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Cleveland Clowns 01-22-2012 10:19 PM

Is a 10g refugium good enough to keep my 20g tank clear and healthy. I have no other filter running now. I just got my fugi going and worried about keeping the middle and bottom clean because my overflow is just skimming the top.

Mrc8858 01-22-2012 10:34 PM

Is it a sump/refugium or just a refugium either way id say thats good since a tank that small doesn't really need all the other types of filtration as a larger tank unless you are planning on corals which in that case a nano skimmer would be great

*edit* you do have something else moving the water too right? Like a powerhead or circulation should have enough flow that stuff does not really have a chance to settle on the floor

Cleveland Clowns 01-22-2012 10:48 PM

Right now no. I had a powerhead going but the lowest setting was too much. Ill have to pick up a small one soon. I just have the return from the fugi moving water now

Mrc8858 01-22-2012 10:49 PM

Is this tank just cycling right now or is it stocked at all because if its cycling then that's fine

Mrc8858 01-22-2012 10:50 PM

And go with a circulation pump instead something in the 500gph range should be good (depending on what you want as a final stock)

Cleveland Clowns 01-22-2012 10:56 PM

I have 2 clowns and 2 damsels. the pump from my return is making some movement in the tank but i will get a small circulator

Mrc8858 01-22-2012 10:58 PM

How old is your tank?are you doing a fish in cycle?

Mrc8858 01-22-2012 11:00 PM

And when those fish get larger in that size tank there's a good chance there will be some aggression issues...imo id stay away from damsels and chromis theyre lil demon fish haha

Cleveland Clowns 01-22-2012 11:03 PM

yeah, they are always zipping around causing trouble and kicking up sand. I plan on getting my 55g up and running in a few months

Mrc8858 01-22-2012 11:06 PM

So could you answer a couple long has this tank been running? How much LR do you have? And do you plan on going reef?

Cleveland Clowns 01-22-2012 11:14 PM

its a month old, the refugium is a day old, i only have about 10lbs in the 20g and 3lbs in the refugium of LR, with live sand.

Cleveland Clowns 01-22-2012 11:16 PM

Its been up for a month and the fugi for a day. i have 10lbs in the 20g and 3lbs in the fugi of live rock, with LS. I want to go reef

Mrc8858 01-22-2012 11:17 PM

Ok well I think you need to put the brakes on and start reading up on getting started again you should have 1-1.5 lbs per gallon of rock and have you read about cycling and the nitrate thing with a successful SW tank is patience

Cleveland Clowns 01-22-2012 11:18 PM

oops. thought that first post didnt work

Mrc8858 01-22-2012 11:19 PM

My current tank has been running about 3 months and I've just started stocking it a couple weeks you have a test kit?

Cleveland Clowns 01-22-2012 11:20 PM

I know need more rock, why start over when i can just add more rock. im not in a hurry to make a big reef tank. Im just making this 20g stable and established

Mrc8858 01-22-2012 11:21 PM

But back to your original question if you have that little rock and flow then your water parameters will almost undoubtedly become unstable quite quickly

Cleveland Clowns 01-22-2012 11:22 PM

All my test were good. a little high on nitrates-10ppm but they have been dropping.

Mrc8858 01-22-2012 11:22 PM


Originally Posted by Cleveland Clowns
I know need more rock, why start over when i can just add more rock. im not in a hurry to make a big reef tank. Im just making this 20g stable and established

I don't mean start you tank over I meant start over on the learning should read up on how to start and run a SW tank from start to finish before you go any further with you tank other then up your rock and circulation

Mrc8858 01-22-2012 11:23 PM

The last thing you want is to have a finished tank and hundreds maybe thousands tied into it just for it to get nuked by something that could have been avoided

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