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Old 01-27-2003, 09:46 AM   #11
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I think you'll find that the inverts are even more fun than the fish. You'll be amazed at the stuff that will crawl out of your LR as time passes. Keep us posted on how things are going .
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Old 01-27-2003, 01:52 PM   #12
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Yeah, I have to admit, some of the coral reef setups at the local stores and in the books I've been reading certainly make the fish seem like an afterthought. Plus, I saw a tiny emerald green sea cucumber at the LFS that I fell in love with and knew that in a large predator tank, I could never house anything like him. That is what started to change my mind towards a community tank.
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Old 01-27-2003, 03:11 PM   #13
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Take a look thru our photo gallery here on the site. There are some members who have posted photos of their saltwater setups.

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Old 01-28-2003, 04:58 PM   #14
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Yup, went to a store that sells 250 different varieties of coral yesterday after work. Some of the most beautiful things I've ever seen! Not exactly sure about buying coral, and how that works, but I assume you either buy just the coral and it attaches itself to the live rock you have, or you buy the coral and the whole rock its attached to as a unit, then you take it home in a bag of water, and acclimate it to your tank, just like it were a fish. That how it works?

Purple Brain Coral was my favorite I think, but some of the soft, whispy stuff that flows so gently with the currents in the tank were very soothing and tranquil to watch.
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Old 01-28-2003, 07:53 PM   #15
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Remember in keeping coral you may need a lighting upgrade. What kind of lighting were you planning on going with.
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That's a really good question. To be honest, what I planned to do was ask the coral store what kind of lights they were using and just buy that exact thing. This is mainly because of how mind-bogglingly beautiful thier coral looks in thier tanks, and I wanted it to look just as perfect and bright and beautiful in my tank. I never really thought about the coral needing that special light level to survive.
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Old 01-28-2003, 09:36 PM   #17
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Find out what they got and post it here before you buy. Not saying that all LFSes do this, but some dont have the best lighting. Especially if they have a good coral turnover, then the corals arnt there that long and it doesnt harm them in a short period of time. However, over a long period, some damage will be done.

i would check out www.hellolights.com , www.ahsupply.com , and www.marinedepot.com for some lighting options.
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Just to add one last thought - if you're going to do a fish-only tank, especially with large/predator type fish, a 58g is not the size you probably want to be looking at. Triggers, Puffers, Lions, etc. are all voracious eaters and contribute greatly to a bioload. You could put, maybe, 3 or 4 (tops - and 4 is really pushing it) of these fish in a 58g tank. I like choice #2, but I definitely prefer reefs over fish-only, so that's just my opinion.

As far as a sump goes, you can make a very simple one (we use a large Rubbermaid stock tank), or you can always buy a smaller glass tank that fits your cabinet dimensions.

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On the subject of lighting, the Oceanic 75 gal. Reef Ready Tanks are sold in a Combo with a light and hood. Should I try to get the tank alone, and save over $100, then buy a higher quality light, or is the Double Deluxe strip light that comes with the Reef Ready combo going to be sufficient if I get high quality bulbs for it?

If not, what lights do you guys suggest using for a tank with coral, community fish, and invertebrates? How much more money is it going to run me (what is a good ammount to spend for a light I wont NEED to upgrade)? I have seen those $650 Metal Halide lights, and I'm definitely not interested in going with anything THAT outrageously priced, but I want something that will be adequate for my corals. There is a JBJ Deluxe at the LFS with two Compact Fluorescent 65watt 10,000K bulbs, and two 65watt blue actinic bulbs, on separate power cords, for use with timers (260 watts total). It is $299 with the bulbs included.
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