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Old 11-27-2006, 03:22 PM   #11
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Thank you all so much for your words of wisdom...you are all making me feel so much more at ease about taking on this addiction

I will phone my lfs and see what they have for base and live rock and take it from there..know I am excited to get this whole process started..I will go very slow as I will be a chicken to try anything new

My next headache I am sure will be the lighting...

Oh and quick question....and most likely stupid too...do I need to run a ph when the tank is cycling?

Would a rena XP3 be a good canister filter or the XP2..also 2 ph or will one suffice....

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If you shoot for 1.5-2Lbs of rock in your tank, you will have enough for proper biofiltration and can skip the filter. I have a filter, but use it for water movement and to run carbon if I need to. You can probably save you money and get a nice skimmer.
Yes, run your ph during the cycle, this will help keep a somewhat stable pH.
I have 2 phs in my 55G. (going to buy another one today, to add movement to spots that are starting to build up hair algae.)
I bought this light for my FOWLR:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113175
Nice lights.
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My tank is more like a cube and the dimensions are 30"wide, 25" tall and 19" depth..would those lights work do you think?
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Are you doing corals or FOWLR.
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If wanting corals more then likely you are going to need MH due to how tall your tank is and the limited 30" width. Something like the Coralife pro hqi 24". Most lights come in 24" or 36" lengths
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I have (or had) 40% BR and 60% LR when I started my 55gal tank.

3 years later and ALL of my BR is COMPLETELY covered with coraline algae. I really can't tell the difference between my BR and LR.

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