Starting SW Tank [20G Long]

  1. cjgray

    cjgray Initiate Member

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    Hello,

    (New to this forum as you may have guessed lol :D hope this is the right place).

    Come here for some advise, i currently have a 20 gallon long clear seal tank sitting here empty and am debating about ideas on a SW tank. (Previously held trop community up until a few weeks ago).

    I have a lot of experience in fresh water having kept gar up to 13" so am no noobie as such to the hobby, But am when it comes to SW, I was hoping for some ideas on equipment and build ideas ie:

    Filter
    Substrate
    Coral or no Coral
    How much live rock
    What Fish
    Skimmer or no Skimmer

    My supply is quite endless as conveniently i work in a well established aquatics store.

    Thanks in advance and any help would be appreciated,
     

  2. mg13

    mg13 Well Known Member Member

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    hello, welcome to fishlore... yes lol.. fishlore is the BEST place to look when you have questions about fish.

    I love salt water aquariums, and i would really like one myself, but I have NO space, I am sticking to Betta fish.

    any way, if you don't mind, I would like to say my dream salt water aquarium setup. tell me what you think.

    Coral for sure.
    Nemos (clown fish)
    Dory (a Regal Tang)
    Lots of colorful fish...

    lol I would find more if i were in a pet store..

    lol

    sorry.. :)

    yes on skimmer. my dads friend has a huge saltwater aquarium an he uses that..

    I think i just proved how little i know...lol
     

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    cjgray

    cjgray Initiate Member

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    Someone has watched finding nemo a few too many times haha ;)

    thank you, love tangs too!
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Fishlore Admin Moderator Member

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    My thoughts in bold

    Filter - not needed

    Substrate - sand, Caribsea Aragonite is decent

    coral or no Coral - depends on lighting and water flow, you would need to research more here

    How much live rock - 1 to 2 pounds per gallon, depends on how "full" you want the tank to look

    What Fish - there are some smaller species like gobies, occellaris or percula clownfish might do ok - more ideas here: https://www.fishlore.com/small_saltwater_fish_tank_species.htm

    skimmer or no Skimmer - I would use a skimmer or be ready to do frequent partial water changes

    Also, look into getting a heater, a power head for circulation and an RO filter.
     
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    cjgray

    cjgray Initiate Member

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    Thank you for the help and ideas much appreciated :)

    coral or no Coral - depends on lighting and water flow, you would need to research more here - Light unit you can recommend?

    How much live rock - 1 to 2 pounds per gallon, depends on how "full" you want the tank to look - So looking at about £200?

    skimmer or no Skimmer - I would use a skimmer or be ready to do frequent partial water changes - Is there a skimmer and power head you can recommend?
     

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