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Old 09-23-2011, 10:22 PM   #21
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lol, nope not two fixture if they are 6 foot each. If you get a smaller length light, then yeah you would need two 36" fixtures. I don't know offhand of any 16 bulb t5 fixtures.

I don't really dose anything just yet. I have started to mess with the alkalinity a bit with a buffer and have some soda ash to continue. My calcium levels and magnesium are just right but the alk is a bit low. I've dropped my water change schedule to every other week now so I think that has something to do with it. If I went back to weekly I bet I wouldn't need to dose yet. I'm still testing daily to find the right "dose" to add for alk.

And yeah, thats a good price. When I got mine and checked online it was over $700 almost $800 in fact. I got mine from craigslist for $300.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:26 PM   #22
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I would definitely go as big as you can fit! The bigger the tank the less frequent the water changes have to be! Also, the bigger the sump, fuge or hopefully both the more stable the whole thing would be! If it were me I would get it drilled and properly set up in the first place, hang on overflows are a point of failure you really want to avoid if you can!

With your water changes, you could do the plumbing in a way that with the turn of a ball valve you'll drop 20% directly into the drain, no buckets required.

Plan it carefully and go slowly, that gives you the peace of mind that you won't have to upgrade or re-build in a year
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:27 PM   #23
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lol, nope not two fixture if they are 6 foot each. If you get a smaller length light, then yeah you would need two 36" fixtures. I don't know offhand of any 16 bulb t5 fixtures.

I don't really dose anything just yet. I have started to mess with the alkalinity a bit with a buffer and have some soda ash to continue. My calcium levels and magnesium are just right but the alk is a bit low. I've dropped my water change schedule to every other week now so I think that has something to do with it. If I went back to weekly I bet I wouldn't need to dose yet. I'm still testing daily to find the right "dose" to add for alk.

And yeah, thats a good price. When I got mine and checked online it was over $700 almost $800 in fact. I got mine from craigslist for $300.
Awesome! So, this would be all I need for my lighting, right?

That's a good price, I will check on CL too, and see if I can't find anything.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:33 PM   #24
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In my opinion that setup would be fine. I'll let mr.x chime in if he's around. He;s my lighting hero lol

I'll check around some and see if I can't find it even cheaper.
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In my opinion that setup would be fine. I'll let mr.x chime in if he's around. He;s my lighting hero lol

I'll check around some and see if I can't find it even cheaper.
Ok, thanks for al of your help!
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Her's another bit more expensive option. it has moonlights. And is a 12 bulb system the same as the nova extreme

AquaticLife T5 HO 6-Lamp Light Fixture w/ Lunar LEDs
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Her's another bit more expensive option. it has moonlights. And is a 12 bulb system the same as the nova extreme

AquaticLife T5 HO 6-Lamp Light Fixture w/ Lunar LEDs
Great! I love moonlights! It is so cool to watch a tank at night! I think when I upgrade my tank, I will pay the extra to get the moonlights. For me it is worth it because I would like to look at my tank at night!
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Yeah thats one thing that stinks about the nova, no moonlights. :-( I'll get around to adding something one day, I would love to watch the fish and stuff at night. i use a flashlight now and its not very subtle
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Yeah, I have used a flashlight before. What is even worse is when the tank is dark and I am taking a picture of my tank using the AA app, and forget to turn the flash off. Then a bright white LED flash flashes in my poor fishes' face.
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here's a fixture to die for

Hamilton Metal Halide + T5 HO Belize Sun Light Fixture
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