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Old 07-11-2003, 02:37 PM   #1
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Starting a LR tank

As most of you know, my experience with salt water involves a mask and flippers. I am an idiot when it comes to SW.

With that in mind, I want to learn more. I have read post after post, but I am a hands on learner. I decided I want to set up a 20 gallon (why 20, because I have it) LR tank with maybe some crabs/shrimp but no fish. Eventually, maybe some coral, but who knows, this is a live classroom for me.

What do I need to set up a tank of this order?

Tank: 20 Gallon
Lights: Probably DIY compact fluorescent in a DIY hood. What kind of watts per gallon and how long do you run the 10Ks and the actinics?
Filtration: I understand LR is the biological, without fish do I need mechanical?
Heat: What temp serves LR best?
DSB: Probably 2" "live"
Powerheads: 2 Maxijets (also have)
Skimmer: Is it necessary? If not, what needs to be done?

You know it was you guys that corrupted an innocent FW guy like me to learn more about SW. I will eventually set up a large tank, but not until we move in a couple years to our "final" house. Our current house is only 3 bedrooms, so when we have our second child (I suppose we should have our first before that) we have to move. A man cannot give up his computer room and be expected to keep sanity.
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With no fish a skimmer is not needed IMO. I think you can do this setup cheap, all you need is LR and sand.
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Old 07-11-2003, 03:17 PM   #3
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You should check out the website www.nano-reef.com. I just spent all morning looking there. They specialize in tanks athat are 20 gallons or smaller (heck even 1 gallon tanks). They have great articles explaining eveything you need for a setup and what inverts work best and which corals are best. And from what I read a skimmer, even with fish, is no good in a small tank as it tends to strip out more good things than bad things and can lead to you having to do a lot more work.
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