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Old 11-30-2013, 05:35 PM   #1
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I have a 20 gallon tank to set up as a nano reef with live rock and some basic corals(trying to find hardy ones). I have a penguin 350 filter on the tank. My question is can I put any kind of small fish(preferably a couple of brightly colored ones)in the tank without adding a skimmer?
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:55 PM   #2
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Neon Goby's would be good. Maybe fire fish. You probably know you're relatively limited.
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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Yeah. I have a 90 gallon I will eventually set up but I want to grow as much live rock as I can in the 20 in hopes of moving it to the 90. Probably going to take me a while but I am too cheap to pay 1200 dollars for 90 lbs of live rock lol
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Old 11-30-2013, 06:10 PM   #4
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Got it :P Really, if you'd be willing to wait, you could skip the 20 and go to the 90. Buy a ton of base rock and one or two pieces of live. After a while the base rock will become live. No clue how long it would take, but it would work.
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Yeah I have thought about that
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Would be much cheaper. You could also go on Craigslist and see what people have to offer. Good luck!
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:08 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice
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No problem. I wish I'd gone bigger, can't upgrade though as college is very close. Too bad they don't allow 90 gallons :P
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2 occelaris clowns and a firefish is a pretty starndard stocking for a 20g. I had that for a long time without a skimmer and didn't have any trouble.
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Yeah. I have a 90 gallon I will eventually set up but I want to grow as much live rock as I can in the 20 in hopes of moving it to the 90. Probably going to take me a while but I am too cheap to pay 1200 dollars for 90 lbs of live rock lol
You don't have to make it live in the 20 .
When you start up the 90 use all dry base rock , cycle the tank and as the beneficial bacteria grows it will cover every surface of the rocks making them live .
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