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Old 09-26-2012, 12:36 AM   #41
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The light looks good, I have a pulsing Xenia soft coral. I have a deep blue solar max with 10,000K lights, seems to be enough, and the Xenia is doing well. I'm not huge into corals, so I'm not sure what all soft corals that light will support.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:38 AM   #42
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And I second baron about the tuxedo, the spines would actually be a major deterrent for most fish. I need to stop being lazy and post some pics of my tanks and the inhabitants.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:12 PM   #43
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Is this a good protein Skimmer?

Amazon.com: Aquatop PSE1 Hang-On Protein Skimmer w/ UV + Power Filter: Pet Supplies

Only one review. I was going to use a

Protein Skimmer for Saltwater: Aquarium Systems SeaClone Protein Skimmer at Petco

but a lot of bad reviews on it, so hell no. I like the 89.99 price tag on the other one and the UV light seems cool. If that's not a good skimmer than what is and it's only for a 29 gallon tank with dwarf lion and hawkfish.

Also this kit is on sale for 15 dollars my Local Fish store. Good pick up to get my tank rolling?

http://www.amazon.com/API-Saltwater-..._petsupplies_1

Also this is the filter I plan on using. Everything good to go? Just wanting to make sure things are good before buying. :-p

http://www.amazon.com/Hagen-A207-Flu...eywords=Fluval
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:22 PM   #44
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I personally use Reef Octopus Protein skimmers, have one on each tank. one tank has a sump filter, the other has a Marineland canister filter, similar to the Fluval you are interested in, only rated for more gallons. I definitely would have gotten a Fluval 6 series if they had them at the time. It's a great company. You are saving some money, but not as much as they say you are saving. see how much they sell them locally, and make sure it's a 6 series and not a 5 series. 6 series is the newer model, and Better technology. Look also in the price of a HOB Reef octopus. I like mine, but that is just my opinion. Also, what kind of substrate( sand) are you going to use?
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:25 PM   #45
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Another thing, if you are new to the hobby, have your LFS test your water for you. You will be investing a good amount of money, so I would let someone with experience test your water to make sure everything is good. My LFS tests mine for anywhere from 50 cent to $3.00 depending on the test.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:43 PM   #46
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I heard the petco one (seaclone) was horrible...I think reef octupus would be your best bet. I use Aqua Medic Turbo flotor and it pulls out so much gunk, but I think you're looking for a cheaper skimmer. I don't think that having your LFS test your water for you is a good idea. Get the standard API saltwater test kit so you can do it yourself, especially with an emergency or when you're monitoring your cycle every few days you wouldn't want to drive back and forth to the store to get some tests. Plus you might be tempted to buy something when you go to the lfs for testing
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:56 PM   #47
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Hey Obscurereef

That test is on sale at my LFS for 15 dollars, so I will pick that up easily!

If you click on the link for that Fluval it's the 6 serious. At all my LFS they are 139 dollars at jacks, 110 dollars at petco, and so on. That is the cheapest I found them.

Also I read up on the skimmer and a lot of people say it's good. I found more reviews. I am going to go with it because I only got a 29 gallon and the Reef Octopus are for 100 on up. This is the website for it with more details.

PSE1 Power Protein Skimmer (HOB) w/ UV + Power Filter

A youtube video.

PSE1 200 Gallon Protein Skimmer - YouTube

So I think it will work, it looks like a new product. Better reviews then the Petco one. lol

I was planing on never doing my own salt mix, with my LFS selling water, I though that would be the best way to go for water changes. A few dollars a week will not kill me. I always did five gallons water changes when I had my freshwater. My freshwater tank was going good and everything healthy until I decided to mess things up and stress my Clown Loaches myself. I do plan on taking my water for testing to "The Reef" in Indianapolis after I cycle my tank and make sure everything is ready to go!!
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:00 PM   #48
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Than again, I might find it easy to do my own water changes. I have well water and I don't know about that. Does anyone else just buy the water?

"The Reef" and "Jacks" will test my water for free. :-p Had them do it many a times for me with my freshwater. Like I said I added something new to the tank (A fake tree stump with more opening and hiding places) and removed the old decorations my clowns loved hiding in. They looked really scared when I did that, but I thought they would be fine after they found the new hiding space, they stayed on the bottom of the tank in the corner for all day without moving. Than I saw the white spots on one, started treating than the other got it. Both were dead in days. My water tested fine too, and my strips I used looked fine as well. So live and learn.
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I think I changed my mind. I might go with this for a skimmer. I am reading way more good things about this skimmer.

Coralife Super Skimmer Needle Wheel Protein Skimmers at PETCO
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:48 PM   #50
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That is a good skimmer. I just went with a Reef octopus, mainly because the ease of cleaning out the collection cup. I also feel coralife makes great products, especially lighting systems.
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