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Old 03-05-2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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Question Transforming FOWLR to Reef

I've been thinking about dipping my feet into corals, i have a very well established 55 gallon system, my question is what things do i have to change?

Tank 55 gallon w 30 gallon sump
Salinity: 1.023
Temp: 77 degrees
Filter Media: GFO and Carbon
Skimmer: Aqua C Remora w Mag drive 3
Trace Elements: None I think
Salt Mix: Tropic Marin
Lighting: T5HO 36" light fixture ( Midday geismann bulb 1 Super Atinic geismann bulb) and 1 Atinic Ecoxotic Stunner Strip

Ammonia:0
Nitrite:0
Nitrate: below .10 ppm

From what I know now I'd have to upgrade lighting, salinity, and calcium, test kits?
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:31 PM   #2
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Get a reef salt for your water. Prefered salinity is between 1.025 to 1.026. Reef test kit is a must which includes calcium test.
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You also need to be aware of potential issues with fish you currently stock
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If you get coral that needs med. to high light you will need better lighting, i.e. 120 W taotronics led lamps.
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If you get coral that needs med. to high light you will need better lighting, i.e. 120 W taotronics led lamps.
If i were to upgrade lighting, for those corals if i added another 2 bulb fixture would that do it? Im thinking about mounting two 2 bulb fixtures in my canopy
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You also need to be aware of potential issues with fish you currently stock
The only one of my fish i have to keep an eye on is my red striped angelfish
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The Angelfish is probably going to be a problem with the corals. You can have plenty of corals under T5 HO's. Are your lights high output or just regular T5's?
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Get a 10k or better t5 ho.
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T5 high output, its a nova extreme fixture
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:53 AM   #10
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Scratch that, im thinking of getting two taotronics LED fixtures probably 140w
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