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Old 12-01-2011, 08:00 PM   #71
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Indeed anything relatively free is good, and to me anytime I'm trading surplus its relatively free.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:35 PM   #72
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Excited to see this, Jon. Sounds good so far.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:49 AM   #73
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Just tagging along to see what u come up with
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:54 PM   #74
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Looks like this tank might be set up sooner than I thought. I picked up the sump, as well as some acrylic to build a sump if needed... the powerheads, and the ATO unit today. I cleaned off the powerheads (which he had running in vinegar... such a nice gesture since I didn't even ask him to... saved me a lot of trouble) and put them in my 40b with some plants in it. Man, those things have some flow. If the flow isn't what it should be, I've found that there's a plastic lip in the powerhead that can be cut out that will drastically increase the flow. I also got a shipment notification on my sand and rock, looks like it'll be here on Tuesday. Really, to get this thing set up, all I need are the plumbing parts and return pump, salt, refractometer, and RO/DI unit. I'll not need the lights for a while, but I'm still contemplating the best bulb combo (thanks Wy Renegade for bringing that up). Looking at aquacave, they have 4 ATI bulbs... the Aquablue Special, Blue Plus +, Purple Plus, and True Actinic 03 . Is some combination of those bulbs a good choice, or should I look at the Giesemanns instead?
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A lot of people, including myself recommend a combination of (2) blue +'s and (2) aquablue specials - At least in a 4-bulb fixture.
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Get 4oz of Dr Tims one an only. It's bacteria in a bottle that actually works. They ship it with cold packs to keep it refridgeratored to slow the bacteria down which helps it last longer. It won't give you an instant cycle but will drastically decrease cycle time. Drsfostersmith carries it.
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A lot of people, including myself recommend a combination of (2) blue +'s and (2) aquablue specials - At least in a 4-bulb fixture.

I also prefer this bulb setup. Gives good color and growth doesnt seem to be an issue.
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I like the blue plus, the true atinics. and the aquablue specials, you also may want to look at the UVL 75/25 14000K aquablue. I would use two of the blue plus, and a combination of two of the others.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:51 PM   #79
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Looks like a good plan. I had a vortech MP40 but I would have needed 4 on my new tank to keep them turned down so the noise level would stay low. Problem is, besides the cost, I have a 2 year old almost 3, who pulled the dry side off on me. I would have to duct tape them down and that isn't happening. So I sold the mp40 and got the koralia magnum 6 with wave maker. In my 72, just the one was more flow than the mp40. And it is dead silent.

I would suggest when you get a nem, going with a tank raised one if possible. My clowns took awhile but they love their RBTA.

Looking forward to seeing it come together!
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I meant to link this for anyone who sees this, but didn't see the build... here's where you can see the progression - Finally - 40 Breeder Reef Journal/Build Thread
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