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Old 09-28-2005, 05:29 PM   #1
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Need Help With New Tank Setup

Hey every one i was just wondering if you could help me. I've decided to start on a saltwater tank. I've been into this hobby for a long time now. I've only dealt with fresh water tanks. I'm no expert but i do know my way around. Well i want to use a 20gallon long tank but i'm not sure what equipment i need and what kind of lve coral and fish to get. Can anyone help?
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Old 09-28-2005, 05:44 PM   #2
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Check out the articles link on the home page.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/showfaq.php?fldAuto=2

Are you looking to do a nano or a regular SW setup? If nano, I would skip the 20g tank and look into a 12g or 24g nanocube. For the money it will probably be a wash for what you will put into the 20g with proper lighting and filtration.

Otherwise the only initial advice I would give is to look into setting up as large a sw tank as you have space for/can afford. Unlike fw with sw the larger the setup the easier it is to maintain due to the fact that you have more water volume and it is a little more forgiving.

Otherwise equipment will include:

Filtration
Skimmer(recomended)
power head for more water movement
Lighting 3-5 wpg

As for inhabitants it really depends what kind of set up you want. If you go with the 20g you will be limited to 2-3 smaller fish.

Here is a good link to check out some basics on fish and corals for size and lighting requirements.

http://www.liveaquaria.com/

Otherwise hang around here and do some reading. Research is the best place to start.

HTH,
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Old 09-28-2005, 05:48 PM   #3
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