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Old 10-19-2008, 10:29 AM   #11
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as far as corals go ....imo I would wait longer than christmas time...at the earliest I would go is spring to late summer
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You can get away with using treated tap as long as the parameters are ok for a FOWLR ( keep an eye out for unwanted algae), but in the long run RO/Di is best, especially when you get corals. Get plenty of live/base rock, it'll make your fish more comfortable and give you places to put coral later on.

Research!! Make sure your fish will get a long well and stock lightly, especially if you want corals later, water quality needs to be perfect. Also, make sure you add a QT tank onto your list, its invaluable. You NEED one, trust me It will save you a lot of heartache.

They do make nano skimmers, you might want to try it, it certainly wouldnt hurt, though ive heard you dont need them on a nano, i'll let the nano experts elaberate on that.

Keep a close eye on water parameters. I know my 10 gal QT changes VERY quickly ( and the 55 gal is almost always stable).
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thanks guys i read all the nano reefing and starting up a fowlr tank articles last night. i learned alot!

and this might sound stupid but is freshwater filter bacteria the same as saltwater? the tank is currently freshwater with a good colony of bacteria. should i clean the filters before converting it?

edit: i also have a uv from battling green water in my planted tank. would it help to have that hooked up too?
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:04 PM   #14
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as far as corals go ....imo I would wait longer than christmas time...at the earliest I would go is spring to late summer
why is it best to wait? i will if its necessary.

and are zoas good beginner polyps?
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:46 PM   #15
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and is RO/DI water absolutely necessary? i dont think ill be able to afford it if it is :|
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Old 10-19-2008, 05:46 PM   #16
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In my opinion RO/DI is a must to keep a healthy reef. The water you start with should be near perfect and the best way of doing that is having an RO/DI unit. You can get one on ebay for under $100 shipped.

Your source water, you lighting, your skimmer are things you don't want to skimp on. You are going to find that having the RO/DI unit will make things a lot easier to deal with especially with a 20g tank. It is going to require regular and frequent PWCs as well as daily top offs. The better your water is the better your tank will do and limit the possible issues of algae.

Also check for a T5HO fixture instead of the PC fixture. You will get more life from the bulbs and better light. The cost should be similar.
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instead of buying a better hob and a skimmer, will this work?

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I don't know much about those. I personally would not have it on my system. Regular and frequent PWCs will keep things balanced for you and you wont need as much mechanical filtration. I still think the RO/DI unit is something that will benefit you the most. If you have enough LR in the tank and do the PWCs like you should you will be ok.
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i can do pwc's every week. i already have a time set aside on friday to do it on my freshie tank so adding another one shouldnt be a problem

do i need a skimmer?
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On a tank that size it is debatable. Some people will say yes others will say no. I had a 15g nano that I ran for nearly a year without a skimmer on it. I did at the time have my current reef (well the 72g version) running so if I had an issue in the small tank I could replace the water rather quickly. I say with regular PWCs (weekly is great) then you should be fine with out a skimmer or for that matter a HOB filter. Make sure to have at least 1.5-2lbs of LR in the tank for good filtration and a couple of power heads for good circulation. Topping off daily will be the only real issue I see in the tank. You want to keep that SG as stable as possible. Oh and the temp, make sure to have a good heater so your temp remains stable.
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