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      Christianís 20 gallon long build

      Alright guys, I recently moved to Washington but I figured I’d stay active on this forum since there isn’t much going to the hobby up here. So I threw together a reef tank with only equipment I already had lying around the house, with the exception of the 20 gallon long that was a birthday present.
      Equipment:
      20 gallon long
      The light on the left side is an LT professional light that I bought from pet kingdom about 3 years ago but never used.
      The right side is a kessil A80 with about 15 days of use.
      2 random powerheads I had in a box
      Aquaclear 50 HOB filter
      100W heater
      My apex system with temp and pH probe.
      3 gallon ATO
      3 head doser that I plan to setup when i start to add coral.
      Livestock
      16ish pounds of rock.
      1/2” of sand
      I’ve got a HOB skimmer but I don’t plan on using it, as it’s too bulky.
      I plan on adding
      Clownfish
      Cardinalfish
      Yasha goby pistol shrimp combo
      Couple sexy shrimp
      Pom Pom crab

      I plan on adding fish and corals after the cycle hopefully around the beginning of February. Want to do some low cost SPS but not sure if the lights will support so will most likely go zoas, mushrooms and a torch or two. I’ll keep you guys updated as it goes!





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      alright guys, I need some help. after further review, it looks like i'll be spending a longer time in the Washington area than I anticipated. that being said I'd like to turn this into an SPS tank. I've changed the lighting to 4x36" T5s and will be running ATI bulbs. 1 aquablue, 2 coral plus and 1 purple plus. I may adjust the bulbs based on coloring if I need to. I've also considered drilling the tank to add a 10 gallon refugium, mainly because my fiancť really wants a mandarin. I've also debated getting rid of the small powerhead on the left side of the tank to add a protein skimmer. The HOB filter is already just a media basket that will either have chemipro elite or chemipro blue. I don't want to run all 3 of these since I feel like that would suck all my nutrients up without the coral actually getting a chance. what would you guys suggest? I'm open to any combination or singular option. thank you guys!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Christian View Post
      alright guys, I need some help. after further review, it looks like i'll be spending a longer time in the Washington area than I anticipated. that being said I'd like to turn this into an SPS tank. I've changed the lighting to 4x36" T5s and will be running ATI bulbs. 1 aquablue, 2 coral plus and 1 purple plus. I may adjust the bulbs based on coloring if I need to. I've also considered drilling the tank to add a 10 gallon refugium, mainly because my fiancť really wants a mandarin. I've also debated getting rid of the small powerhead on the left side of the tank to add a protein skimmer. The HOB filter is already just a media basket that will either have chemipro elite or chemipro blue. I don't want to run all 3 of these since I feel like that would suck all my nutrients up without the coral actually getting a chance. what would you guys suggest? I'm open to any combination or singular option. thank you guys!
      Christian,
      Glad to see youíre still in the hobby man. I would definitely recommend keeping the powerhead and even adding a second controllable one like a low cost Jebao. Along with that, Iíd try out a hang on fuge before a small protein skimmer. I feel like youíre going to have better luck going that route.
      Good luck with the new setup 👌🏼

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