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Old 06-21-2012, 02:47 AM   #11
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If you have t5 lighting you have to replace the bulbs every 6mo. So if you have 6 bulbs @ 20 each that's 120+ every six months that you dont have to worry about with LED. LEds are also much brighter.
I assume then that LED should bring all the qualities such as growth and color as well that the T5's do? I say that cost isnt too big an issue haha but I mean more as a set up, i would prefer not to have to spend 120+ every six months that gets way to expensive considering all the other maintenance that is involved, and the stocking of the tank haha
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:49 AM   #12
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My power heads only 200gph,but I have low flow coral. the two filter produce an additional 500gph of flow. The flow pretty decent.
Also what brand power head do you use? Ive heard a lot about the Hydor Koralia series throughout this forum, have you had any experience with them?
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:55 AM   #13
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Yes that brand I have read also is good. I have never used it though. Mine is a zoomed power-sweeper. I just bought it because its head moves back and fourth and thought it was cool lol. The LED will bring the color of the corals out for sure.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:09 AM   #14
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Yes that brand I have read also is good. I have never used it though. Mine is a zoomed power-sweeper. I just bought it because its head moves back and fourth and thought it was cool lol. The LED will bring the color of the corals out for sure.
I have looked at Sweepers before for my freshwater, i just never actually made the plunge because I never really had a use for it as my plants are fake (my tetras would pick at the live plants when i did have them) and i have to agree, the fact that it does rotate is pretty cool, and can see the additional benefit in one as well. How did you do your placement. is it higher or more toward the middle? only reason i ask is ive seen some that have placed them about half way down the tank, where as most do place them more at the top
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Mines is near the top not all the way up but close and its in the back corner and turned so it get the whole tank.
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Mines is near the top not all the way up but close and its in the back corner and turned so it get the whole tank.
I really love that idea. How long has your tank been set up for?
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:43 AM   #17
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It been about 7.5 months.
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And your corals seem to do alright with the way you have your current? I only ask because I've never seen someone do it the way you have and I really like the idea haha
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Everything has done great. I have Xenia, leather, Zoa, yellow star polyps,mushroom,hammer,some kind of brain,candy cane.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:18 AM   #20
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That's good because you have a lot of the corals I want so it's definitely reassuring knowing that they do well in your setup seeing as how I want to take some of ideas and put them into my tank
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