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Old 04-18-2011, 12:19 AM   #11
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Here is the lighting link... tell me what you think good deal or stay away ??
36'' Metal Halide Power Compact Aquarium Light 442 watt - eBay (item 260749887417 end time May-08-11 12:52:18 PDT)
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:34 AM   #12
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sometimes buyign a used aquarium is the best way to go.

as far as sterilizers, i'd say don't worry about it unless you have a serious ich problem or aglae problem. just do regular watcher changes and watch your water perameters (nitrates and phosphates low)
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:48 AM   #13
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I just bought that same light in the 24 inch form!!!!!!
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:29 PM   #14
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How is it working for you Steve ? do you like it
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:03 PM   #15
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Here are the first pictures of at home more on my profile
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:49 PM   #16
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i would open the fixture up and inspect all of the connections to make sure nothing is loose, or soldered improperly. many of those chinese knock-off fixtures which are not UL listed can be a fire hazard. a 250 watt lamp over that tank should allow you to keep whatever you want. you might want to change out the lamp down the road to something that puts off better color also. the bulbs they send with those things are also "no frills".

you don't need a UV sterilizer.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:11 PM   #17
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I actually ended up switching to 6 x 39 watt T5 fixture with lunars.

In the process of doing an HOB refugium right now, I was gonna do the sump but im so afraid of having it overflow ... since the tank is in my bedroom and I already did an oops and spilled a few gallons and it leaked through my ceiling... I couldn't handle another spillage problem.

I did order the dry rock from Marko and also some grunge from garf.org to seed the tank.

I plan on getting some cheato (sp) and mangrove trees for the refugium. With the mangrove trees would I use mud then sand for the trees or just sand?
I cant believe how expensive this has gotten already and Im not even started really lol .
Ohh well best to have good stuff now to hopefully avoid disaster later.

I think I have cyano on my existing rocks and some weird white stuff ( in a separate post in identification thread) no clue what that is , can I scrub my rocks before the others come I would hate to contaminate those new ones with bad stuff.
Sorry the long rambling , just trying to do this right the first time.

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Ammonia .25
ph 7.8
nitrite 0
nitrate 80

did a 15 gallon water change yesterday and I think Ill do another one this weekend and then hopefully the new rock with be here and I can start to cycle that.
I think the ammonia was from a pencil urchin the guy had in his tank and said was dead so I put it in my tank and I think it was alive prior to the trip and died in the process of transfer so I took that out today.
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the grunge was a waste of money. mangroves don't filter enough to warrant using them for filtration. they are more for looks than anything. a conversation piece. you can use sand to root them if you like. chaeto will work better and i don't suggest you add that until you get some sort of bioload.

leave the lights off while you are cycling. leaving them on is just gonna cause you trouble and any photosynthetic creatures that were alive on the rock thus far, will live with just ambient lighting until the cycle is over.

you do not want to be doing water changes at this time. you want to be building a bacteria colony.
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that sucks that you had leakage from a water spill. be careful when you do waterchanges
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awwwwwwww really why is it a waste, sounded like it had good stuff in it.

Ok so Ill x the mangrove, wait on the cheato and refugium

really I thought that I should change the water cause my nitrates were ridiculous like 160 now they are 80 , should I wait till after the dry rock cycles? It wont hurt anything living on the live rock in there to have super high nitrates?
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