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Old 05-15-2011, 12:20 AM   #11
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CONGRATS! Can't wait to see it getting started.
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Thanks yea its gonna be fun im gonna slowly start ordering stuff over the next week or two and im gonna set it up and put the live rock and sand etc in 2-3 weeks from now after the kids get out of school for summer
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in the 55G right now i have 90lbs of lr if i put that lr in the new tank and add maybe another 70 lbs of dry live rock and maybe another 30-40 lbs or more of lr and new sand of course would i experience a cycle? or would it be better to just cycle the dry live rock and lr in the new tank wait for it to cycle then add the lr from the old aquarium
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:39 AM   #14
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I feel ya, I think my 220 may make it in 4 weeks. I called the LFS today, seems highly likely. I feel like a kid waiting for christmas, I'm sure that is how you are now waiting for all the goodies to come in the mail. So you are going with T-5 lights? I am debating it myself, I just don't know if the NOVA pro series will get enough light in a 30" tank, yours is 24" so I don't think you would have any issues. Do you have anything in mind for your sump/fuge/skimmer yet?
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:41 AM   #15
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I would leave the old aquarium in tact until your new tank is cycled. Adding all of your livestock to the new tank at the same time you move the live rock over. To me that seems safest.
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:41 AM   #16
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i havent even got an idea yet over the next weekend or 2 im gonna sit down and figure out how im gonna turn this 55G into a sump and for a skimmer i know im getting an insump reef octopus
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:44 AM   #17
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Yea i think i read somewhere i could be wrong so dont quote me that T5 loses its effectiveness at a certain depth it could be 30" so i think i might be good with t5 since its only 24" deep
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:46 AM   #18
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I found a used Nova pro series for a 6 foot tank for 250 in tampa, I haggled the guy. I am waiting until I verify it will provide adequate lighting before I go pick it up.
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thats a great price
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:59 AM   #20
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Yeah, but I am having a hard time verifying that the lighting would be sufficient in a 30 inch tank. This is killing me, lol.
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