Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 12-14-2010, 12:46 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
kdogg85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 506
Start of the 125 reef

I am finally able to start the 125 that has been sitting in my basement for 2 months. It has a nova extreme t5ho light 468w. I have ordered my base rock(100 lbs) to add to the 85lbs of live rock I have already, plus a 4'' deep sand bed. Under this light, would only medium and low light corals work, or could I try my hand at some high light corals as well? I plan on getting a squamosa clam as well. For filtration, I am going sumpless. I am going to use the xp1000s I have already and a couple powerheads. In the future, I would like to try the turf scrubber, but that is a lot of reading and planning away. The fish will be a mandarin(after a year), 3 anthias, 2 clowns, my mccosker's wrasse and my powder brown tang. Plus the cuc, and 2 cleaner shrimp. Everything sound okay?
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC_0577.jpg
Views:	55
Size:	126.3 KB
ID:	26397  
__________________

__________________
kdogg85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2010, 09:36 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
iDream's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: No longer here.
Posts: 2,862
idk about your current set up but liveaquaria says for powder browns use caution on reefs.

how many bulbs does the nova have?
__________________

__________________
iDream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2010, 09:42 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
you could keep anything you want under that fixture. i would change out the bulbs to high end lamps like ATI, and giesemann, but you are fine. i've kept powder browns and found them to be quite peaceful. i guess it's up to the fish.

btw, if you are wanting any sort of filtration below the tank (like your turf scrubber) i would drill the tank now. one 1.5" bulkhead is all you are going to need. 4" from the top and 4" in from the corner.
you can't safely use 2 pumps to transfer water out and in, and HOB overflows are unreliable.
__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2010, 07:33 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
kdogg85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 506
I have the powder brown now and he doesn't bother a thing. I have a flower pot, mushrooms, and polyps. The bulbs are tru lumen(12-39w). My other fixture has icecap bulbs, it is an odysea fixture( not the best butit works). A guy at a lfs told me that to keep any high lights or maxima clams I would need halides or led's. Which I did not want to hear, but it showed he was out for more than just a sale.

MrX, I seen a post you had put up about where to get a make your own overflow kit, do you care to repost that on this thread so I can check it out?
__________________
kdogg85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2010, 07:48 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
thats not true. i know many people, including myself, that's kept acropora, clams, and anything else i wanted under t-5 fixtures.
i would swap out the tru lamps for ATI lamps. they are the best. let me know if you need a bulb color lineup.
good deal drilling the tank! it's easy as heck and you'll love that you did.
Glass-Holes.com dope aquarium stuff
__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2010, 08:44 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
kdogg85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 506
Doug, thank you very much. I will use the tru lumens for now until the tank settles in and the parameters become workable for corals. As far as a color look goes. I like a white look. The actinic blue doesn't do anything for me. Nothing against it, just don't care for that look. What Kelvin rating would do the job(around 12000k or so?) As far as that not being true, even though he may be wrong, and I hope he was, I thought very highly of him trying to at least steer in a safe direction instead of just making a sale. I guess the high light corals will need to be at the top of the rock pile?
__________________
kdogg85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2010, 09:59 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 332
blue light been choosing because of its nearest colour to the moonlight and make corals growth...but as far as i concern, the light isnt the factor but the gravity from the moon itself...JMO
u may like the light colour but every living creature need time to rest...can u imagine your life without night...??? LOL ....
__________________
abdhalim2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2010, 11:42 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mr_X's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Fairless Hills, Pa.
Posts: 17,895
Send a message via MSN to mr_X
you'll have to swap out different bulbs until you get the right color for your needs, but ATI aquablue special are nice daylight bulbs i think you'll like.
you'll want a mixture of them and ATI blue plus, and possibly a few others.

the key is to make the corals "pop". to bring as much color out of them as you can. i agree, a super blue tank is a bit much for me too.
moonlight doesn't make corals grow as far as i know, abdhalim. i'd like to know where you read that.
corals that are photosynthetic, like plants, grow from nutrition gained from photosynthetically active radiation, or PAR. this is in daylight, not moonlight.


i'd start all corals out low kdogg, and gradually raise the ones that seem to need it.
__________________
thanks,
Doug
mr_X is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2010, 11:57 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 332
that is what i said.....'moonlights' lights isnt the factor of corals growth....but most of local aquarists that i know here, thinking that moonlight can get the corals growth instead of color itself...because they see their coral open or else (dunno what the word) at night....LOL
i know they need photosyn process which they need less light...that is why u switch off the white light at night.....sorry if u dont understand me and correct me if im wrong...this is what my sis told me...she worked as biochem lab asstant here...so i trust her a lot....LOL
__________________
abdhalim2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2010, 12:49 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
kdogg85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 506
As far as starting out low, is the major sign to look for is overextension? The bulbs in it now are 6 10000k and 6 460nm actinics. Its not as blue as the actinics that came in the odysea fixture but maybe around 30% less blue for the lights. I guess around the 16-17k mark would be okay for me. If such a combination existed.
__________________

__________________
kdogg85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
125 gallon, 125 reef, reef, start

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
125 reef build ccCapt DIY Projects 173 09-19-2011 01:51 AM
Last fish in 125 Reef seaham358 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 14 07-12-2006 08:11 AM
125 reef melosu58 Members Saltwater Tanks Showcase 1 04-27-2006 08:08 PM
Pics of 125 Reef seaham358 Members Saltwater Tanks Showcase 18 10-01-2005 03:57 PM
Want to start a coral/reef system...where to start? rdefino Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 10-19-2004 10:09 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.