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Old 02-19-2017, 09:57 PM   #1
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20gal reef tank

Hey everyone. I'm new to saltwater tanks and just started my first one 2 weeks ago. At this point I have some trochus and blue hermits which both seem to be doing fine. Eventually planning on putting more along with some clownfish and some corals.
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Old 02-20-2017, 10:55 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to the forum! Not knowledgeable in saltwater, but hope whatever you're planning goes well
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:11 AM   #3
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Got any pics of the tank? Lighting specs? Filtration? More details on the whole system!
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I am currently using a bak Pak bio filter and skimmer and a aqualight - s. Both seem to be working really well. Love the light. Also have a small powerhead and heater. Click image for larger version

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Old 02-24-2017, 08:31 AM   #5
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I just added 3 clownfish yesterday! They seem to be doing well. I fed them once and they were eating so that's a good sign. Looks like I got all juveniles so maybe I can get a breeding pair! Finger crossed.Click image for larger version

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You'll want to remove one, clowns need to be kept to 2 at most in this size tank or they'll eventually kill one off
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.... good to know.
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Old 02-24-2017, 11:32 AM   #8
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All small clowns are juvenile males. As they grow there will be a bit of a dominance battle and the strongest one will continue growing and turn female becoming dominant. The male will stay smaller and become sub dominant.
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Yeah I knew that I was just thinking that if you had one female and two males it wouldn't be that bad.
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In a large enough tank a clown harem can work but in such a small tank there isn't enough territory and the non paired up male gets singled out. You could get lucky and they could all co exist but I wouldn't count on it.

Plus with 3 fish you're close to stocked. Do you really only want 3 clowns?
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Since this is my first tank, yes. My plan is to add a coral or two, like a Xenia, and learn from this tank. Once I get everything figured out I will probably move up to a larger tank.
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Just wanna share this since I think it's so cool... I was watching my fish after work and unnoticed two of them together and one started shaking, like a seizure. Found it it was a show of submission but it was really cool to see.
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