I have been running a 10 gal FOWLR
for a few months. I have LFS
do water tests and all had been good so far. I lost an emerald crab early on, but got a another one later on and he is doing well.
I am in the process of setting up a 20 gal
. Given my limited storage space for water and my budget for fish and critters and supplies, this was the perfect size for me.
My plan is to have 3 fish (BW ocellaris I have now, a royal gramma, and a purple firefish). I have a peppermint shrimp now, a snail, and the emerald crab. I may or may not add other critters down the road.
I will never do a full blown reef tank. I am not fond of the look of them, too busy. But, once I get the fish I want and have maintained for a while, I may try some low light easy to care for corals.
I do 10% pwc
each week. I use a couple water additives to keep my params in line. I feed once a day skipping once in a while. I use the HOB
for phosguard, purigen and a sponge. I have been using a Koralia 240 in the 10 gallon. I have about 8.5 pounds of live rock, and will add a bit more when I upgrade.
I have ordered a 200 GPH HOB
filter and I will use a Koralia 425 power head. Is there any reason for me to run more powerheads? I am thinking the fish might not like all the water movement, and if I am not going reef, I don't need much more.