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Old 04-07-2003, 03:49 AM   #1
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hard corals and sps

i currently have a 65 gallon without alot of corals in it. my present lighting is a 250 watt mh 12K sunburst bulb which i plan to change in the summer to either one 250w 6500k and one 400w 6500k or 2 250 6500k lights. so i think that my lighting will be sufficient to be able to keep some of the more hardy sps or hard corals. but as far as like calcium and other additives what are some info you guys can throw my way. because i think those corals are really cool but i just want to learn a little about them before i buy them. so any links or info would be appriciated.
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i plan to change in the summer to either one 250w 6500k and one 400w 6500k or 2 250 6500k lights.
What are the measurements of the tank? Will there be any actinic supplamentation? Most people don't like the yellow look of 6500K by themselves. If your going with 6500K, I highly recommend Iwasaki bulbs.

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Hmmm, I would recommend keeping your CA between 400 and 450 mg/l and your ALK from 2.0 meq/l and 4.5 meq/l, depending on the CA.As for other additives....I do not use any. I do regular waterchanges and drip kalk, nothing else.

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yeah as far actinics i currently have 2 36" NO's but after the lighting upgrede i was going to see how it looked and depending on that i was thinking about buying maybe 2 vho's for actinic. i'm still planning so any input is appriciated. oh yeah and i was planning on going with the Iwasaki bulbs bceause i heard good things abou them.
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I just recently got my lighting setup done. It is 2 400 watt MH 6500k Iwasakis and 4 48" actinic 03s. It looks awesome. I used spider reflectors and the mh shimmer like crazy. It looks really close to actual sunlight IMO. Corals are loving it too. Especially my devils hand. I use B-Ionic to keep my calcium up.
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B-Ionic on one tank and a calcium reactor on the other. Any two part calcium supplement should work for you
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