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Old 11-01-2003, 08:07 PM   #11
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well would a protein skimmer and live rock take care of the nitrate problem? What kind of filter should I have?
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Old 11-01-2003, 09:14 PM   #12
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the skimmer wont directly affect the nitrate levels but in theory it will help remove the organics that could eventurally break down to contribute to the nitrate problem.

Live rocks and a DSB are effective methods of nitrate removal.
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Old 11-02-2003, 11:16 AM   #13
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Once you decide which corals you like, and would like to have in your tank, post a question as to the needs or do some research. Even if you think they may be to difficult for you now, they may be easy as you get accustomed to keeping corals. Also, if you only like "softies", then you would't need to spend the extra money on MH lighting. I would research as much as you can by looking at pictures, looking at online vendors pictures of corals, and decide which ones you want to have. Go from there. Aquarium Corals is a great book to have if you are interested in corals. Hope this helps!
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Ok here's the corals I'm thinking about....pumping xenia, a toadstool mushroom leather, a brain coral, the button corals look cool, and so do the bubble corals, i saw an orange tube coral i liked. How many corals can I have in a 75 gal? I liked a lot of soft corals too.
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Looks like you are most interested in "softies" and LPS. You need to use at least VHOs, and I've included a couple of articles. The first is a good all around lighting article describing the various terminology and lamps. The second is a more advanced article on metal halide lighting for those that are intersted.

>>>Lighting the Reef Tank, a Primer for Beginners<<<

>>>Analysis of MH lamps and ballasts<<<
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Old 11-03-2003, 10:32 AM   #16
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Powercompact bulbs would also be OK for the corals you list. For a 75 gal tank I would venture to say 4 96W PC bulbs will be great or 4 110W VHO bulbs. Reguarless of the type of florecent have 1/2 of them 10K and 1/2 of them actinic.
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man i agree that while the lighting setup they are mentioning above would be good to keep what you have mentioned. i too was like you when i started out. i only wanted a FO tank, then i just wanted a few corals in my tank. so i bought pc's and a couple NO actinics. then i really got bit by the bug and wanted more and more. so i had to upgrade to MH and the pc's were just laying around. i would say go with the MH because: first its more intense light which your corals will appriciate and secondly you don't have to upgrade if you decide you want to keep SPS later on.
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