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Old 01-01-2006, 02:31 AM   #1
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55 gallon reef rethinking

Thanks for the input people it helped alot. I have done some thinking and Im going with the sand bed and I have made some other changes.Here is what im thinking now.

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I plan on disstilled water and Caribbean Live Rock "uncured"40 lbs. I changed the lighting hoping to keep some higher light corals and way later an Anemone. Also changed the skimmer.Could some please tell me if I am planning correctly.Any input would be great I plan on ordering at the end of the week

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Do you plan on any type of mechanical filtration? LS, LR and aggressive skimming will be great filtration for you. However, if you are going that route you will need to up the LR by about 50-60lbs.
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btw the via aqua only for use in FW.
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90 lbs is a pretty deep sandbed. :|
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Not according to the sales literature:

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90 lbs is a pretty deep sandbed.
Not really. I have about 100lbs in my 72 and it is only a 3 inch bed.
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90lbs will be like a 3" sandbed its fine. You need more live rock 50-60lbs. I would get a better heater dont skimp on this, tronic or ebo jager heaters are very good.

Also I would invest into a refractometer instead of the hydrometer.

My heater I only have 200watts tronic never had a problem. But maybe I should go with 2 150w heaters. A good heater Never go cheap on this.. Cheap heaters in time can stick if they do your in trouble. Tronic heaters when they break they just wont work no more, I hope you understand this.
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