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Old 10-27-2012, 07:03 PM   #1
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I have a 20 gallon salt water fish. My goal is to maintain 3-4 fish my water is normal all my fish keep dying i went through over 12 currently i have onky one clown fish that is showing signs of distrest i have every chemical book please legt me know how to keep a sucessfull tank of only 20 gallon it would be much apprecitated
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:12 PM   #2
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First of all what kind of filtration are you.using and what the flow.in.your tank
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:39 PM   #3
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I appreciate your response ans your assistance there all dead now so I am running a salt water tank 20 gallon with no fish...my filiter is an Aquefena 50 hand over filter with carbon foam and what looks like litte corks screws......

I am not ready to add any fish i was thinking to perhaps let the tank run for a month empty?
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:54 AM   #4
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Im not a pro like a lot ppl here but I could tell you what I know . When I first started my reef tank after so many years in.just saltwater fish only I run the tank with live rock amd.let.it.cycle for 6-8 weeks before I put anytjing.in.it . Now I have it for a year and.so far so.good .what kind water you using ? Ro or.tap ?
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Its not a perfext tank amd.im still.working.on it


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Old 10-28-2012, 02:36 AM   #6
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Sounds like your tank maybe wasn't fully cycled? Letting it run for a month before adding any more fish is a good idea, but you'll need to add a source of ammonia to make sure you have a good strong cycle that is capable of handling a fish and its waste. Toss in a piece of raw shrimp or fish and let it rot. It'll smell bad, but it actually is good for you tank and building up the BB. what's your specific gravity at? Have you tested your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?
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Old 10-28-2012, 01:45 PM   #7
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once again I appeciate all the help....First is how do i know when my tank is cycled according to my local fish store my tank has already cycled as they tested me water to be satisfactory

Is there an indicator that shows when cycling is complete

Is a 20 gallon tank simply to small for salt-water fish I would hate to go back to fresh water fish....I really cant afford to upgrade at this time I alrady spent a lot on trying to make salt water work

My goal is to maintain 2-4 small fish in the tank that brings me to another question how many fiah for 20 Gallon and what type for a 20 gallon
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The only indicator is if you have an ammonia source in the tank and your ammonia and nitrates are reading zero. This tells u that there is enough bb to handle a few fish. No ammonia source = no cycle, don't even try to add anything to an uncycled tank. It will be almost a for sure doomsday for whatever u put in
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Thanks for the Advice I do have some follow-up questions. What does it mean to have an Ammonia source? you said that no Ammounia source no cycling...also can I have a reading of zero and still have an Ammonia source?.

Also in regards to bio-load I would assume that means adding to many fish at once.....my question is what is too many fish for a 20 gallon, should I add one per month?
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When the cycle is complete, there will be zero ammonia and nitrites, and some nitrates (probably will be high). There has to be a good source of ammonia, though, to start the cycle. That source can be a piece of rotting raw shrimp or fish or it can be liquid ammonia, whatever you choose. There are several stickies on this site explaining the nitrogen cycle if you're not familiar with it.
For a 20g, you could have 3-4 small fish. Check out the nano section of SW on liveaquaria. com.
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