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Old 01-18-2006, 06:10 PM   #11
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Something simple like this. I will add after tanks is fully running with fish.A few months down the line.

1 Button Polyp - Med or
Colony Polyp - Med
1 Yellow Colony Polyp - Med
1 Hairy Mushroom Coral - Med
1 Bullseye Mushroom Coral - Med or
Green Fluorescent Mushroom Coral - Med
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...cfm?pCatId=714
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Old 01-18-2006, 06:54 PM   #12
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PC lighting would be adequate for those.
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Old 01-19-2006, 11:35 AM   #13
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Can't i just replace my 2 bulbs with stonger ones for the extra light.
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Old 01-19-2006, 12:48 PM   #14
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You have to have the ballast to support the lights and 65w pc bulbs don’t fit in NO 18w hoods. That’s why I usually recommend not buying the “default” hood that comes with tanks since the $50+ could be better spend on PC/MH lights. If you can take them back and get your money back that would be the best option.

With only 36w currently you don’t have enough light for any corals. Unfortunately you have to pay to play or else you will just have a bunch of dead expensive corals after a couple of weeks of putting them in there with NO lights.

Edit: Liveaquaria goes into much more detail on why you need the higher watt lights.
Edit 2: Another user posted this link to some cheaper lights which look just as good
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:14 PM   #15
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I went to my local pet supply store and they deal with mostly saltwater aquariums.
The sales person told me I should get a bak pak protein skimmer/filter system.Its the same price as the Aqua C remona protein shimmer . Which is better for my 55 gal tank.
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Old 01-20-2006, 11:26 AM   #16
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Most would recommend the AquaC Remora Pro over the Bak Pak Skimmer but they both are great skimmers for a 55 gal IMO and the Bak Pak does run slightly cheaper online. I’m sure the lfs runs $80+ more.
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Old 01-20-2006, 07:27 PM   #17
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Ok i just bought 2 SEIO Super Flow Pump 820 GPH Submersible

Where do i put them at ,on the sides at the bottem above the sand?
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Ok now I checking my tank for leaks. I see none can I test my equipment in the tap water or should i wait till im ready for the saltwater mix.
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I want to check my pumps,filter and therometer.Then drain the warter out for a few weeks till im ready for my final setup.
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Testing your tank/equipment with FW is fine but personally I’d use ro/di or at least ro water from the start so you don’t have to drain it. fwiw new tanks rarely leak so you could forgo the test and just add SW from the start. If it does leak you will have to drain either way.

When you are ready to add salt I would mix the full amount required for your tank in a 5 gal bucket and let it sit overnight. (Usually around 1 cup per gal, just follow directions.). Also I wouldn’t use a ph to mix since the higher concentration of salt could damage it, just remix it by hand before adding.

Then drain an equal amount from the tank and add it that way so it doesn’t just sit on the bottom until it dissolves. Then after a couple of hours you can adjust your sg to the desired level by either adding fresh or salt as needed.
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