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Old 08-06-2014, 08:05 PM   #1
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20 gallon long reef tank

I have recently decide to start a reef tank , I was going to go with a biocube 14 but I want to keep sps in the future .

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1-20 gallon long tank -$35
2-Aqueon Quietflow 30 -$30
3-Reef Master test kit -$25 ps already have (saltwater master test kit)
4-Bio Spira -$10
5-15 lbs of florida reef dry rock -$40
6-20 lbs caribsea caribbean liwe sand -$25
7-30'' compact flourescent fixture with 2 50/50 65w bulbs total of :130w
8-Coralife Digital Thermometer -$7
9-Tetra 50w heater -$10

Now i have 2 questions

1-Are my lights to strong since my tank is only 12'' tall ?

2-Are 2 sunsun jvp 101 800 gph wavemake okay for my tank ?
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:07 PM   #2
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And these are the wavemakers i will have 2
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Old 08-06-2014, 11:36 PM   #3
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If you want to keep sps, compact bulbs won't cut it. For a 20 gallon you could look into par38 bulbs or some of the higher powered led units.


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Okay my lfs has montis in a 14 gal biocube no mods pc lighting , and thats not what I asked 2 questions wich are listed above im not planning on adding anything with higher light needs than a monnti cap
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The power heads are probably fine.

As for the lighting being to strong? No, I think it is weak and won't support the light requirements of sps. Even in a shallow tank I would want to ensure enough intensity from my lighting so I wasn't wasting my money on coral dying.
You could go t5ho route, but led or par38 is much cheaper way to go.


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No need to snap at people trying to help. The first sentence of your post says you want sps, and Hank was telling you that those lights most likely won't support sps (agree with him btw). To answer your questions 1. No 2. Yes
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Im very sorry SnaperHank , and BigRedsReefs10 will i have overheating issues with those lights over my tank
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20 gallon long reef tank

Keeping montis alive and growing is quite different than growing acros and other much more light needy sps corals. Ime montis are pretty tolerant. 2 cfls will definitely not be enough for acros.

Edit: power compacts not cfl, also just reread and see you only want a cap. My advice once you go one sps you want more. I'd get better lighting
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will i have overheating issues with those lights over my tank

No, LEDs, par38, and even the PC shouldn't cause heat issues. T5ho would be more likely too.


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Okay thank you SniperHank and im very sorry and also would it be fine to just add 15 more lbs of dry rock and go with 30 gallon tank the lights will still fit and i would probably not be able to keep sps but i can keep euphilyas wich for me would be okay and i can also keep more fish
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