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Old 06-28-2014, 05:56 PM   #1
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What I need to start a 20 long

Just got a 20 long with a stand and would like to set up my first sw tank. Trying to figure out what I need and trying not to got nuts spending money. I know larger tank is better for beginner sw but already have the tank and sand and no room for a bigger tank.

Is this equipment list correct?

25 lbs live sand
25 lbs of live rock. (Is 5lbs live abs rest non live ok

Hydrometer
Heater
2 power heads. What size? Is that enough for filtration? If not what else should I use.

Test kit. Can I use the API I use for my freshwater or do I need a diff one

Biggest question is lighting. Not sure if I want to have coral or not. I know it is a big price diff. What would you recommend for each set up


Anything else I am missing.

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Just got a 20 long with a stand and would like to set up my first sw tank. Trying to figure out what I need and trying not to got nuts spending money. I know larger tank is better for beginner sw but already have the tank and sand and no room for a bigger tank.

Is this equipment list correct?

25 lbs live sand
25 lbs of live rock. (Is 5lbs live abs rest non live ok

Hydrometer
Heater
2 power heads. What size? Is that enough for filtration? If not what else should I use.



Test kit. Can I use the API I use for my freshwater or do I need a diff one

Biggest question is lighting. Not sure if I want to have coral or not. I know it is a big price diff. What would you recommend for each set up


Anything else I am missing.

Ty
the mix of dry rock and live rock is fine
power heads since the tank is 24' long I would do
2 450's one on either end blowing the length of the tank and a small 250 for the center of tank back wall
you will need a saltwater master kit
a 100 watt heater rated 20g or more
a hydrometer is fine but a refractometer is more acurate


as for lighting you could get a single Chinese dimmable led fixture about $100 on ebay it's identical to the more expensive tao unit

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Old 06-28-2014, 06:51 PM   #3
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Would the two 450 and one 250 be suitable with the live rock for filtration. Along with water changes.

The lighting needs are the part that confuses me
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Old 06-28-2014, 11:15 PM   #4
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I had a 20 long set up last year and all I had for it was 1 600, a hob refugium, and a 120 watt dimmable led that you can find on ebay for around $90 right now.
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So ended up buying a new 29 gallon tank at petco $ per gallon sale. Will two koralia 425 still be ok or should I try a koralia evolution? Not gonna have a sump.
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Would the carab sea argonite sand be too fine.
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No that's the type you want. And on the power head question you'd be on the low end. I'd say 2 of the 600s would do better for you
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Just to clarify is it the hydor koralia evolution pump that I want?
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:44 PM   #9
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Ok so here is my revised equipment needed list.

29 gallon tank (purchased)
50gpd rodi (purchased)
Refractometer(purchased)
Taotronics led
100 watt heater
2 koralia evolutions 600s
35lbs of live rock.
35lbs live argonite sand Fiji pink

Am I missing anything? Does this look good?
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Looks good, only things I would change is a bigger heater 200w maybe (I find heaters last longer if you get bigger than needed) and I would skip the live sand. It's not really "live" it's just wet and more expensive.
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