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Old 01-05-2013, 12:52 AM   #31
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So what is the different between the Coralife Biocube 29 Gallon and the Oceanic HQI BIocube 29 Gallon? Price is $289 vs. $449 Is it worth it for $160 to do the HQI.
HQI is the light. Metal halide. You can keep pretty much what you want. The regular BC29 are PC or power compacts. Limited corals.

Depends on what you wanna keep.

Regular BC

Mushrooms
Leathers
Zoas
Ricordias
Xenia

HQI

Monti
SPS
clams
Nems


Others too. Look up low light corals and higher light corals.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:59 AM   #32
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HQI is the light. Metal halide. You can keep pretty much what you want. The regular BC29 are PC or power compacts. Limited corals.

Depends on what you wanna keep.

Regular BC

Mushrooms
Leathers
Zoas
Ricordias
Xenia

HQI

Monti
SPS
clams
Nems


Others too. Look up low light corals and higher light corals.
But you modified your lighting so I am wondering if I go with the nice light you got and get the normal Biocube. Or is it best to start with the HQI and do a few mods. Just need direction from the experts. Let me know what I need as I will purchase tomorrow.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:04 AM   #33
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Well my light with the controller was about 480.00. So.. If you wanna cut into your hood and spend the money then get the regular one.

The HQI has a better light BUT you can mod that also by adding the AI NANO. It will fit right into the spot where the metal halide goes. I love AI's LED fixture. You can customize it so it slowly ramps up to noon and back down to moonlight. You can even set it up for lighting storm effects.

It's a pretty cool light and can support anything.

The choice is really what you wanna mod and spend. Spend less on the tank and more on mods? Or vise versa.

The regular BC does have for mods available the HQI for some reason is limited. Not by much BUT limited non the less.
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Ok so it sounds like you think the HQI and mod the fixture with the AI nano at some point. What is better for a beginner, HQI or REgular, just based off of price and what the capabilities with no mods. Can you text me, I PM'd my phone number? As I am going today to look.
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Good luck today!! Can't wait to see what you get. Hope you got my last few text messages.
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Good luck today!! Can't wait to see what you get. Hope you got my last few text messages.
Thanks, visited 4 different shops with my engineer nephew and all different opinions. I will buy online tomorrow and can't wait to start.

One opinion they all said was to add live sand first then live rock, when I thought it would the opposite. Which is it?

Also decided to go with the 29 Coralife biocube and upgrade to LED lighting and a few other MODS since recommendations from this thread say skimmer is not worth it and lighting should be modified anyhow. Will keep you updated.
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I'm not sure why they would say that BUT... Add your rock first. Do your rock scape then add the same.

Reasons;

If you get sand sifting inverts they will move sand around and cause for a unstable scape.

Also if you get fish, like some goby's or say a pistol shrimp that also like to dig and can dig for days. You'll end up shifting the rock work and could cause damage to your fish and or tank.

Play it safe. Do the rock work then add your sand Make sure your rocks are stable and placed well so you don't have a rockslide, I did when I first started and its NOT fun.
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I'm not sure why they would say that BUT... Add your rock first. Do your rock scape then add the same.

Reasons;

If you get sand sifting inverts they will move sand around and cause for a unstable scape.

Also if you get fish, like some goby's or say a pistol shrimp that also like to dig and can dig for days. You'll end up shifting the rock work and could cause damage to your fish and or tank.

Play it safe. Do the rock work then add your sand Make sure your rocks are stable and placed well so you don't have a rockslide, I did when I first started and its NOT fun.
Yes I am going with your advice Dino, not theirs, didn't sound right to me, who cares about the cloudiness at first, I don't expect my tank to be clear anyhow right away, I mean come on. Thanks again for being there. Purchase for the day was my nephews 3 Tee-Barbs and a good lunch
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Yes I am going with your advice Dino, not theirs, didn't sound right to me, who cares about the cloudiness at first, I don't expect my tank to be clear anyhow right away, I mean come on. Thanks again for being there. Purchase for the day was my nephews 3 Tee-Barbs and a good lunch
Anytime bro, glad you got it all figured out and had a great day!!
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Dino I plan on investing in a RO system and installing it near my water softener in the basement with a garbage can so I have my own RO water. What do you think? System is like $140 or less. You think I should do this?
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