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Old 12-13-2004, 03:03 PM   #11
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I have a 20 gallon tank with 26 lbs of dry base rock (not live), no skimmer, 15 lbs aragonite 1-2mm substrate with 2 aquaclear hang on the back filters. RUns perfectly fine, all water params are stable.

Get 1 or 2 aquaclear 500's, clean out the sponge once every week, do a bi monthly water change and vacuum your substrate, dont get crushed coral, that will trap alot of crap. Makes vacuuming more of a chore. Get something that is 1-2mm and aragonite. Everything should work out fine. I had the same exact goals as you, have some nice fish, no corals. If you dont want live rock, get dry baserock. Its like $1.50 a lb. I wouldnt run all that light either unless you want have everything covered in brown algae. With your choice of fish I doubt you will be able to have snails to help with the aglae since they will be eaten. Id run the minimum amount of light possible to still enjoy vieiwing the fish, and only run it while viewing.

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