They are strong enough to grow sps and can look great over a tank!
__________________
nelix10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2014, 11:52 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bribo12's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 9,117
I love my kessil, I just don't recommend it a lot because ppl see the price and run for the hills lol. Two par38s would probably work great too
__________________
20 Gallon SPS reef
29 Gallon FW "fat catfish" tank
20 Gallon Long Dart Frogs "Zig" and "Zag"
bribo12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2014, 11:54 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
nelix10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 468
I am currently doing some diy LEDs similar to the kessil because I could not handle the cost of them! I love the shimmer from a single point light source
__________________
nelix10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2014, 09:03 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
apollo6626's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Plainfield IL
Posts: 94
Well see I may not limit to just soft, I just figured it would be easier. Ok so basically lighting is key, what about chemical dosing and supplements? I appreciate all the comments guys
__________________
apollo6626 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2014, 09:30 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BigRedsReefs10's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 4,675
As long as you use a quality reef salt, dosing is not required until you have a huge stony coral load
__________________

__________________
BigRedsReefs10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
20 gallon, gallon, nano, nano reef, reef, reef tank, star, start, starting, tan, tank

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New 29g nano reef tank, general nano questions. g3ddan Nano Reefs 8 10-05-2013 09:10 PM
Starting a 10 gallon nano reef Ej_b1996 Nano Reefs 0 04-24-2013 12:16 AM
Help Starting 10 gallon Nano Reef tjmortenson Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 0 08-12-2011 12:28 PM
starting a nano reef tank spikestrip Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 2 06-01-2010 05:41 PM
Starting a new nano-reef Joshsmit56001 Nano Reefs 3 01-04-2005 08:20 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:49 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.