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Old 08-22-2008, 01:57 AM   #1
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simple saltwater setup?


Visiting a local tropical fish store after doing some research, and asking questions i was told of a simple setup. He told me that all i really needed was good LS, LR, good lighting, and a surface skimmer. Honestly i was a little in disbelief but was shown his tanks that were instore, and he didn't have much equipment attached. He was showing me his (i'm guessing) 100 gal tank with 4-5 large pieces of LR, a powerhead with a propeller, a surface skimmer, and a small filter HOB style(excluding fish sand ect.). More equipment may have been being used but i didn't see it, or was in too much of a hurry to notice, but i'm speaking of what he TOLD me. In short if a small saltwater tank 20gal was planned on being used for a reef tank with minimal equip would i be able to keep a good ecosystem?

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Smaller tanks require more time but less money. Theres no simple setup but there is a basic setup. With no fish and a few coral minimul amount of flow would work for awile but feeding fish help feed coral and CUC and pods.Low flow means a collection of unwanted nutreints and with fish no skimmer could mean higher ammonia levels. Its about a balance. Get a startup book and ask more questions for best chance.


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Yes, you can set up a successful system with the proper amount of LR, LS, a HOB filter, a skimmer and good lighting. Just keep in mind that with a smaller system, you have less room for error and bad things can happen fast.
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It can be that simple, but first read the articles here and ask lots of questions. Resear4ch up front saves $$$$$s.

Read the New Tank Setup and How to cycle your tank with out the use of fish threads too.

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