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Old 08-18-2014, 11:11 PM   #1
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So anyways, I've always been into saltwater, and about a week ago I grabbed one of my 20 gallons from the garage, a couple hob filters, some rocks I stacked up in a crescent shape along the back, and it was already filled with pool filter sand... So with that said I bought a bag of instant ocean, a hydrometer, and got my salt level to brackish, 1.015 about, and let that sit a couple days. Then I got two figure eight puffers and they were in barely brackish water at the pet store, so it took six hours to fully acclimate them to the higher salt level, I've since increased it to 1.018 so I'm hoping to get that to full marine, I ordered a powerhead online, and hopefully gonna get a skimmer IF NECESSARY. If I also have to i would be willing to mix live sand in with the pool filter sand if it would work, maybe some live rock. I'm really not interested in going with corals, or anemones. So yeah FOWLR, or maybe fish only with partial live sand, but I think live rock looks cooler, so then again I could also get rock off the shelves then it would eventually become live in my tank right? And if I do end up getting a protein skimmer could I replace one of my hobs with the skimmer? And also in the future once it establishes and I hopefully put my figure eights back into a different tank, and then get a green spotted puffer, and maybe 1 or two other fish, that can survive without corals/anemones Click image for larger version

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Old 08-19-2014, 03:20 PM   #2
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The sand is fine, it may contain a lot if silicates which will lead to diatoms, but you don't need to add any "live" sand as your sand will become live sand over time. The rocks though aren't really what you want, we use much more porous rocks to increase the surface area for water to flow/bb to colonize. I'd look into getting some sw rocks (live, dry, or base doesn't really matter) and replace the river stones you currently have.
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Old 08-19-2014, 03:26 PM   #3
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Ok I'm definitely gonna be replacing the river stones with different rock. I'll buy it dry, because it's cheaper and I'm hoping not to have any unwanted visitors if I were to buy live rock. I have increased the salt level to about 1.020, and tomorrow I'll bring it up a little more, this morning I arranged for my figure eights to go to a nano reef tank with a friend... I'm hoping they'll do ok once fully marine. After I get my rock, I'm gonna start looking into adding fish... Any ideas there? I'm completely lost haha. I know I'll need some sort of cleaning crew, and what about the protein skimmer? I've been told I shouldn't need one in a small FOWLR tank like this? ...(it'll start out as FO, but eventually become FOWLR) right? Thanks


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With a 20 you'll be fine with out a skimmer, especially with a fowlr, weekly wc's will be fine for you. A clean up crew isn't necessary but if you like the look of hermits and snails then feel free to add a few, just go slow with them and remember they need food to so I'd wait until you have something for them to eat. As far as fish goes liveaquaria has a nano fish section so check there for ideas, but some of my favorites are clown gobies, shrimp gobies, tail spot blenny, Pygmy/possum wrasse, and of course clowns (ocs or percs would be my recommendation)
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I'm not really out for clowns. I like the exotic, colorful, fish saltwater has to offer. So I'll look into some of the fish mentioned. If you wouldn't mind, could you make a nice, healthy stock list that would have an overall good look with some movement thanks


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Ooh this is probably pushing it, but what about some type of dwarf angelfish...? Young of course, if it outgrows, I'd take it to my lfs or use an old scratched up 55, in the future


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I think a cool stocking for a 20 would be a pistol shrimp/goby pair (red banded hi fin or yasha with a candy cane pistol are my favs), a clown goby or tail spot blenny, a tanakas Pygmy wrasse or one of the possum wrasses (personal favorite is the yellow banded possum) and a royal gramma. Invert wise you have lots if options, some personal favorites are skunk cleaner shrimp, sexy shrimp, pom pom crab, porcelain crab.
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Ooh this is probably pushing it, but what about some type of dwarf angelfish...? Young of course, if it outgrows, I'd take it to my lfs or use an old scratched up 55, in the future


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With a 20 long maybe, but in a 20 tall that things gonna become a terror and really not have enough space, they're pretty active fish
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That's exactly what I've heard I'll probably steer clear of them haha


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