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Old 05-03-2014, 07:11 PM   #11
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Completely do-able. I planned my 55 based on a budget of $500, and it would have worked. Except I wanted a couple of pricier things.

Alright, so here is what I would do.
Lighting: Tao Panel. Cheap, good, perfect. $120
Flow: Jebao WP-10 or 25. You can get 25's cheaper then 10's on amazon. $50 second hand, $60 new.
Skimmer: Reef Octopus HOB: bh-100 = $139.99
Rock: Marco Rocks or Reef Rocks: 40lbs = $80, you can pry do 30lbs =$60 if you are upgrading the 10 to the 44 and not keeping it.
Sand: $8 a 10lb bag down here. = $32
Filter: AC-70 or AC-110= I think you already have one. Unless you want to go sump, someone is pry better then me.
Heater- 200watt = $76
Total= $507
I think I'm not missing anything...

I don't really like that footprint, its your opinion though. I've read it limits fish too, sorry.

Thanks for all the info! I think I have a heater big enough. How much live rock?
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I think a flame would be fine
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I think a flame would be fine

Sweet. My favorite dwarf angel. Thanks!
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:17 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the info! I think I have a heater big enough. How much live rock?

1-1.5 pounds per gallon is for rock. You don't need any, only for Coraline seeding which you can get from your 10.
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Ok. It won't hurt the cycle? I probably want to keep the 10.
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Ok. Thanks. Flame angel?
I wouldn't put an angel in a tank that's under two feet long, as they are open water swimmers. That is just my opinion.

Also it is a risk to put them in a reef as they may nip your corals and harass other fish since your tank is moderately sized.
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The tank isn't under 2 feet long if I read the dimensions right but I could've just read them completely wrong. If it's under 2 feet than yeah I wouldn't do the angel.
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Can I have a link to the correct Tao panel please.
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I wouldn't put an angel in a tank that's under two feet long, as they are open water swimmers. That is just my opinion.

Also it is a risk to put them in a reef as they may nip your corals and harass other fish since your tank is moderately sized.

Well, I wouldn't call them open water swimmers because they would require a much larger tank. Like Tangs. LA has them at 75 but we know they are fine in smaller systems. They are simply active swimmers, not open water. They don't need 6+ feet of swimming room.
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Ok. It won't hurt the cycle? I probably want to keep the 10.

No, it may take longer though.
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