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Old 03-24-2004, 10:22 PM   #1
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Hello! I just bought my first aquarium today (well, I didn't get to take the actual tank home because I am having it pre-drilled at the factory but I brought home the cabinetry). I am totally clueless about the pumps, skimmers, etc. that need to go along with the tank; however, the guy at the fish place made a list of what I would need. I was wondering if some of you could tell me if you think they are good products. My tank is a 60 gallon cube, in which I plan on having corals, inverts, etc. Here is the list:

Berlin Sump 75
Excalibur 100 Skimmer
Mag 5 pump
Corallite 24'' Strip Light (2)
Maxi-Jet 1200 (2)

Does anyone know if these are good brands? Also, are 2 of the maxi-jets enough for my size tank?

Thanks for the input!
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Old 03-24-2004, 10:30 PM   #2
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Mag Drive pumps and Maxi-Jet power heads are some of the best in the business.

The strip light you mention is that a standard florescent fixture? If so it wont support coral youll need at least a pc or vho set up with 240 watts or more.

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The equipment is a good start. You will need 50-100lbs LR. Also the lighting recommendation is woefully inadequate for a reef. You will need one 250W or 400W MH either in a pendant or a hood. I suggest a pendant over the center of your cube with an open top so you can look down inside.
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Well Dolphin as you can see there are many ways to create a reef ( I also strongly agree with the live rock recommendation) and many more ways to not do it. I would recommend doing lots of research and talk to others who have successful reef systems (perhaps a local club is in your area)

You can never have too much information this site is a great start.
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Old 03-25-2004, 05:31 AM   #5
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2'x2'x2' cube? man i want one of those... <- me with envy
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The skimmer and sump are fine. You will definitely want to check into the lighting. If its a 2' deep tank and you want to keep any light demanding corals or clams etc then you will want at least a 250watt MH but even better a 400. Definitly look into the live rock it will aid immensely in biological filtration.
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Thank you all for the friendly replies!! In reference to the lighting, I don't exactly remembered what the man at my fish place said but I am almost positive that he said something about metal halide. I don't remember the watts, but he said that I would need two of the strips to support the reef. And, he did say that I should start out with approximately 50 lbs. of live rock.

I'm glad that the equipment is ok. I actually found some of what he said that I would need online at cheapcorals.com for a better price. Has anyone bought anything from there?

Thanks for your help, guys!

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Also, how many of the Maxi-Jets does everyone recommend for my tank size?
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2 maxi jet 1200s would work great.

And remember, 2 lbs of live rock per gallon is the best filtration money can buy!
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Thanks, Micheal!

I do have one more question for whomever may know. I live in Pensacola, FL and we have some incredibly beautiful beaches with pure white sand. Naturally I wanted to put this in my aquarium, but the guy at the fish place recommended buying coral sand instead. He said something about how if would keep the pH from dropping too low, or something to that effect. Would there be any other disadvantages of using my local beach sand?

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