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Old 07-14-2011, 12:14 AM   #1
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20g SW equipment advice

I picked up a 20g long in the the $1/gallon Petco sales, and I'm looking at dipping a toe in the saltwater world. I'll be setting it up as FOWLR, and looking at 20lbs of live sand and 35lbs of live rock (comments + suggestions welcome at this point).

In terms of hardware, I'm currently looking at:
  • One or two Marineland Maxi-Jet 400 Pro's
  • Aqueon 50 or 100W heater
  • 30" AquaticLife T5 HO Dual Lamp Light Fixtures (24" 24W Actinic and 24" 24W 10,000°K)

I've always kept up a weekly PWC maintenance cycle on my freshwater tanks over the years, so I'm thinking in a 20g tank I can do without a HOB protein skimmer.

Any advice/comments/suggestions/alternatives on equipment would be greatly appreciated. Lighting I'm somewhat overwhelmed with, though I like the look of the dual T5's providing 48W as in the AquaticLife unit.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:59 PM   #2
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So I guess I'm also looking at the AquaSun T5-HO Double Light Linear Fluorescent Hoods, which is a little cheaper than the AquaticLife unit, though do need to then factor in the cost of a pair of bulbs. Still ends up running a pair of 24W bulbs so gives the same output.

Does anyone have experience with the AquaticLife or AquaSun units?
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