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Old 01-08-2013, 11:36 PM   #1
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I am thinking about upgrading from a 29 gallon reef to a 65 gallon reef. I will be using that same stand it is on because it matches that rest of the furniture in my living room, and it is big enough. What would be the best way to do this with out losing any livestock?
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:02 AM   #2
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Do it ! What do you have now? Well, make sure you have all the plumbing, equipment, etc. ready to assemble in one day if you can. Plan things out basically. Have lots of buckets for fish, rock, coral and sand. A 30+ BRUTE trash can could work too (for fish, rock, water). Provide oxygen for the fish with airline tubing and pump. After everything is out just transfer everything over. The faster the better and leave the lights off until the morning of course so you don't stress anything. If corals are attached to rocks make sure you're not crushing them. Try planning the aquascape beforehand.
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Ok also what would be the best for of filtration because I do not have room under for a sump. Would a hong on back refugium and a protein skimmer work? Also I have an mp10 on my 29 would that create enough flow or should I get another one or an mp40?
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:22 AM   #4
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You could have a display refugium next to the DT (seen really awesome ones). Personally would skip a HOB refugium b/c it's too small to really effect nitrates and pretty expensive for just growing pods (which will colonize in your DT as well). If you can't have a canister filter either, then I'd recommend getting a HOB filter like aquaclear 110. You can use that for a HOB refugium if you want...and can add bags of carbon and GFO. Don't have an MP10, but I know they are pretty powerful. If you can afford the mp40 definitely get one.
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I'll probably go with the HOB filter and protein skimmer. I don't really want a tank on the carpet. I'll try my mp10 on there and see how it is. I might go with a BRS gfo reactor and just hang it on the wall behind the tank or something. What would be a good light for lps, Sps, some softies, anemone and clams? I'd like LEDs but if I can't find a good one for under 400-500 I'd probably go with t5s. What do you think?
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Understandable about not wanting the sump on carpet. I have a tarp under mine and there have been spills so glad I have it there. A cheap, popular light that are said to grow everything are Taotronics LEDs which you can get on eBay.
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Good thing u have that tarp there. I'll take a look at those LEDs and see what I can find.
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Is there a way to hang that fixture without drilling into the ceiling? If I get it and there is no other way I can go from the ceiling but is there another's way?
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This is an option. Pretty pricey though...Attach it to a pillar of your stand.

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That thing could work too! What about metal halides what do you think about them? Also thanks a lot of all the help!
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