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Old 03-02-2013, 01:31 AM   #1
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I have a FOWLR tank that has been up and running for 2 months now and would like to get some beginner corals. Any suggestions for lighting and additives for the corals are very much appreciated! Thanks.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:40 AM   #2
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I ran fowlr for about two months before I dove into some corals and I have 2 t5 And 2 actinics. I have 3 montipora and starpolyps an rbta and zoos. Have had the majority of them for almost a year and they are doing amazing. I would recommend a good salt mix and then check your stats and see what they are at. I never used additives just good upkeep. And best advise I can give is research the specific coral you want don't impulse buy.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:17 AM   #3
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what size tank is it? If you are going new lights I would suggest either the ATI Fixture for T5's or I would look into AI Vegas or SOL's or the EcoTechs if you are thinking LEDs. Can you give us a run down on what equipment you have, and what type of corals you want?
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Ok it's a 56 gallon tank that is 30 W 18 inches deep and 24 inches tall. It has 1 clownfish and 1 six line wrasse along with a cleaner shrimp and a few hermits and snails. I have everything except a skimmer, lights, and additives that I would need to add corals. By the way, I don't want to do a sump.
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I didn't have a sump when I first did corals
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:06 PM   #6
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you will need a skimmer and with a skimmer the insump skimmers are better. Sorry to see you don't want to do a sump makes dosing Alk, calcium, mag etc a lot easier. Some things you don't want to just pour into a tank that can damage coral. Plus it takes the heater, skimmer etc out of DT and gives more room and looks better and y0u can add an ATO system which helps a great deal in stability of the tank. Which is very important with corals.You will need better lighting for sure. Only additives you should need are ALk, Calcium, and Mag. How are you on power heads or general flow of the tank.
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Read some of mr x stuff he has tank full of corals and says he doesn't dose I also never dose your fine with hob skimmer it's about what you want and your budget
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I have one power head that does its job for now. Im getting another before getting the corals. For lights I'm thinking either 2 led units of 1 4 bulb t5ho unit. I want beginner softies, sps, and mushroom coral eventually. What is a good hob skimmer? What are good brands for additives?
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If your going to add some additives reef code a and b would be good just get good test kits for calcium and alk other important ones you prob have. I ran a coralife hob and it worked well. Then when I added a sump it can also go in the sump
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Ok great! Last variable is lighting. Any suggestions there? Also anyone have fast growing beginner coral suggestions? Thank you so much.
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