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Old 10-29-2012, 04:30 PM   #11
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Hmmm....so hard....so MANY choices....

I think I'm liking the Royal Gramma...My goal is color and variety, I think I'm getting there!
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:40 PM   #12
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You mentioned the Aquafuge HOB refugium. They also make an Aquafuge PS. It has the built in protein skimmer. It's the same size but with part of the space being for the skimmer. I'll post a pic of mine. I got it off of eBay for $120 plus shipping. I did not get the light but added a $15 home depot desk light instead. I have been throwing cheato out like crazy. Nitrates finally hit zero.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:43 PM   #13
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You mentioned the Aquafuge HOB refugium. They also make an Aquafuge PS. It has the built in protein skimmer. It's the same size but with part of the space being for the skimmer. I'll post a pic of mine. I got it off of eBay for $120 plus shipping. I did not get the light but added a $15 home depot desk light instead. I have been throwing cheato out like crazy. Nitrates finally hit zero.
Thanks for that tip!! I'll look into it - that would be super handy.
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Ingy: So what all do you have in there? I saw rubble...Mud? Sand? Any other filtration? What size tank?
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:17 PM   #16
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I bought a nice 5 lb piece of base rock and smashed it to pieces to help with bio filtration. No sand or mud in my fuge, although it is an option. But I have a 4" DSB and figured I didn't need it in the fuge. I did put a small piece of LR in the fuge initially to help seed the new rock, but it's back in the 30 gal main now.
So far I really like the PS fuge. I did add a piece of wedge wood to hold the cup in place because the o-ring didn't feel substantial enough. I didn't want the cup to fall inside the skimmer and then overflow.
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:34 PM   #17
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OK...so while waiting for some replies, how about I add to the shopping list, and y'all tell me what you think...

2 x Koralia Evolution 550
Eshopps HOB protein skimmer
200W Marineland VisiTherm Heater
Refracometer
Thermometer
I have the eshopps hob skimmer psk100h in my reef and it works very well. Just make sure you clean the sponge that goes back into the tank with every water change, it gets gunned up with tank muck. Pop off the sponge and rinse it. Also, I have 2 koralia 750's in my 54g reef and they are perfect.

Good luck!!
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:37 PM   #18
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Skip the marine land lights, they are all pretty bad. If you,were only looking at mushrooms, ok, but anything else and they are a fail. Also, skip the damsel. Aggressive and just not worth it. You could do maybe a coral Beauty angel for the same coloration.
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OK - so let's talk about lights.

I think I've got it narrowed down to two options. One is $100 more than the other...So what do you think? Do you have experience with either of these options? Will these work for me?

Coralife Lunar Aqualight HO T5 Aquarium Light Fixture



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Honestly I only have experience with led lighting. I think someone can jump in, but for t5's, the recommended is about 4 watts a gallon for soft and most lps coral, more for sps. Hope that helps a bit.
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