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Old 03-23-2005, 03:16 AM   #1
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Will this tank work?

I have a 20 gallon with a bio wheel 330 and a red sea protein skimmer meant for a 60 gallon. i put 4 lbs of liverock in. Do you think that i will be alright as far as filtering goes?

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It is good to start with. I am running a penguin 170, a fluval 104, a maxijet 700 and about 30 pounds of rock. You may want to get some more rock, if nothing else get base rock or lace to add to the tank and it will become lr too.
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Eventually you may want to lose the biowheel and use live rock for filtration, although that might be trickier in a 20 gal, since the rock will reudce your water volume further.

My tank is 30 gal with about 50 lb of LR and a 10 gal sump with macroalgae. I don't use any other type of filter, other than some filter fluff in my sump to trap particles. I still have a small nitrate reading (around 10) , which I reduce with water changes. I'm hoping that the system will mature and I won't have nitrate readings at all (my tank is only a month old).

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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-23-2005, 09:19 AM   #4
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That is a very good start. For better biological filtration I suggest putting in another 20-30lbs of LR. What substrate are you using?
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