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Old 07-26-2018, 09:14 PM   #11
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Here's a picture of the space, isn't that 20L just begging for another to go next to it?

There are two ikea cabinets (attached to a 2x4 bolted to the wall for stability) and each one is 30" wide and 16" deep. Max load of each top is rated at 264lbs. I'm currently under 200 lbs with the 20.

After doing the math I think from a weight standpoint it might be best to stick with a second 20g. Also, these cabinets are 36" tall on top of an 18" ledge, so the bottom of the tank is already 4.5' off the ground and any taller tank just makes it harder to feed, clean etc. And it is only a 7' ceiling LOL

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Old 07-27-2018, 11:22 AM   #12
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Base rock, rodi unit, salt and hob fuge came today!

Thinking more about stocking. How's this sound: 2 clownfish, a court jester goby, a cleaner shrimp of some kind and maybe a small urchin or anemone?
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Old 07-27-2018, 12:48 PM   #13
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Yes, that is what I'm asking.... Most sites say a 3" orchid dottyback ok in a 20 gallon, but live aquaria says 30g. They don't really specify length though.

I wouldn't add 3 dotty backs
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Old 07-27-2018, 03:18 PM   #14
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I wouldn't add 3 dotty backs
I was just meaning a single 3 inch dottyback. But I think I'm going to not do that just to be safe. They are beautiful though.
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A panoramic of the basement, 60g Angel tank on left, 120g mbuna tank in middle, and 20g frog tank on right.

Looking more at stocking, now thinking: 2 clowns, a clown goby, a court jester goby, a cleaner shrimp and a hermit crab.

Does anyone have any recommendations for easy beginner corals?
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I almost always recommend Duncanís...but what is the lighting again?
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I have the ncrew n9232, which is 50 par, 700 lumens. It will be over a 20g long so it is a shallow tank. I'm open to adding a second one of these or getting a different light all together if needed.Click image for larger version

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I am not familiar with that light nor can I find anything with a google search.
With that said, 50 par is pretty low. Itíd mean any coral would need to be directly under the light itself as it would be even lower around the tank.
Itíd be maybe some softies, but I wouldnít keep lps under anything lower than 75.
Iíd suggest a different light, like a par38 bulb.
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I'm confused... Wouldn't a par 38 light be less than par 50?

Also, maybe a dumb question, but would two par 50 lights deliver 100 par?

Sorry, brand is nicrew, here it is in Amazon:
NICREW SkyLED Marine Aquarium Light, LED Light for Saltwater Reef Tanks, 30 to 36-Inch, 19-Watt https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C52JMBS..._A0qxBb3D84914
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Sniperhank, I do want to say thank you for all the advice, a tremendous help!

Here is the jargon from their website on this light:
Ultra bright 14,000K white LEDs and full spectrum RGB LEDs promote and support low to medium light level corals

The box says par 50 at 12", since my tank will only be 12" that would be the minimum par at the bottom.... From looking up par values online it would be more like 150-200 par at 2" depth?
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