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jacksmith1967 01-04-2012 07:39 PM

First Saltwater Tank 20 g
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I have just started my first saltwater tank. Here is what I have so far.

20 Gallon tank
20 lbs live sand
15 lbs live rock
20 Aqueon filter
Saltwater-my salinity is high right now-1.028
250 gph powerhead
8,000k full spectrum light

Still need:
api master testing kit

I also don't have a sump. Did I forget anything? I am hoping to get a CUC this weekend.
The tank has been set up for about a week. I was thinking in about two weeks I would add fish.
I want to get 2 clownfish and 1 yellow watchman goby. What do you guys think?
Here's some pictures
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what are the white strings on the rock?
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jacksmith1967 01-04-2012 07:45 PM

white strings on rock?
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sorry it won't let me upload more than one pic at a time. Here is the closeup of the white strings on the rock
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Nubster 01-04-2012 08:42 PM

Lets see...first get the salinity correct. That way you don't kill off the good things that are living in your live rock.

Probably need more water movement, another powerhead should do the trick. You want at least 10x turn over rate for fish only, as much as 25x or even more if you keep certain corals.

Personally I'd add more rock, get some base rock for cheap and it will seed and become live over time.

If you plan on corals you need actinic lighting. Might consider it anyways because it really makes the fish look better, IMO at least.

The tank might be cycling...did you get the live rock locally? There will be die off sometimes which will create a cycle, make sure to test the water before adding fish. That's all I see but otherwise looks good. Get the heater, get everything stable, and enjoy.

jacksmith1967 01-04-2012 08:49 PM

I am turning the tank over about 18x an hour right now.
120 gallons per hour with filter 250 with powerhead.
fixing salinity and adding heater tomorrow. Any idea what
the white strings are in the second picture.
Thanks for the help.

jacksmith1967 01-04-2012 08:52 PM

got live rock locally. working on lighting but kinda on tight budget.
Also one more question- On the filter should I leave the carbon filter
in or should I take it out. LFS said 15 lbs would be enough for
fish only tank.

onefish2fish 01-04-2012 09:44 PM

if its just carbon i would leave it in. if it has a filter pad with it, this needs to be cleaned every other day or it will cause problems, best without it.

the "white strings" appear to be mini feather duster tubes. these are worms that filter feed from the water and seem to come and go depending on food source.

actinic lighting isnt required for corals but makes them appear more pleasant in coloration. is this going to eventually be a reef? if its going to be fish only, a 14k bulb would be just fine.

get yourself a heater. i suggest jager.

welcome to the forum.

Reefing Madness 01-04-2012 09:47 PM

Old tube worms that have died left those tunnels.
You can't add anything to the tank until your tank has cycled. The ammonia build up will kill the CUC and the fish. Your looking at 4-6 weeks to cycle the tank. You need that test kit to tell you when its ok to add fish and a CUC. The CUC will come first after the cycle, then the fish, one at a time.

jacksmith1967 01-04-2012 10:58 PM

thanks for the help. I am going to do a fish only tank for now, maybe in the future I will
upgrade the lighting and go for corals. Right now I just want to get some experience.
when do you guys suggest I add the CUC?

jacksmith1967 01-04-2012 11:01 PM

o sorry just saw reefing madness post. Thank you so much for helping.

Reefing Madness 01-05-2012 12:09 AM


Originally Posted by jacksmith1967 (Post 940807)
o sorry just saw reefing madness post. Thank you so much for hel:thumbsup:ping.


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