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Old 02-13-2014, 09:04 PM   #131
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You want to food thawed before you feed it, using rodi water is just clean water. Rinsing the food with rodi prior to feeding will remove the juices from the food and will not contaminate the tank as it would if you used straight tap water. You could use tank water also just make sure you rinse the food well and dispose of the juices. What I do is thaw the food then I use a tiny strainer over a spare bucket and squirt rodi water into the strainer to wash away all the bad stuff. Once that's done I feed then dump the bucket with juice water down the drain.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:05 PM   #132
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As far as coral goes it's really quite simple and easy to keep them. It all boils down to a few things to remember.
First off you have to have proper lighting, a 4-6 bulb t5ho fixture would be enough light however for the price get LEDs and save having replace bulbs. Just make sure research the led fixture as some claim to grow coral but aren't powerful enough.
The second thing to remember is to keep up on regular water changes, 10% a week is best, 20% every two weeks is also ok. Doing 50% once a month will work however it can cause large swings in water chemistry. Smaller more frequent changes provides more stability.
Third thing is feeding, be careful about over feeding. Only feed what your fish can eat in a minute. Another tip on this topic is that all frozen foods should be thawed and rinsed in rodi water prior to feeding to avoid adding the juices to the tank, they are loaded with phosphates which fuels algae growth.

With these three things in mind you should be able to successfully keep softies and LPS coral. Sps coral anemones and non photosynthetic corals require extra care and attention to detail which is easy enough to tackle after some experience, but for now baby steps. The only thing I can really see being an issue at this point is the light you have, it may even do the trick just let us know the details on the fixture and we can let you know if it will work or not.

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Old 02-13-2014, 09:13 PM   #133
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I am not familiar with that fixture but from what I have found by google searching it doesn't appear to be very powerful. The models I saw range from 25-45 watts depending on length. Watts aren't everything but it is a good indication of power levels. I have a 90g tank and have 2 lights each are 120 watt. Your fixture may be strong enough for some softies. Hopefully we can get mr x in here to weigh in on it as he is a lot more familiar with a broad range of things including lights.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:17 PM   #134
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I am not familiar with that fixture but from what I have found by google searching it doesn't appear to be very powerful. The models I saw range from 25-45 watts depending on length. Watts aren't everything but it is a good indication of power levels. I have a 90g tank and have 2 lights each are 120 watt. Your fixture may be strong enough for some softies. Hopefully we can get mr x in here to weigh in on it as he is a lot more familiar with a broad range of things including lights.

Mine is three foot long. And yes Mr. X please come lol. If I can't keep any corals, no biggie. Just happy I can keep fish alive (hopfully) 😝
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These are for looks, and not to keep photosynthetic creatures.
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These are for looks, and not to keep photosynthetic creatures.

Okay thank you so much!
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Mr x saves the day lol, what would we do without you x
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:47 PM   #138
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Get a taotonic or similar LED fixture. For 120$ you can grow whatever you want.
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How much snow do you need to cancel school there?
Weve been out of school for 3 days, its usually 2" and schools closed, depends on black ice though. Theres 3/10" black ice on the roads.
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Weve been out of school for 3 days, its usually 2" and schools closed, depends on black ice though. Theres 3/10" black ice on the roads.

Oh yea black ice is dangerous to drive on
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