Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 03-23-2005, 03:16 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Illinois
Posts: 69
Will this tank work?

I have a 20 gallon with a bio wheel 330 and a red sea protein skimmer meant for a 60 gallon. i put 4 lbs of liverock in. Do you think that i will be alright as far as filtering goes?

adam_keene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2005, 07:50 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Waxahachie, TX
Posts: 436
Send a message via MSN to mjvincent
It is good to start with. I am running a penguin 170, a fluval 104, a maxijet 700 and about 30 pounds of rock. You may want to get some more rock, if nothing else get base rock or lace to add to the tank and it will become lr too.

Mike Jones
32 gallon hex, 34 lbs lr, Prizm protein skimmer, fluval 104, 1 maxi jet 750, 1 maxi jet 1200 ph, current 40w 50/50 pc, 1 NO powerglo 19watt, 1 daylight NO 65w (equiv), two damsels, 1 green brittlestar, 1 peppermint shrimp, turbo snails, red legged hermit crabs, kenyan tree coral, leather coral, pumping xenia, mushroom coral, green star polyps, orange button polyps
mjvincent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2005, 08:43 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 602
Eventually you may want to lose the biowheel and use live rock for filtration, although that might be trickier in a 20 gal, since the rock will reudce your water volume further.

My tank is 30 gal with about 50 lb of LR and a 10 gal sump with macroalgae. I don't use any other type of filter, other than some filter fluff in my sump to trap particles. I still have a small nitrate reading (around 10) , which I reduce with water changes. I'm hoping that the system will mature and I won't have nitrate readings at all (my tank is only a month old).

Good luck.
30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
midiman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-23-2005, 09:19 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
lando's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Savage, MN
Posts: 7,889
That is a very good start. For better biological filtration I suggest putting in another 20-30lbs of LR. What substrate are you using?
Some people are like slinkies...they serve no real purpose yet can still bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs!:p
Have a great day! Brian
lando is offline   Reply With Quote


Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How much work is a SW Tank jw Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 15 12-26-2007 11:22 AM
LED tank...would it work? mkobu Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 2 06-25-2006 12:45 AM
i think my tank needs... work. _brokenglass_ Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11 11-04-2005 05:20 AM
Would This Tank Work??? amphibianboy528 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 13 11-04-2004 07:15 PM
Would this tank work? Hutch Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 12 10-26-2004 11:06 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:39 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.