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Old 08-14-2005, 05:02 PM   #1
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I have an empty 30 gal and an empty 10 gal tank. I want to use the 10 gal as a sump and make the 30 gal a reef. My 55 gal fowlr doesn't have the really bright colors that I would like, so I would like to make the 30 gal as colorful as possible. I was thinking about a yellow watchman goby, royal gramma, and purple fire fish. Would that be too much for a 30 gal? I've got to do some research before I decide what corals I choose, I don't know much about them yet. Would 200 watts of lighting be too much for a 30 gal, or should I keep it closer to 5 watts/gal.? TIA
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*bump* - I was also thinking about having a Manderine Fish in there, but I think it may be too small. I will have lr in the sump and as much as possible in the tank. What about a Manderine and a Purple Firefish?
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I do not think a manderin will last too long in a 30gal. It has been suggested that over 100lbs of LR and a mature tank with a healthy pod population is a minimum requirement for this fish. A fuge r sump is also a great idea.
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Depends on the corals you want to keep. It is not too much, rather could be over-kill if you do not plan on high light-intensive animals.
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Sounds good. Don;t forget the pistol shrimp.
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I agree with lando on the Manderin.
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I figured that 30 gal was too small for a Manderine, but I thought I would ask anyways . Wishful thinking I guess.

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Depends on the corals you want to keep. It is not too much, rather could be over-kill if you do not plan on high light-intensive animals.
I just want to make sure that having too much light wouldn't "fry" what I have in the tank. I don't want to have lighting that would harm the corals or the fish.

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