Thread: Help with fish only setup
08-28-2014, 10:50 PM #1
Help with fish only setup
I want to set up a small (20 gallon long or possibly 29 gallon) sw tank and would like to start simple and work forward from there, so I need help figuring out FO setup.
I know I will need:
Hood / glass cover
Power head or circulation pump
I am considering a hood and light combo. The ones I have found that I like only have one bulb. I don't plan on ever having corals or anything that would have to be fragged.
For substrate I am considering aragonite sand.
I have an AquaClear HOB power filter that I would like to use with biomedia only (no sponge, foam or activated carbon).
Should I get a power head or a circulation pump? Will one be enough or should I get one for each end of the tank with the HOB in the middle?
Will I need a container of some kind filled with premixed saltwater with a heater and some kind of circulation to have on hand for water changes?
My goal is to start simple, simple, simple and as inexpensively as possible. I may eventually want to graduate to a FOWLR setup, but don't see myself ever wanting a reef setup.
Advice, suggestions, discussion?
08-29-2014, 12:58 AM #2
You forgot to mention quarried rock. Most here will tell you live rock, I'm not one of them...Life is tough, it's even tougher if your stupid.
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08-29-2014, 01:14 AM #3
If I am doing FO, do I still have to have the quarried rock?
08-29-2014, 01:33 AM #4
Umm I would get a filter rated for x3 what tank volume is if no rock, why not just get dry rock from lfs, or www.tbsaltwater.com? And let it aquaculture while in tank and get a couple pounds of LR later for the hitchhikers?
08-29-2014, 01:34 AM #5
And yes you'll need a container of premixed headed circulated sw on hand.
08-29-2014, 02:05 AM #6
08-29-2014, 02:23 AM #7
Yeah but not trying to argue but the rocks will make it simpler, tan just a hob filter or anything.
08-29-2014, 02:53 AM #8
08-29-2014, 03:05 AM #9
Because of the BB, and micro and macro organisms will filter water and provide food for inverts and smaller fish, also it keeps the paremeters stabler, and they will look nicer.
08-29-2014, 03:35 AM #10
They will look nicer? I think that would depend on the rocks and who's looking at them.
I guess I don't understand why I can't use the HOB filter that I already have and fill it with biomedia for the BB and to filter the water.