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Old 02-20-2012, 02:55 PM   #251
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:37 PM   #252
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I just spotted a t5 fixture for $60. Coralife Aqualight High Output T5 Aquarium Lighting Fixture 2X54W 48 inch Coralife T5 HO

The guy is throwing in 2 extra bulbs. This isn't a long term solution but it might work as the lighting on my nursery down the road when I upgrade the DT lighting. Thoughts? I can have it on the DT for now as additional to the CF.
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:45 PM   #253
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I just spotted a t5 fixture for $60. Coralife Aqualight High Output T5 Aquarium Lighting Fixture 2X54W 48 inch Coralife T5 HO

The guy is throwing in 2 extra bulbs. This isn't a long term solution but it might work as the lighting on my nursery down the road when I upgrade the DT lighting. Thoughts? I can have it on the DT for now as additional to the CF.
Just add $40 and get the 4 bulb from aquatraders then you're all set for lighting. You won't need to worry about anything else.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:53 AM   #254
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Quick and boring video of the little goby doing his thing. Glad I did all the rocks before the sand

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The sally light foot is getting big. I saw another moult this morning.



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Old 02-21-2012, 02:44 PM   #256
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I jumped on the group buy at the last minute and bought a Reef Octopus Skimmer OCT NWB150. I saved $20 at $179. I got slack on costs so let me see if I can get this updated some. Last I think was $1027 awhile back!

$1027 - last time I think
$30 - clowns
$30 - goby
$180 - new skimmer
$40 - 2 brute 20g
$15 - reflector and CFL bulbs
$10 - cheato
$20 - trigger pods
$40 - misc plumbing parts
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So this evening I spotted a brand new 4 bulb T5 fixture with moonlights and hinged legs for $110. It has 4 new Sea World bulbs. 2 54w 12,000k whites and 2 actinic bulbs. I offered $90 and we settled on $100. So I guess I'm only paying off 1/2 the skimmer when the cc bill comes now hahaa. I had to jump on it though.

The tank looks way better. I hope the newer bulbs are a better spectrum than the God knows how old PC bulbs I had, possibly helping with any algae problems. I'll shoot some pictures with the Nikon tomorrow. The iPhone pictures are terrible.

NOW CAN I GET SOME CORAL?!?!?! LOL The local reef club meets Saturday and there is a frag swap going on among other things including a frag tank raffle.

I'M GOING TO GET THIS THING STARTED!!!

$100 - T5 lighting with moonlights
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I also had some time today so I worked on some critter guards (or so I'll call them) for the refugium. It was starting to finally get some gunk growing so I threw some hermits and snails in shortly after. They are just held in with a little pressure. Cheap and easy! I'm still working with left over egg crate from my cichlid build



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So this evening I spotted a brand new 4 bulb T5 fixture with moonlights and hinged legs for $110. It has 4 new Sea World bulbs. 2 54w 12,000k whites and 2 actinic bulbs. I offered $90 and we settled on $100. So I guess I'm only paying off 1/2 the skimmer when the cc bill comes now hahaa. I had to jump on it though.

The tank looks way better. I hope the newer bulbs are a better spectrum than the God knows how old PC bulbs I had, possibly helping with any algae problems. I'll shoot some pictures with the Nikon tomorrow. The iPhone pictures are terrible.

NOW CAN I GET SOME CORAL?!?!?! LOL The local reef club meets Saturday and there is a frag swap going on among other things including a frag tank raffle.

I'M GOING TO GET THIS THING STARTED!!!

$100 - T5 lighting with moonlights
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$1447 total to date
Finally!! YES you can get coral now. But don't get SPS yet until you replace your PC lights. The bulbs are probably doing more harm than good. lol make that an even $1500 and order 2 bulb t5s from aquatraders.com for $50 then you can keep the easy SPS like montipora.
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