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    Question Looking to Start

    Hi All.

    I have in the past kept freshwater. Am now looking to start marine. I want to start small ($$$). I have 2* 20 gal and need to know what I can do with them marine wise. Equipment needed etc.

    Current equipment -
    Fluval 204 with surface skimmer
    2*250gph powerheads
    Need lights ( would like to do a small reef)

    Look forward to some replies.

    Thanks
    Douglas

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    Well... You could use one tank as the display (main) tank, Have it drilled or use a hang-on overflow and use the other tank as a sump)
    You'll need some sort of pump to move water from the sump back to the main tank.. (depending on where you locate the sump in relation to the main tank will determine your pump needs)

    You're right with the lights, You'll need 'em! Depending on what you want to keep will determine your lighting needs. You can get some really nice power-compact setups for smaller tanks that might suit your needs..

    The 2 powerheads you have should be enough for your setup.

    As for other equipment, you'll need,
    - Heater (you probably have one?!?)
    - 20-40lbs of live rock
    - A skimmer
    - Some sand (unless you want a bare bottom??)

    That's about it really.. There is lots of equipment you *could* use but on a budget IMO that should get you up and running...

    Cheers,
    Chad

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    Hey Douglas, small world I see. I used to live in Grenville and currently work in Hawkesbury. We started off small also, a 29g tank and it was fairly easy to keep. You need to buy 20-30 pounds of live rock(which is the base of filtration), buy it from this online store(best quality), not some place like Big Al's. Your going to be real limited for lighting but something like this is what you'd be looking for lights
    You should not overload the tank with fish, maybe 2-3 small gobies and a few inverts will do. You can use the Fluval for running carbon and the powerheads for current. You might find as time passes you want to go bigger, now would be the best time to think about that as it is cheaper in the long run to go bigger now. Read alot and ask tons of questions and good luck, its a great hobby!

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    Hey Dark.

    Thanks for the reply and much needed info. When I go bigger I will still keep these tanks for other uses.
    This area is great to live in. Not quite Calgary or BC though.

    Chad.

    Thanks man. All I really then need is a skimmer, (Any suggestions?)
    the courage to dive into this new found passion! and the "bosses" approval.

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    Finding a skimmer for a nano tank can be a challenge.

    I ended up making my own driven by a Pro3 power-head for my 10G, but it's ummm interesting to tune.

    I might get some flack for this, but in a small tank, just about any store bought ps for a 60G or less tank would likely do fine.

    The CPR Backpack is nice, but expensive. A used Prizm would be fine for the set up and you could likely find one used for $50 - $75.

    They get bad press, but oddly dissapear almost instantly when posted for sale.

    Cheers!
    There is nothing so permanent as a temporary measure.

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    Thanks Krugar.
    int:

    Do you have pics available of your ps? Would like to see it to get some ideas. I trust it isn't patented or anything like that


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    I'm currently using a (modified) Prizm skimmer on my 65G and it seems to be working out fine.. Krugar is right.. People crap on the smaller-cheaper skimmers but for a small setup like the one you'll have it will be perfect.

    Cheers!

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    If you can find an used AquaC Remora they are great... It's what I'm using right now and it's amaizing how much crap it can get out of my water.
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    Thanks Guys.

    This info is great. Who needs a library anyway!:biggrinbo

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    If you can, go with a halide setup. you can go with a 175w and you'll be set for anything reef/fish.

    I'm selling my setup in the classified for a 2x175w for cheap.
    If you're interested in it, pm me
    Newbie in training

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