As most of you know, my experience with salt water involves a mask and flippers. I am an idiot when it comes to SW
With that in mind, I want to learn more. I have read post after post, but I am a hands on learner. I decided I want to set up a 20 gallon (why 20, because I have it) LR
tank with maybe some crabs/shrimp but no fish. Eventually, maybe some coral, but who knows, this is a live classroom for me.
What do I need to set up a tank of this order?
Tank: 20 Gallon
Lights: Probably DIY compact fluorescent in a DIY hood. What kind of watts per gallon and how long do you run the 10Ks and the actinics?
Filtration: I understand LR
is the biological, without fish do I need mechanical?
Heat: What temp serves LR
: Probably 2" "live"
Powerheads: 2 Maxijets (also have)
Skimmer: Is it necessary? If not, what needs to be done?
You know it was you guys that corrupted an innocent FW
guy like me to learn more about SW
. I will eventually set up a large tank, but not until we move in a couple years to our "final" house. Our current house is only 3 bedrooms, so when we have our second child (I suppose we should have our first before that) we have to move. A man cannot give up his computer room and be expected to keep sanity.