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Old 02-15-2011, 04:28 AM   #11
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Check out "Current Nova Extreme T5 Pro", they sell a 6-bulb for 20" tank for $231. You could keep a lot of corals under that.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:02 PM   #12
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alright, so after talking to my lfs, i decided im goin to go with reef led's. theyre about 350, but theyre letting me do a 2 month lay away so it wont be too bad
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having detectable ammonia is a problem. ammonia is toxic to fish. i would be doing some large water changes to get that to undetectable levels asap. that most certainly had something to do with the death of the wrasse.

i suggest posting the brand and model of the LED fixture they are offering for 350. there are many LED fixtures on the market right now that aren't up to snuff. some are even considered a waste of money.
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Old 02-15-2011, 04:11 PM   #14
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its a reef led, i believe is what she called it. she said they had sold several lately, and had good feedback, noticeable changes in coral, and are running them in their display tanks at the store if i wanted to look at them if before i bought them.
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is this the fixture?
Marineland Reef Capable LED Lighting System 36-48"
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:56 PM   #16
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im not positive, as i havent been able to look at it yet. ive been in class all day. but i dont think it is. she said the one they sale comes with moonlights as well
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Your immediate focus should be the source of the ammonia. Lighting later.
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Old 02-15-2011, 08:54 PM   #18
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It's not a definite that I do have ammonia, but I think there is. It's hard to tell the color difference on the 0 and .25ppm with the test kit I have. It doesn't quite seem to be at 0, but it doesn't quite seem to be .25, I did a 5g water change yesterday, will check the levels again before bed and if it still looks like its not 0, i'm going to do about a 10g tomorrow
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Are you sure you have the high output T5 light from Coralife? They also have a normal output (sounds more like what you have).

Ditch the plastic cover and get a glass canopy. This will let you have whatever light you can fit above the tank. I personally don't suggest getting too extreme. If you are just starting in corals you don't need enough light to grow acropora spp. and clams. If you have that much light you will probably get massive algae problems. Let the light grow with you and the tank. Start with a slim 2-bulb HOT5 fixture. As you and your tank grow add another one and even a third if needed (if it fits).
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im positive its the HO, says it on the box.

also, im wanting to go ahead and get all the light i need, instead of having to keep spending more and more.

would a good cleaning crew and lighting about 6-8 hours a day be able to keep it under control?
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