20 Gallon Reef Tank

20 Gallon Reef TankMy 20 gallon reef was officially set up May 26th 2016; however some of the livestock and live rock were taken from my 5.5 gallon reef to start and I had pre-cycled the rest of the live rock. The tank has a custom built wooden canopy and two built in refugiums. I’ve learned from my previous reef tanks and avoided making the same mistakes.

NanoReefUndersideCanopy Similar to my 5.5 gallon reef, the wooden top is divided to allow for an alternating light cycle over the built in refugium. This top does a better job of blocking the light from the refugium at night though, so there is little to no light that shows in the main part of the tank at night. For the refugium light, I just used a screw in 6500k fluorescent bulb that I got at a hardware store. There is also a small fan in the canopy because something I learned from the 5.5 gallon tank is that water condensation builds up very quickly without a fan in the wooden canopy. I ended up painting the inside of the canopy white after the picture to the right was taken.

NanoReefDualRefugiumThe two built-in refugiums are divided into two sections, a part for the pumps and heaters, and the other part has chaeto, live rock, sand, and miracle mud. I ended up having one refugium for cheato and the other I use for live rock. I do regret not making them more accessible, because in order to access them I need to remove the whole canopy to do so.

I also use a smart plug for my pumps since it’s easier to turn them off during feedings that way. Also, I programmed the plug to turn on every hour, that way if I forget to turn the pumps back on after feeding, they will come on automatically.

Hardware:

Heaters: Aqueon Pro 100 x 2
Pumps: Rio+ 800 x 2
Lighting: Current Orbit Marine LED (The exact light I use looks like it’s been upgraded by Current to this Current USA Orbit Marine Aquarium LED Light)
Filtration: 2 Built in Refugiums w/ Live Rock, Live Sand, Chaeto, and Reef Miracle Mud
Algae Scrapper: Mag-Float Small
Kasa Smart Plug TP-Link

Corals/Animals:

Scarlet Red Hermit Crabs
Trochus Snails
Nassarius Snails
Fighting Conch
Spiny Ninja Star Snails
Cerith Snails
Brittle Star
Candy Cane Coral
Pulsing Xenia Coral
Kenya Tree Coral
Duncan Coral
Mushroom Coral
Acan Coral
Chalice Coral
Yellow Leather Coral
Zoanthids
Flame Angelfish
Ocellaris Clownfish
Yasha Hase Goby
Candy Cane Pistol Shrimp
Cleaner Shrimp
Mandarin Dragonet (Sadly died July 2020 after 7 years)

Flame Angelfish
Flame Angelfish
Full Tank Shot
Full Tank View
Fighting Conch
Fighting Conch
Spiny Ninja Star Snails
Spiny Ninja Star Snails
20 Gallon Reef Tank Side
Side View
20 Gallon Reef Tank
Side View
Yellow Clown Goby
Yellow Clown Goby
Yasha Hase Goby and Candy Cane Pistol Shrimp
Yasha Hase Goby with Candy Cane Pistol Shrimp
Mandarin
Blue Mandarin Dragonet
Candy Cane Coral
Green Candy Cane Coral
Pulsing Xenia Coral
Pulsing Xenia Coral
Acan Coral
Acan Coral
Mandarin Dragonet
Mandarin Dragonet “Bruce”
20 Gallon Reef
Rearranged Corals