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Old 05-21-2005, 01:51 PM   #11
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You should decide on the types of corals you wish to keep before deciding on what light to get.

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Old 05-22-2005, 07:10 AM   #12
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You should open up your wallet and see how much you have to spend.
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Thanks Steve --

I will look into that and let you know --

as for Saltydawgy - it is not a question on the money, thanks for your concern -- I am trying to make sure I do it right the first time -- I dont want to buy something and then have it die because I made an error
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well my advice is make up your mind on the coral first, because depending on wat type of coral u will have is going to affect your lights.As my experiences, make sure u buy the correct lighting the first time or u will waste insane amount of money.
here is an Eg.
for soft coral and some LPS that doesn't require intense lighting go forcheaper PC or VHO that has lower watts
(make sure you have both day light and atinic.)
for LPS , or anemone which need some wat intense lighting go for higher Watt lighting (this maybe not the best for anemone but it is enough to keep it alive)
If you are going for SPS or clame or even anemones need very intense lighting such as ritteri go for MH

depending on where you buy those lighting, PC can be range from $100-$400+ depending on the power and length.
VHO is a bit expensive than PC over all but the bulbs is cheaper than PC
MH is the most expensive one can range from $300-1k+
again depending on the watts and length and the number of light bulbs in it.
choose wisely, so u won't need to rebuy all your lighting later which might waste u way more money . HTH
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If you have nitrates all the time have you tested you top off water and new salt water for nitrates?
Are you using filtered water?? Or tap... this could be the cause of the NO3.
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Thanks for all the help and information on the lights -- I will research on the corals and anenomes -- and get back to you --

Regarding the nitrates -- I used distilled water -- I haven't hooked up my RO system yet -- I tested it with and without the salt and the nitrates were zero.

I am doing another water change tomorrow -- I started 2 weeks ago to change 10 gallons every tuesday, so I will be changing my water again tomorrow
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