20 Gallon Saltwater Stocking Choice?

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Hello, after keeping freshwater for a while, I've been thinking of starting my first saltwater tank. I have a spare 20g so I'll be using that. I would like to know if my list of fish is overstocked for the tank size. I'll be using a filter for a 30 gallon tank.

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-1 green chromis

-2 ocellaris clownfish

-1 watchman goby (or any goby that'll pair with the shrimp)

-1 pistol shrimp



Also, I would appreciate some beginner tips and beginner saltwater fish species. Thanks!

(I've posted this on the Aquarium subreddit but only got 1 reply)
 

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#WelcometoR2R!!! That doesn't seem unreasonable, but what is your plan for filtration? Do you plan to keep corals or any other livestock?
 

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Welcome to Reef2Reef!! You’ll love it here!

I like the stocking ideas! Simple yet fun beginner fish!
 
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#WelcometoR2R!!! That doesn't seem unreasonable, but what is your plan for filtration? Do you plan to keep corals or any other livestock?
I'll be using a filter from a 37 gallon aquarium kit so that should be enough. Not planning on keeping corals at the moment but might keep some smaller species when I become more advanced or when I upgrade this into a larger tank. If I could, I would add some sort of algae eater but I don't know if I could because of the tank size.
 
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Also, can I get a list of equipments that I will need for the tank but is on a budget? Current list is:
-Filter
-Heater
-Lights
-Marine salt
-Sand
-Protein skimmer probably

Also, I collected a bucket of sand from a clean ocean a few days ago and im wondering if I could use it for the aquarium after I sterilize it. There were a diverse amount of fauna such as fish, hermits, snails, clams, horseshoe, crabs, jellyfish, multiple species of sea birds, and probably a lot more. Thanks for the help!
 

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It is important to select a place to keep your aquarium. You want to make sure to have enough room to work around the tank. You should keep your aquarium away from door or windows which have a cold draft and avoid placing your tank somewhere that receives direct sunlight.
  1. Aquarium/Tank
    You need to decide where you want to put your aquarium, determine what size you want or may only have room for, whether you want an acrylic or glass tank, and choose a style that will best fit into the spot you have picked out to display it.
  2. Lighting
    The type of lighting you choose will be based on the type of system you have planned to set up, as well as what kind of livestock you will be keeping in it.
  3. Skimmers, Filters & Filtration Equipment
    Once again, what type of system you are going to set up will help you determine which kind of filters and filtration system to choose.
  4. Powerhead
    Depending on the size of your aquarium, the use of one or several powerheads is an excellent way to provide good water circulation throughout the system.
  5. Live Rock & Substrate
    Here you need to decide on what type of material you want on the bottom of the tank, as well as whether you want to start with a live or non-living medium. Live Rock plays an important role in a marine tank. Many marine animals, fish in particular, can be quite territorial. It is important to provide ample shelter or places where the animals can hide, sleep, and avoid potential problems with aggression from other tankmates in the confined space of an aquarium.
  6. Sea Salt Mix/Saltwater & Hydrometer
    Sea salts are what make an aquarium a saltwater or marine aquarium. Also referred to as a salinity tester, this item measures the specific gravity or salt content of the water.
  7. Heater & Thermometer
    For smaller aquariums one heater works well, but for larger systems the use of multiple units is advised. With stick-on, floating, multi-function remote digital sensor, and many other types of units to pick from, the material a thermometer is made of is an important factor when choosing one as well.
  8. Air Pump & Air Stones
    Only needed if you are going to run a piece of equipment that requires these items, such as a counter-current protein skimmer.
  9. Test Kits, Additives & Supplements
    For live rock and reef tank systems, calcium (a.k.a. limewater/kalkwasser) needs to be added. Other supplemental vitamins or additives that are beneficial to the health of certain marine inhabitants you may be keeping, such a iodine for crustaceans, are important as well.
  10. Maintenance Tools & Supplies
    This category includes having items on hand such as a various sized plastic buckets or containers, tank cleaning tools such as a siphon tube/hose, an algae scraper or magnet, as well as nets of different sizes, spare equipment replacements parts, and so on. A good way to keep track of what maintenance tasks you have preformed and when is to keep a log book or record of everything you do.
 

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I'll be using a filter from a 37 gallon aquarium kit so that should be enough. Not planning on keeping corals at the moment but might keep some smaller species when I become more advanced or when I upgrade this into a larger tank. If I could, I would add some sort of algae eater but I don't know if I could because of the tank size.

Do you mean a hang-on-the-back (HOB) filter? Have you thought about how often you plan to do water changes?
 
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