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Old 04-06-2005, 01:41 PM   #11
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I use a seaclone and am happy but many here do not like it. It is commonly recommended to get the aqua C remora or the bak pak. I am sticking with the seaclone even though it takes some adjustments to keep it going smooth.
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28gal bowfront
40lbs livesand(bag from LFS), 30lbs live rock(LR.com)
2 O. Clowns
1 peppermint shrimp, 5 red leg hermit crabs,
4 mexican turbo snails, 15 nassarius snails
ricordea mushroom, candy cane coral,
super color polyps, hairy mushrooms
bubble coral, hawiian feather duster
coralife lunar 2x65, HOT magnum canister
10 Gal refugium(chaeto) & seaclone skimmer
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Old 04-06-2005, 04:02 PM   #12
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in my opinion...
20 gallon aint big enuff (
RMPD is right 30 gall minimum...
if u go ahead with a 20g..u dont need a skimmer...
i dont have one on my 35g i just do a 10% weekly change...
but i use a fluval 404 too for filtration and 2 power heads )
30 pound LR and sand
good luck anyways.....(u may need it)
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Old 04-06-2005, 10:15 PM   #13
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so 20 gallons won't cut it huh?
that's a bummer. I might be alright if i keep only like one or two small fish in a 20 gal. I just want some beautiful fish.
freshwater just doesn't do the trick anymore. I need the good stuff. 8O

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Old 04-07-2005, 12:43 AM   #14
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Skimmer

It will be hard to find a skimmer for a 20g that will work good. most are too tall or too powerful. I would use a larger tank. I would never recommend anything under 30g but the more water the better your chances of success.

This is just a personal opinion, but loosing the filter and going to live rock for filtration really doesn't cut it. A skimmer will pull out ammonia,nitrites as well as other stuff, but what pulls out the big stuff (poop).

I am not saying that lr doesn't filter, but not at the level I prefer myself.
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Old 04-07-2005, 08:04 AM   #15
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28gal bowfront
40lbs livesand(bag from LFS), 30lbs live rock(LR.com)
2 O. Clowns
1 peppermint shrimp, 5 red leg hermit crabs,
4 mexican turbo snails, 15 nassarius snails
ricordea mushroom, candy cane coral,
super color polyps, hairy mushrooms
bubble coral, hawiian feather duster
coralife lunar 2x65, HOT magnum canister
10 Gal refugium(chaeto) & seaclone skimmer
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Old 04-07-2005, 02:51 PM   #16
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ya...
deffo need a filter(fluval r pretty good) no matter wot size tank u got...
but a protein skimmer i would say no need for anything under 30-35 gall.
my opinion anyways.
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go with a HOB skimmer, which one you want it up to how much you want to spend. some to look at are the aqua c urchin and remora the cpr's and seaclones, cant think of anymore
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Old 04-19-2005, 04:54 PM   #18
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First off, Welcome to AquariumAdvice.com!!!
The very first thing you should buy when looking into SW tanks is a good book about them. I like "The Conscienious Marine Aquarist" by Robert Fenner. A 20gal, while not ideal, will work for a first SW tank. In a tank of that size, keeping water parameters consistant and acceptable is your biggest challenge. I second the idea of using LR (30-40lbs), a 3in sand bed and a good skimmer for your filtration. With this you will not need a mechanical filter (like a fluval) but it would add low to the tank and give you a place to run chemical filtration (like carbon). Keep up the research and let us know how things go.
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