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    Congratulations, Allison! I am pleased that your tank is up and doing so well. Also happy I played a small role in helping you. Anything further I can help with, just ask.

    Merry Christmas, Allison.

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    Thanks for the update, Allison.

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    Hi Allison,

    How are things going? Haven't heard from you for awhile. Just wondering.

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    Hi Allison,

    Thank you for being candid with me. Do you attend the school where the tank is being kept? Did you read the article I directed you to? What kind of light is on the tank? How quickly must you get this tank up and running?


    You should be aware that the capacity of the 20 gal is quite limited.
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    Hi Allison,

    I have to be better about checking my messages, sorry.

    I don't mind helping you. I will direct you to articles that will teach you, besides the advice I give you here. You do realize this is a huge subject, don't you? Learning it quickly is nearly impossible. There are two things I want you to do. One, Here's is my toll free number 888 745-0449, you need to program it into your cell. Some times I may want you to call because typing all this out is very time consuming. Plus, it's easier explaining some things in person. Second, you need to inform me of your age (approximate is fine). You'd be amazed at the number of parents that call me about the advice I've given their 13 or even younger kid. So, need to know.

    Do not use undergravel filters. They are very problematic. Yes you need water movement. I usually don't recommend this type of filter but, in your case I think it might be best. A hang on the back filter (HOB) should be OK for what you are going to keep in this tank. I haven't used one in 30 years so, not familiar with brands. I have a call in to CarmieJo for recommendation on that.

    Heater of 100W should be good. Make sure to spend a little more money and get a submergible heater. Jeagher is the brand I use but there are others.

    Now for some extracurricular reading. You need to understand the "cycle" that happens in every aquarium. Eric Borneman gives the best explanation here - Building of a Reef (tank). Please read it and get back to me.

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    Hi Allison,

    There are many choices of filtering a reef tank, most of them wrong. I'm glad you've chosen to join TR and ask questions before you follow advice from most local fish stores (LFS). The right filter will do several things, add volume to your system, aid in the conversion of Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate to a harmless substance, allow you to grow Macro algae in it to help export excess nutrients, allow for the growing of Copepods for enhancing your tanks live food supply and more. Only one system can do all that, a sump/refugium. With those thoughts in mind, what are your ideas as to what you want to keep in your reef.

    As far as lighting goes, that to depends on what you want to keep, in terms of coral. I'll address that when you get back to me.

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