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Old 03-25-2014, 03:26 PM   #1
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So I have a 20 gallon saltwater tank with two starter damsels and my ammonia keeps spiking and not sure why any ideas the damsels are small babies right now oh and I also got a t8 "18 coralife light bulb for a anemone I have herd the bulb is good and isn't good and my tank stays at 78 degrees all the time but I wonder if my tank is ready but not sure
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Oh and I plan to get the anemone in the future not this very second
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That light is nowhere near enough for a nem. Think at least 4 bulb t5 ho, with metal halides or strong 3 watt diode leds. On the ammonia is your tank cycled? How long has it been setup? How did you cycle it?
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I do a cycle 1/3 of the water with fresh saltwater and the tank is only 2 weeks old and as far as the bulb I'm not sure where to get another at since the t5 is to small of a bulb for the tank
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Oh and I plan to get the anemone in the future not this very second

Check out a tube anemone as it does not require high lighting.
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My goal for the anemone is for my clown fish here is a pick of my tank before I changed the bulb Click image for larger version

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You would need a separate fixture. A t5 fixture. Clowns do not readily host nems ime. Also, your tank is not cycled. I'd take your fish back, get some live rock, and cycle the tank properly. I know there's a sticky on here about cycling a sw tank. Read that.
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I do a cycle 1/3 of the water with fresh saltwater and the tank is only 2 weeks old and as far as the bulb I'm not sure where to get another at since the t5 is to small of a bulb for the tank

That is changing the water, not cycling the tank. Go online and read about the nitrogen cycle. You must add an ammonia source (e.g. Cocktail Shrimp, Pure Ammonia).

Here's a basic rundown of the cycle.
Ammonia ---> Nitrite ---> Nitrate
Beneficial Bacteria breaks down fish poop and uneaten fish food. That is ammonia, then the BB turns the ammonia into Nitrite, and the Nitrite into Nitrate. This process will first happen an take anywhere from 2-6 weeks. Once all the elements go to zero, except nitrate, then you add another ammonia source. If that goes down without 24hours, then your tank is cycled.
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My goal for the anemone is for my clown fish here is a pick of my tank before I changed the bulb Attachment 230061

Why do you have fake plants in a salt tank?
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I have live rock in there now this pic was taken just after I got the two damsel I had three but my folks liked the black one so I gave em to them but I have cycled the tank without fish two weeks before I got fish and then I have had the fish in the tank for two weeks so in total with and without fish I have has the tank running for four weeks now
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