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Old 07-17-2008, 08:25 PM   #1
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O.K. I know I may be going against some of your advice here, but I mean no disrespect. I have finally purchased my tank, light and stand. It is a 20L with a nice wooden stand and a reguler 20w flourescent lamp w/ glass lid. Sorry but it was just too good a deal to pass up and a20g is about all I think I can manage right now. I know I am going to do frequent water changes probably 15-20% or so every week and I am going to be limited to a small number of fish. I am going to use LR and LS. I have a couple of questions aout water and filtration. Is pre-mixed saltwater from the retailer O.K. or should I buy water and mix it myself with good salt mix? I am looking at a couple of different filter options and I hate to be andpnd a marineland bio-wheel. I have read equipment reviews till I am blue in the face. My wife probably thinks I am looking at porn or something on the computer.Haha. Anyway I really appreciate the help I have recieved so far here and I will continue to read,post,vote or hopefully be able to give answers based on my own expierences one day. Thanks to all of you. AA rules.O.K. Need to vote now. I will post with pics and updates of progress
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:28 PM   #2
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Don't know what happened in the filter sentence but I think I meant to say Hagen Aqua Clear Ren Smart Filter or a Marineland Biowheel
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:48 PM   #3
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Welcome to AA.

My recomendation is to buy salt mix and an RO/DI filter to make your own SW.
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I agree, it pays off in no time. You may want to ditch the glass top as it can limit O2 exchange and trap heat.
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Question: You said it was a 20L and then a 20g, which is it?

Unless of course you meant 20 Long?....
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Yes a 20 gallon long
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Old 07-17-2008, 10:02 PM   #7
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For a filter I am always pro Hagen; Get the 110 You can add two 50w heaters (Visitherm or Tronic) upright in the filter and use a baffle to section off a small refugium area.
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Thanks Innovator. I only recently started reading about the Hagen filters and I liked everything I read espacially about using the compartment as a refguium. Would that be good for growing algae. I think I read somewhere about someone using for quarrentine. Is that correct or a figment of my inaginitation. I do have a 10gallon I could use as quarrentine tank. but I was thinking of dividing it for my bettas. I have 3 1G mini aquariums with UG inserts and mini air pumps. would that suffice for a quarentine system considering I am only talking about 1" or2" fish?
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It can be used for growing various marine algaes. I would not use it to quarantine livestock as this should be done in a separate aquarium of at least 10g, preferably 20g. All you really need for a quarantine is a heater, sponge filter, and an extra air pump. If you want to splurge you can purchase an hob (Hagen 20) for the 10g along with a heater and an air pump. Reason being for the air pump is because many medications reduce DO (dissolved oxygen). As far as decor in the qt, just pvc will do as it is inert.
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Thanks Innovator. Shouuld I QT the first couple of fish after cycling or is it O.K. to put them in right after the cycle.
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