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Old 07-31-2013, 12:30 PM   #51
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I would add a powerhead as well. A small one will do. You want a cross current in the tank not just water flowing in one direction. I'd go with a 425 koralia or a 550.
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Alright guys. Here we are! It's coming along nicely I think. The lights were a huge PITA because they kept wanting to spin to the side and I accidentally overflowed the tank all over my bedroom floor this morning but I made it haha!
My filter is full of good bacteria and pods because it was taken off a fully cycled tank. Do I still need to cycle this one or am I good to go?
And I still never was able to get a straight forward answer regarding lights. Someone please help! How strong should I put them on. They're about a foot above the water. And what about the blues? Is it up to what I prefer looks wise or do I need a certain ratio of blue lighting?
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Old 07-31-2013, 01:33 PM   #53
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You can tinker around with the ratio of blue to white until you find a nice mid way point. Ypu dont want all blues even though it may look real nice, corals will need some white as well

I think most people hang them about a foot above the tank, I have my non dimmable ones about a foot above but its too much light. With the dimmable ones you have more leeway as you can dim them if they are too much.

To be sure your tank is ready for fish you will want to test it with an ammonia source either the dead shrimp or pure ammonia way. The ammonia level should drop to 0 after 24 hours. This ensure that the tank can handle the waste of a fish.
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Thanks. But I'm still unclear about the light settings. How do I know what is a good mix of blue and white? Is it just what I think looks good or is it somehow dependant on the livestock in the tank? Same question for the brightness. How do I know if the lights are too bright or too dull?
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I've been happy with a mix of blue and white, with a little more blue than white. You will want to start out on a lower setting when first starting it up over corals and slowly build it up in intensity. Most people dont go to the full 100% though. I think its like 60% and 40% if I remember correctly. Or its close at least lo;l
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How necessary is my HOB filter? I ask because the tank is in my bedroom and the motor and the waterfall sound is driving bonkers. Seeing as its only real purpose is biological filteration and aeration, could I get away with using just live rock and powerheads?
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You are going to want some form of physical filtration to help collect the larger particles you will have in your water column.
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I am an advocate for an all natural set up. I run a 55g reef with no mechanical filtration so it can be done. Loads of live rock is the key, I have around 80pounds, and plenty of flow. Weekly water changes are a must, I do 20%... Hope that helps!
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Yes it can be done, but you must do a great job using your vac to remove all the detritus that will build up. If you slack it will cause problems in a short amount of time.
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Sounds fair. Any advice on how to make my filter stfu? The motor is killing me.
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