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Old 01-01-2011, 12:44 PM   #51
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looks nice. what is that substrate? shells?
yes, from this. ( Mr_x, take a look at my last post on the previous page about the corals if you missed it with all the quick posting)
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:55 PM   #52
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you could keep mushrooms if you wanted. look for kenya tree coral too. that should do ok under that single bulb. i have a few pieces in the sump that have been living there for about a year now, under 2 curly-Q energy saver bulbs. they are not thriving, but they are living.
just watch the shrooms. if they start to lose color, you'll have to upgrade.

worst case scenario, all you would need is something like this to keep shrooms, and probably some other lower light corals easily-
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Old 01-01-2011, 01:01 PM   #53
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since i have a shallow tank light penetration is on my side, i was going to place them medium to high level in the tank.

how long should my tank be established in order to start with corals?
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mushrooms? kenya trees? you can put them in as soon as the cycle is complete.
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well thats good to hear. im going to wait atleast a month to add fish, so i would like to make as live like as possible to help with stress when i add fish. idk if thats necessary but sounds good to me if i was a fish! haha
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you should look for locals with reef tanks. it should be quite easy for you to find someone who is willing to sell you mushrooms and the like very cheap, or possibly even free.
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^^ thats awesome! i had no idea, thank you!
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Old 01-01-2011, 03:13 PM   #58
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man there is a lot to learn with reefs! im not to fond of worrying about who will be good with who. just need to find something simple that can multiply to give some color to the tank.
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then you are heading in the right direction with mushrooms. they pretty much cover the rock and need little in the way of care. just do your regular water changes and they will be fine.
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maybe a week after my cycle ill order some mushrooms than. see how they do close to the surface with my T8 50/50

so i fixed my dilemma with current flow in the tank, i took the motor off my HOB filter and im using it as a power head! haha 100gph does nice at the bottom of the tank, i rearranged the rocks so the water flow goes between all of them.

little tacky now but function over form for right now.
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