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Old 09-24-2012, 08:10 PM   #11
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Skip the hydrometer and get a Refractometer.. Check ebay and you kind find good prices on those.

For your live rock, I highly recommend reefcleaners.org they sell base rock in 3 different size packages. I bought a 50lb box a few months ago and can't say enough good things about.. Awesome rock, and I got it the third day after I ordered (maybe it helps that I only live 4 hours fr where they shipped it...)
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:08 PM   #12
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ok thanks, ill check out the refractometer after i get all my equipment.

My biggest question is will just any t5 lighting fit in my hood? i have the hood from petsmart, i would like to keep it and just buy a new bulb if possible, what do i look for in specifications to see if it will fit? all i know is that the hood is 30 inches, maybe ill keep it stock for a while

if someone could link me a bulb i can put into the hood from amazon.com that would be great! i have amazon prime so everything gets here fast

and if i cant get sand sifters, what are some cool fish to have in my 20g long? im open to anything, preferably not clown fish as its so cliche lol but anything really

sucks i cant get gobies, im not sure how fine the sand is yet but if its fine enough ill get gobies, i heard that over the years tahitian changed their labels and now have finer black sand so well see when it arrives
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:28 PM   #13
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24" or 36" are the closest I think you can get to a 30". Since they are both 6 inches apart from the hood, it won't work. Does your hood house fluorescent bulbs? A lot of their hoods can only be for incandescent.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:30 PM   #14
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its a t8, pretty sure i can only use t8 in it, i have been looking on youtube and i saw some t8's from zoomed that look good, but too good to be true ><
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:40 PM   #15
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I don't think T8 will support corals...It may keep some mushrooms and/or softies alive, but I don't think they would thrive in such inadequate lighting. Try looking on craigslist for some great deals on lights!
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:39 PM   #16
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I have the moon sand in my tank. It's extremely coarse, too coarse for gobies blennies bottom dwellers and sea stars. It's technically volcanic glass not actual sand
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:41 PM   #17
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im open to anything, preferably not clown fish as its so cliche lol but anything really
Clowns are a tad cliche, but they are popular for a reason! IMHO, there isn't a more beautiful, playful, entertaining fish with personality out there.

Just so happens you have adequate tank size for a pair.

If you want something different look around online... ORA clowns, Picasso clowns, Black and White Clowns, Candy Clowns, etc... There are many varities out there!! You can def find something 'different'.

Just my .02
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:42 PM   #18
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Or check out Firefish... They are cool and BEAUTIFUL also and usually stay out in the water column. Plus they should thrive in your tank size.
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Snowflake clown I really want one. You could checkout liveaquaria.com in the nano fish section for ideas to stock your tank
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:02 PM   #20
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the firefish look nice, how big do they grow? how bout a pair of firefish or clown fish

with a goby and shrimp?
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