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Old 05-03-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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Beginner with a 20 gallon saltwater tank


hey im new to TRT, i am wondering what do i need to make my 20 gallon tank to look kind of like the link i attached to this message?

and also im using crushed coral for the bottom and can any gobys filter it like they do to sand?

if i switch to sand instead of crushed coral and have 2 gobys do i need to clean the sand or will the gobys just do it. thanks
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:53 PM   #2
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welcome to TRT!

first, your 20g will take years to reach the level of the of the tank in the pic.

second, crushed coral is not siftable (is that a word?) for gobies, they need a fine grain sand like oolite or aragonite.

third, gobies will help but you will need to clean your sand. thats just as important as doing water changes. if you dont clean it, it will become saturated with detritus which will eventually turn into toxins and be leeched back into the water. i siphon my sand about every 5-7 days, stir it completely then too and do a water change then too.

what is your setup like (skimmer, sump?, lights, amount of LR)? how long has it been setup? what are your water params like (salinity, pH, nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, phosphates, alkalinity, calcium)?
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:57 PM   #3
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1. your tank is way too small to replicate that... maybe a tiny section of it...

2. can you give us some details on your setup? Equipment, maintenance schedule, stocking, etc... then we will be sure to help!


and it looks like a brand new tank... no coraline, sand is crystal clear, and looks like a bunch of frags.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:04 PM   #4
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i just started the tank its been up for a month, i have a filter, heater, fluorescent light, hydrometer which is at 1.022, and i have 2 small live rock im considering getting about 5 more small rocks and stacking them up on top of eachother and adding plants to it.
is it a good idea to stack the rocks and put plants on it? and what plants would you recommend?
i do 25 % water change every 2 weeks and use a gravel vac. and i change my filter every month
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:10 PM   #5
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by plants i ment like what kind of corals should i buy
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:10 PM   #6
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you are defiantly on the right track. Make sure you clean the filter often. You can start having algae problems from it. just a hint of warning...

2. coral... that depends on what type of coral you want to do. SPS tank, softies, LPS...

3. you need a minimum of 20 pounds of rock. And yes, stack the rock before you add anything. you can check out my aquascaping journey (in sig) for ideas...
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:27 PM   #7
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how do you suggest i stack them and i want my tank to have like bright corals and some cool looking ones what do you suggest?
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:28 PM   #8
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and also do i need alot of corals or will they spread from rock to rock? and how much did ur live rocks and corals end up costing?
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:02 PM   #9
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welcome to trt
what kind of light do you have that will tell you what kind of coral will do good i started my tank with soft corals they grow the fastest . i rushed in and lost alot so take your time at only a month your tanks still cycling some . so get all the rock you want let it run awhile before you get your corals. and as far as cost it's all different depends on where you get your live stock, i have bought alot off of craigslist for good prices alot of people get tired of the hobby and want out hope this helps have fun with your tank
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yes, we need to know what lighting you have.

And it looks like you need to do some more research! Look up the different types of coral... or look at this site

fish-supplies.cfm?c=597" target="_blank">http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/a...lies.cfm?c=597

look at SPS, LPS, softies and polyps and see what looks nice to you, and we can help base your tank off of that.
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:46 PM   #11
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in my 20g i have 37lbs of live rock, i would get as much as you can fit while getting the "look" you want. here are a few pics of rockscape ideas, i personally like the "2 islands" look but thats just me. the first pic is mine, the others just look good!
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heres a pic of mine as you can tell i like rock so it a personal preferance
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how many corals would i need? and would some corals spread from a rock to another rock?
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it's all up to you and yes some will spread faster then other in my pic the bluesh polyps only had about 10 heads in nov when i bought and now has alot more and has spread also
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:49 PM   #15
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what kind of fish are the nicest for saltwater tank and also a good reasonable price? i want some fish that are bright and eye catchers
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