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Old 08-21-2011, 10:45 PM   #51
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been busy working on it and here is the picture with the two PAR38 bulbs going. Tomorrow I will get another clip type apparatus so i can get rid of the lamp. The colors are stunning in person. Really brings out the pruple on the rock but not in an obnoxious way.

I also am testing a theory with this tank. It came with a bottle of butrafin cycle so i am adding that. Lots of people go back and forth about it working and here's a great opportunity to prove or disprove it.

I had the rock only wet for 30 minutes on the way home so I expect and hope I get some die off. I am rethinking adding ammonia now as I got all live rock this time around. I will test parameters in the morning if I can wait. lol

pretty soon it will be light discussion time....I anticipate that being a nightmare. lol

here's the tank lit up. Still haven't added the background yet. Working on it. Also have some major re arranging to do with the rock, I think I may have gotten too much for my purposes. :-(

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Old 08-22-2011, 03:00 AM   #52
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Coming along quite nicely...
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:51 AM   #53
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Looks great, can't wait to see it when it's finished.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:01 AM   #54
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So being the anal retnetive fool that I am, i tested my water last night. i had between .25 and .50 ammonia and no no nitrites. Just tested it now and I have 0 ammonia and no trites. Do you think that this is the spike from the live rock? I usually use live rock with new tanks and generally within a week i have fish able water.

I'm kinda in a hurry to move the pico over to the new tank, it;s way too crowded in there and the corals are contstantly on the sand bed due to my crabs knocking them over.

I'm not looking for a super huge bioload in this tank anyway, for now only a half inch clown goby and inverts would be going in. i was gonna wait awhile to move the clown over.

i was gonna dose ammonia but it seems I had some already sowhat do you guys think? Or should i start a new thread?

The ph and salinity is balls on accurate and the temperature is 78 degrees without a heater, same as the pico.

I;d love to start rockscaping and moving corals over today or tomorrow....I'd even consider leaving the goby in the tank for a few days to be sure.

Any thoughts guys?
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:23 PM   #55
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Just got back from lowes with some scotch tape for the background and a new clip on light socket.

Not sure I like the look but I suppose for now I'll have to deal with it.

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Old 08-23-2011, 12:00 AM   #56
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lol So this is the mystery build??
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:02 AM   #57
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Yeah, wanted to do something different this time around. Planning on making it a coral only tank pretty much.

Though I may have to either keep the led's I;m using and hope they are enough or I need to get a mh setup. I can't find anything led appropriate for this tank.

Nothing but bad news today I tell ya....this was supposed to be my centerpiece...:-(
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Old 08-23-2011, 12:17 AM   #58
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Same here my metal hallide is too strong for everything in my tank. I've had 9 heads of frogspawn and now I'm down to 5. My Galaxy is dying, my Long tentacled plate coral died and everything was doing great while my metal hallide bulbs were out and I was using 108w T5HO. Im trying to decide if I should sell it and get a 6 bulb system but I really like the shimmer that gives life in the tank
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So I guess a 250 will be way too much for my tank then..would a 150w be any better? I want to grow most corals but not bleach them. lol I already have so many t5 setups I wanted to do something different.

The colors I;m getting wiht the led bulbs is awesome too. Maybe I can just add a blue one and put it on the back glass wall. I woudl think 3 par38 bulbs should be enough.

Wheres mr x when ya need him lol
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Yea u think a 150 is enough. I guess I'm just gonna need to use my hanging kit. My parents said no drilling the ceiling tho.
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