Setting up a small 20g
I want to set up a small 20gal with just live rock for now. I want to make sure I can handle the every day things before I add fish and hopefully work up to fans, invertebrates, and etc..
I want to just add about 20 lbs of live rock and have a ten gallon underneath. I have magnum 350 for my freshwater and wanting to experiement with what I can do with canisters. Since the tank will be small, would the H.O.T. magnum work?
If I get an overflow from the 20 to the 10 and have the canister filter and pump water from the 10 gal, up to the 20 gal. SO I can keep the UV, skimmer and heaters in the 10 gal hidden.
I don't want to mess with pumps and sumps yet. When I know I'll be living somewhere for more than a year, I'll get into bigger marine tanks with all the fixtures, but now it's like..."Can I?" stage.
I'd say go for it. I used a Magnum 350 for my 30g frogfish tank. You'll need to clean it a lot more often than in a freshwater tank. I'd say at least every 10 days. If you get a little algae or discolored water add some carbon every once in awhile. I know canister filters or any sort of filter gets a bad rap in salt water but they can be very beneficial if kept clean. All to often a dirty filter was the culprit to a difficult tank. Now it is all that much easier just to recommend people to stay away from them since people are indeed human and certainly have been known to veer off course of their cleaning regimen.
I'll tell you what I've got a 55 gal tank with 2 flourescents, a heater, and an ordinary filter made for a 55 gal tank... and my tank has never been so stable... I use to have an overflow to a 35 gallon with a heater, protien skimmer, live rock, and a sump coming back to the 55 w/ halides & vhos... but for some reason even after 8 months to a year it was up & down... just my experience... it could very well also just be because the tank has been around for 2 1/2 yrs and has developed an adequit bio filter in itself... dunno?
Hope you do well. If your results are good can you help me. so if you can post here http://fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=12113
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