20 Gallon Reef Tank

…and everything smaller!

Postby Perfectblue » 2006-06-17 14:43

Let me first start out by explaining how this tank came into play. Well as some of you may know I have had a 55 gallon FOWLR tank running for about 6-7 months which is great but I really wanted to try my hand at coral but didn't want to spend alot of money on upgrading my lighting so I decided to downgrade to a 20 gallon long. I originally had 4 fish in my 55 which consisted of 1 Firefish, 2 Ocellaris Clownfish, and 1 Sandsifting Goby but obviously I couldn't keep all those fish in a 20g tank so I only kept the Firefish. Don't worry the other fish found good homes with local reefers. :)

I transferred most of the sand from the 55 which gave me a nice substrate depth of 1.5" to 2" in some areas. I am going to install 2x65watt PC's which came from my Current USA fixture. I would maybe like to add another small fish sometime in the future, as well as a Cleaner shrimp. I placed both Maxijet 1200's in the tank and turned them on and imo it is too much flow for only softies and a few LPS so I will place them on timers so only one powerhead will be running at a time. I will list specifications but Everything is from my 55 gallon tank including the water.

Equipment:

20 gallon long tank (30"Lx12"Wx12"H)
DIY canopy with 2x65watt PC lighting installed
AquaC Remora protein Skimmer
2 Maxjet 1200's
11lbs of Fiji live rock
Roughly 30lbs of fine white sand

Inhabitants:

1 Firefish
1 Strawberry Crab
1 Whelk
1 Strombus Snail
2 Cerith Snails
4 Nassarius Snails
4 Astraea Snails

Future Coral Plans:

I will keep softies and LPS in this tank. My rough list of coral that I would like to keep:

Zoos
Mushrooms
Candy Cane
Frogspawn or Torch
Brain
Favia
Xenia

Canopy is pretty much finished but I still need to purchase a couple hinges and will probably install a fan. Here are a couple pics of the inside of the canopy.


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That is it for my introductory post on chronicling the process of my 20 gallon reef tank. Comments are always welcomed. :)
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-06-17 16:10

Looks good so far :) nice job on the DIY. very neat.

...but i think you forgot the tank pics :lol:
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Postby Kev » 2006-06-17 16:52

Pretty sweet DIY on the hood there, and I love the coral list.... a Brain (Open) and Favia (They have some pretty crazy green or orange onces at the LFS). In my opinion a fan would be a huge benfit to the tank :tup:
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-06-17 17:41

KittyKat wrote:Looks good so far :) nice job on the DIY. very neat.

...but i think you forgot the tank pics :lol:

I have to go to HomeDepot today to purchase a piece of Acrylic to place over the tank to protect the lights from splashing water. I will post some full tank shots by tonight, but I do have a few pictures showing the surface agitation when both powerheads are running.

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That is why I am going to be only running one powerhead at a time. When I have one powerhead running it creates even flow throughout the tank which should work out great, but running both at the same time is a bit much imo. Kev what are your thoughts on the flow issue? I was thinking of having one run for 12hrs than turn off and have the other one run for the next 12hrs and so on.
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Postby Kev » 2006-06-17 19:00

Haha.... Tornado season for your tank me thinks :lol2: Most corals would be pretty unhappy with that, I like the idea on alternating the powerheads.... maybe invest in a wavemaker timer bar?
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-06-17 21:18

I thought the same thing when I first turned them on, but yeah I am going to just alternate them. I should have a full tank shot posted soon.
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-06-17 22:08

Update: I finished the canopy and placed a piece of acrylic over the tank to prevent splashing water. I took some full tank shots with the canopy I built, and yes I know the right top board lifts up but hey this is my first DIY canopy.


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I still need to pick up a black background to hide the wires. :)
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Postby Kev » 2006-06-18 05:31

I love it, the aquascaping is awesome :o I can't wait to see this one frow :tup:
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-06-18 09:58

the bridge is amazing! Looks far better then the normal islands :tup:
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Postby Surface » 2006-06-18 13:04

I love the way you have your live rock set up in there!!!!! Everything is looking good, after vacation I am going to set up a larger s/w tank and will be playing 200 questions again with you and Kev, Im planning on doing a DIY light set up for it.
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-06-26 01:09

Update: The tank is doing good and I'm getting some good coralline algae growth. I have added a small Green Clown Goby which is doing well and is eating most of the foods I offer. I will be adding a few more snails to my tank and I should be adding my first coral to this tank soon. Here is a full tank shot and a few pictures of my Firefish

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Postby Surface » 2006-06-26 12:09

Your fire fish looks great, glad to hear the tank is coming along so well. :tup:
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-06-26 18:03

Wow - look at the colours - I LOVE the markings on the tail...

It's looking fabulous - can't wait to see more!
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-06-27 05:13

Thanks for the comments. A few pics I took of my snail.

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Postby KittyKat » 2006-06-27 08:08

hehe nice snail! looks like it was having fun :rolleyes: btw, nice pics of the firefish ^_^ the pattern on the tail is especially nice.
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