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Old 10-15-2011, 10:12 AM   #1
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finally joined!! please help

Hey guys! My names Noah and I've been doing saltwater for 2 years now but just restarted less than 2 mo the ago making it a reef tank. I have very minimal knowledge of corals etc and I live alone and im broke most of the time trying to survive (I know....wrong hobby for poor people) but I love it. Im addicted! ! I've been referring to your forums for months but just registered today. Having said that...here's my stuff guys:

55gal with 90-100 lbs LR 40-50 lbs LS.
20 gal custom built (by me) sump/refugium.
2 weak powerheads....aeon something like that..??
1 drop per 10 second custom built kalk drip
My return pump is attached to a custom made spray bar for surface movement
My fear...is I was lied to and tricked....I currently have a very old (just found out about its age.....2+years) 12" metal halide....

Stock:
2 diff zoo frags
1 tree/leather frag
1 disc
2 acropora frags
My beloved sun coral (still training to eat)
Some button polyp colony with roughly 20 polyps.
Dozens of nasarius snails and hermits
1 sally lightfoot
1 serpent star
4 peppermint shrimp
1 cleaner shrimp
2 bengai cardinals
1 green mandarin (doing excellent)
1 large sea cucumber in refugium

Parameters:
salinity. 025-.026
Ph 8.4
Calcium 450
Alk...."good"...lfs tests my stuff can't afford kit yet
Nitrate 0ppm
Temp 80-81

I plan on getting a 4 bulb HO T5 aquatic life fixture...but it will take months on layaway with my budget. Any help/advice etc for now??? Will my babies be okay for now..???? I love you guys and respect all advice/opinions...like I said I've been passively checking forums for months.

Look forward to hearing from you all thank you!
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Old 10-15-2011, 10:14 AM   #2
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Welcome to AA! Can you post pictures of your tank? I would love to see it!
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Old 10-15-2011, 10:20 AM   #3
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Sure thing!! Ill try to when I get home from class around 1.
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Old 10-15-2011, 10:21 AM   #4
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Any words of wisdom with my lighting predicament??????
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Old 10-15-2011, 11:21 AM   #5
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-Note: I am a freshwater, so don't assume I'm 100% correct on this.

I'm not sure how long your corals can go with that light, especially if it's two years old (the bulb), since most bulbs start to lose their power after seven or eight months or so, my guess, since I've read you change them every six months for saltwater.

If you don't like your fixture, there's a website called fishneedit.com, which is where they sell equipment you need like lighting, powerheads, etc. for cheap

Your weak powerheads...are the aquaeon ones? I'm not sure about that brand of powerheads, but everyone seems to be recommending koralia powerheads.
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Old 10-15-2011, 11:24 AM   #6
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Is it possible to just buy a new halide bulb in the meantime? I got a really really cheap 150w on ebay for $10. lol
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Old 10-15-2011, 11:27 AM   #7
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Bruins: noted. Thank you. Im going to check the site.

Carey: really? Do you think it'd suffice?? Its one of those fixtures with the metal guards over the bulbs....not entirely sire how to take it apart. But if its a match then he'll yes please!
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Old 10-15-2011, 11:29 AM   #8
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if you have a halide fixture can you not get a new bulb for it, prob cheaper than a new light assembly with decent bulbs, just a thought.
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wow a lot went on as i started... yeah, you can find em cheap, do you have the double end or a socket style?
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Well I figure any light is better than having an old bulb running for a few months.....Just be sure that the corals are all underneath it and you should be ok for a short time while you save up for a new fixture. You can also invest in the fish need it;lights; food;Sponge fixture like mentioned above....Do you know the wattage on the MH? And how do you have it set up for now on such a large tank? A picture would be great!
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