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Old 06-13-2017, 06:03 PM   #1
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New tank/ suggestions/ coral?

Hey, im new to the saltwater reef aquarium and need some advice. I have a basic 20G aqueon tank with about 13 lbs of live rock and 1 inch thick live sand across the entire tank. I used the stock heater that came with the tank and swapped the filter out for a stock filter that would come on the 50g aqueon tank. The tank has been up and running for about 3 months now and all my salinity, nitrates and nitrite levels have been fine. I have a clean-up crew that consists of 3 red leg hermits and 2 blues, with 2 bumblebee snails and a lawnmower Blenny. I decided to go with a Fluval 25W 250000k LED system. Seemed pretty basic for a beginners tank. I have already gone through the diatom algae stage and now I have white Copeopods inside the tank. I want to start with some corals but not sure what to start with. Am i ready for a few frags or do I need to do something else in preparation <<
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Old 06-13-2017, 06:24 PM   #2
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http://www.fluvalaquatics.com/ca/pro.../#.WUBxzGjyuM8 Is this the light that you have?

I have the same exact tank (20 long), but with a 5 gallon sump. You could start with some soft corals as your first ones, that's what I did. Any type of Xenia, GSP, mushroom, etc would likely be fine under that light, and require no extra work - other then keeping the GSP from taking over the tank, best to put on its own rock island if you prefer. However, I am not sure if you can get any more advanced corals under that light, some more experienced people will likely steer you in the right direction for that. Nevertheless, I had a standard fish only LED, and the xenia and mushrooms still liked it, so if that is the light you have, you should be good for awhile.

Also, just remember to clean the HOB filter often; they can lead to high nitrates if improperly maintained. I actually took the filter media out of my penguin 350, and just added live rock rubble so it was basically a overhead sump; still needed occasional cleaning tho.
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Old 06-14-2017, 04:41 PM   #6
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Mushroom corals or a kenya tree would be good
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Old 06-15-2017, 05:35 PM   #7
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yeah, thats the light. Im really just looking for the basic corals. Something easy for for beginners, like you said. Thanks all.
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If that light in the link is the one you have then you'll have a hard time. That one is aimed for freshwater plants which use a different spectrum than corals. If you have the Fluval Marine light then you'll be good with some lower light corals. Certain mushrooms, xenia, kenya trees.
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You could try some zoas to start. I know they are super hardy and lots of people have them in super low light areas. However, your best bet would be a nicer light; you could grow more corals not only now, but as you grow in the hobby and want to try some more advanced corals. There are a TON of softies that require virtually no extra work; but they will all need some quality of light.
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