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freshwaterfish007 10-17-2013 12:05 PM

Fish Only Tank
I am going to have my 37G rectangle fish only tank starting up in the next 3 months, my plans go like this:
Tank: 37 G rectangular tank
Filters: Penguin 200 Bio Wheel and API Nexx 55gal or Filstar XP Small (please give me feedback on which canister filter is better)
Lighting: LED: 42 white / 3 blue
Heating: 200W submersible heater
Protein Skimmer: Coralife Super Skimmer Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer 65 gallon or SeaClone Protein Skimmer 100 (once again please leave feedback on which one is better)
Powerhead: Not sure what amount I need, please recommend
Substrate: 5-7" sand bed, which sand is the best? does it have to be live if I have sandsifting inhabitants, please help me here
Decor: Coral inserts
- 2 Pink Skunk Clowns
- 1 Yellowhead Jawfish
- 1 Citrinis Goby
- 1 Colored Filefish
- 1 Firefish
- 1 Green Chromis

Please give me any advice on this tank and recommend products that I am in need of answers for, thank you !

badxgillen 10-17-2013 10:05 PM

A question before recommendations, are you going to have a sump?

badxgillen 10-17-2013 10:06 PM

I would also get multiple chromis as it makes for a more impressive view and it becomes more difficult to add more later on once the hierarchy is formed.

freshwaterfish007 10-17-2013 10:08 PM

no sump, and ive heard more than one chromis will become one because they are aggreesive towards each other

badxgillen 10-17-2013 10:10 PM

I might go with a grade of substrate slightly coarser than sugar sand as I find the really fine stuff gets pushed around by the circulation pumps. Speaking of circulation pumps there are a lot out there but I use ,without incident, maxi jets,koralias,hydors, and you can't beat a vortech but man they are pricey.

badxgillen 10-17-2013 10:12 PM

If you can run the coral life skimmer it will do a much better job than the seaclone.I always have to mod the seaclone to get a good seal and skim.The corallife has a easy adjust dial that even my kids can fix.

badxgillen 10-17-2013 10:13 PM

I am not a fan of canister filters in the marine part of the hobby but if I did have ot run one for media I would say the filstar.

Tazman 10-18-2013 08:17 PM

I would look at a clean up crew as well, shrimp, snails and hermit crabs. They will be essential to help keep the tank clean.

Another circulation pump to consider is Sicce, they are low profile and powerful, budget ones though maxijet and koralia. If you can afford the Vortech, drop me a pm with your address so I can come steal it, those things are awesome :-)

TAKE IT SLOW as well, there is no need to rush into things, taking your time allows the tank to settle after each addition. ASM is also a brand of skimmer you might consider as well.

beaslbob 10-23-2013 01:26 PM

I would start the tank with macro algaes like caulerpa profilera right from the start.

that will balance out and stabilize the system making it much easier to maintain.

my .02

badxgillen 10-23-2013 04:34 PM

Yeah macro can help start a tank up right quick, nab some if you can.

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