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Old 08-19-2009, 08:31 PM   #1
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Hello everybody

Hello everybody, I am new here. My wife and I have just recently started on this hobby or saltwater tanks. We recently started a 10 gal 2 months ago and we have had no issues and everything has worked great!.

We are ready to get something a little bigger and need your advise.

We are planning on setting up a 38 gallon tank which is about 36" wide I think. In this one I want to have fish, and some anemones and possibly corals. What lighting do you think would be good. I was thinking something T5.

Any advise would be great.

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Old 08-19-2009, 08:37 PM   #2
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Well, your a far way from nems because they need tanks to be mature, and usually thats about 5-6 months once the tank has been established. Corals and fish are all doable. And yeah, T5 lighting would be great for a tank like that.


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Welcome to AA!

I agree that you will need to likely wait to add any nem. Also for lighting I'd think 6 bulb T5 or halide is the way to go. Not sure though...
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Yeah i was thinking the same thing, but since its a smaller tank, do you think they could get away with smaller light? Maybe like a 2 bulb PC fixture and a 2 bulb T5? Idk.. it really all depends on what they want.
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Thanks for the advise so far. I know its hard to take on a hobby like this and try to keep cost down. Does anybody know of a good website where I can get the most bang for my buck?

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Always try Craigslist first, seems to be an aquarists dream lately.
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WOW! I just did a search in charlotte, NC and you have the mother load of equipment at your dispersal for good prices on craigslist. Its only a 7 hour drive for me...I might go instead...lol
just go to craigslist.org and search "aquarium"
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Aquacave.com is a nice place. Plus their shipping is like 4$. Theres other places like marineandreef.com that have free shipping for orders over 150$ Premiumaquatics.com Just some places i can think of off the top of my head.
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Yeah i was thinking the same thing, but since its a smaller tank, do you think they could get away with smaller light? Maybe like a 2 bulb PC fixture and a 2 bulb T5? Idk.. it really all depends on what they want.
The shorter the bulb, the lower the output. A Nem is going to require quite a lot of light.


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Has anybody had any experience with anything like this? Do you guys think this would work for what I'm trying to eventually accomplish
Coralife 24 Inch Aqualight W/ 2-65W Straight Pin Base And 2-3/4W Lunar Blue-Moon-Glow LED Lamps Images

or will this work better?
http://www.aquabuys.com/page/aqb/PROD/nov_4x_36

what do you think about using two of these?
http://www.aquabuys.com/page/aqb/PROD/nov_2x_36_sw I guess it would be the same as the one above. 4x36?
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