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Old 03-13-2012, 04:19 AM   #1
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So I'm thinking about setting up a small frag tank possibly 20 gallons or less my question is, is that I've never set up a frag tank can someone walk me through what I would have to do? Just looking at zoa colonies and other easy corals. thx!
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will this be an Independent system?
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Yes new tank with only small coral to grow
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anyone?
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Sorry,

Ya I would say a 20 gallon long would be great, are you wanting to do this on the cheap, or do you have a budget?
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I know a thing or two about frag tanks, what kind of info you looking for??
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For a stand alone frag tank Youll need a high end light. Going with medium or low quality isn't really an option since the goal of this tank is to grow corals and nothing else. I would go with a very low fish load. One fish should sufice with a single piece of LR for bio-filtration. Use the rest of the space to lay down egg crate. Make sure the eggcrate is raised off the tank bottom to make cleaning easier. Since there will be no skimmer or mechanical filtration I recommend 20% water changes weekly with a decent salt like IO.

For flow, thats depends on what you want to keep. SPS I would go with 2x 450gph korallias. LPS only 1. OR if you wanna drop the coin a single MP10. Since this isnt a display the flow does not need to be super high as there is no rock in the way to slow it down.
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:32 PM   #9
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i would like it to be a 20 gallon long but the lighting for that is hard to find i was thinking maybe just something small? like a 10 gallon? would i need sand in there also?

also the wife said im not allowed to spend alot...lol( i gotta listen to her since im still trying to get her to ok a 75 gallon set up)
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I know I'm gunna catch some hate mail for this one, but......

x3-4 of these... $7


x2 of these $12


I have x2 of the 6500k GE CFL bulbs over my 10g frag tank and I have my torch, bubble, kenya, brown polyps, GPS, and a little monti and birdsnest frag in there, I also have one of the bulbs off so the corals are just on one side..
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For a small frag tank you would be better off running BB. For Zoa's you really just don't need a super light. I ran a 24" pc on a zoa tank for about 2 years (standard 20 )and they grew like crazy.

I would add some LR for filtration but you best friend is going to be water changes, on mine I did 10% weekly with one 20% a month. I see no reason why you cant set up for under $150 and be sufficient enough to grow Zoos.
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i wanna try the LED market would this suffice?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/18-22-LED-Aq...item4601d44576
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also since there would be LR would it be ok to have 1 small fish in there?
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Yes, just make sure its reef safe
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Whoa...just realized how old this thread was...lol
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