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Old 12-23-2013, 05:54 PM   #11
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Well, we are talking about over 100 gallons of water including the sump. I would want a skimmer rated for 150-200 gallons. Bubble Magus makes some efficient, space saving skimmers.

As for the sump you have, I usually buy my skimmer, then build a sump to fit it, not the other way around. I need you to measure those compartments.
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:25 PM   #12
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Ok il measure out the compartments tomorrow it was a group package the tank stand and sump
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:42 PM   #13
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As for lights you should try going with metal halides , kessil or t5, those are the best !! T5 give great growth and very popular , metal halides will give a shimmery effect to your tank and look really nice , they grow corals faster than any other lights, only thing is they get a little warm , and as for kessil , they give amazing color to your tank and grows most coral very well , I personally have 2 kessil and a metal halide over an 80 gallon
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:27 AM   #14
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What about the led light fixtures I know there a little more pricey but some of them have it so they can be programmed for sunrise to sunset effect and a 29 day lunar cycle idk if its really important for the lunar cycle but would those in the long run be more effective by not getting to hot and using as much electricity or would the corals not respond as well with those
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:29 AM   #15
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And about the lights what I was reading online is that the deeper your tank the more wats it should have or something like there was an equation for x amount of gallon tank you need y amount of light output
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There is no equation for watts V.S. gallons of water. LEDs are good providing you have the right ones. The sunrise/sunset thing is not necessary at all, so unless you want to spend over a thousand dollars for just lighting, I would skip that.
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Ok il pry go with metal halides then
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Or mostly t5 and have a metal halide in to help from getting to hot
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Like mrX said sunrise and sunset isn't necessary. I would recommend led lighting though and it doesn't have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of cheap LED fixtures on the market that work great. Taotronics is one brand that lots use with great results. If you want more features there is pharos LEDs also. They have everythig short of lightning storms and cost me less than my 48" t5ho fixture. Led provides ample light, actually can be to much so being dimmable is a must. They provide the shimmer effect like metal halides without the added heat plus they are much more energy efficient which helps on the power bill.
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Ok I really like the thought of LEDS. even if there a couple dollars more I think in the long run it will have less impact on my electricity bill and bulb replacement. Is there a certain output I will need for corals ?
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