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Old 08-17-2012, 06:28 PM   #11
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There have been people who have modified the lids on the biocubes to fit an LED unit. It depends on the amount of space available really.

While you work on figuring that out, you need to address that algae issue you have going on. It will smother corals.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:37 PM   #12
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A RODI Unit should be your first investment, if you continue to use tap water, you will never have a reef system that you can sit back and enjoy. It is a labor of love but with tap water it will always be a labor of labor, you will at some point give up because the Mainteance will out weigh the pleasure.
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Okay, I really appreciate these responses. Thanks to all who are spending so much time helping a newbie... I'm actually shocked at how much better advice I'm getting on here than I get at my LFS.

If I have a choice between halide and LED lighting, what might be some reasons for choosing one over the other? I guess with metal halide lighting, I'd need a chiller, right? Would LED lighting be enough? I'm looking at other hoods that would fit my JBJ nano, and I'm seeing they have an LED (28 Led Intermediate Nano Cube - 29 watts | MT-603-LED | 940005101152) and a metal halide (28g Nano Cube HQI JBJ) version. Would either of those be sufficient, or would one be a much better choice than the other?

Regarding an RO/DI system, are they all fairly similar in terms of quality, or are some of them really inferior to others? Any recommendations?
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:30 PM   #14
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Okay, I really appreciate these responses. Thanks to all who are spending so much time helping a newbie... I'm actually shocked at how much better advice I'm getting on here than I get at my LFS.

If I have a choice between halide and LED lighting, what might be some reasons for choosing one over the other? I guess with metal halide lighting, I'd need a chiller, right? Would LED lighting be enough? I'm looking at other hoods that would fit my JBJ nano, and I'm seeing they have an LED (28 Led Intermediate Nano Cube - 29 watts | MT-603-LED | 940005101152) and a metal halide (28g Nano Cube HQI JBJ) version. Would either of those be sufficient, or would one be a much better choice than the other?

Regarding an RO/DI system, are they all fairly similar in terms of quality, or are some of them really inferior to others? Any recommendations?

They will both work great the difference is the halide lights will run hot and cause your water temp to raise..this already seems to be another issue your currently having .. leds will not have the impact on water temp as much as those.. both give shimmer effect you will a big differnce with that.

The LEDS will be more cost effective as well no lights to replace every year save you 50 dollars .. and will save money in terms of your electric bill..
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I've got the hqi model and yes it does run hot. I keep the lid open with two little clamps that I got. I do love it and my corals are having no issues.
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I would get your RODI unit off a known supplier, I like The Filter Guys but there are others. My first unit was from a Ebay type of site and I had nothing but troubles with it, plus it had very cheap filters that did not last long. Second one was from The Filter Guys and the quality was much better. In a small set up things go bad and can get out of control much more quickly than in a bigger set up, thats why you can afford to take shortcuts, as with using tap water. Good luck
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I disagree with pc lights not being able to support corals hears my one year old aquapod 24 with pc

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I think the point was that PC isn't recommended for most corals, especially hard corals. But that doesn't mean they won't work for some corals in some situations. I think the underlying problem that started this thread was the use of tap water.
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I'd agree tap is no good ....
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Hey, thanks everybody! I'm going to buy a good RO/DI system and an LED hood for my tank. I'll ask my LFS to "babysit" the frogspawn until I get those in.

This is a great forum—thanks to everyone who gave me advice and suggestions... I'll definitely back with more questions in the future, and I'll post some tank pictures in a few months once things start working!



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