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Old 12-11-2011, 01:33 PM   #1
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First Time 30 Gallon Reef Build:)

A little background...I currently have a 36" long x 12" wide x 20" high tank that's current residents are getting upgraded to a 55 gallon. I've gotten conflicting numbers as far as gallonage is concerned, 30 gallons being the smallest so that's what I've decided to consider it to be on the safe side! And I would really love to turn it into a reef That being said this is my first SW so all help and input is appreciated. This will probably be a slow and steady build as I have my very first nephew on the way and I have a hard time controlling myself in baby section these days. So now that that's out, I would love some critique on my proposed equipment. Most of these items I've picked up from reading through threads constantly!

So possible 30+ tank

2x aquaclear 70 (1 for a modified refuge)

2x Koralia 750

4 bulb T5 fixture from fishneedit (I'd like to keep a good variety of coral, some higher lighting so suggestions here are valued!)

50lbs PFS

And I'm thinking if just ordering the 45lbs of Fiji standard live rock from LA, the closest place that sells SW other than Petco is 2 hours, so 90% of this will be ordered including stock. Opens the options up anyways!

What I'd love some ideas on are a good refactometer, I have an API for fresh (would it be better just to add a high Ph and get a higher end reef kit?). I've read salifert is a good option but all I saw on a quick google were the individual tests. Is there an all in one? Also I'm looking into am RO/DI unit, nothing hard core. But I live out in the sticks with country water so it's probably a good idea!

Any and all input is appreciated!
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The 2 750s might be a tad much. I have one in my 36 gal bowfront that has similar spec to your tank and it is realy all the movement my tank needs...though I do have a 550 in route to me for more circulation behind my rocks.

And glad you have a nephew on the way, it'll force you to go slow
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:09 PM   #3
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It was my understanding that when you were going reef you basically wanted hurricane winds? I'll have to read some more, my first order is gonna be the Pocket Guide for Marine Fish, does anyone have a good reef read suggestion?

And thank you! Liam Charles is getting his first tank for Christmas, and he's not even born!
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It was my understanding that when you were going reef you basically wanted hurricane winds? I'll have to read some more, my first order is gonna be the Pocket Guide for Marine Fish, does anyone have a good reef read suggestion?

And thank you! Liam Charles is getting his first tank for Christmas, and he's not even born!
Congrats on ur nephew and goodluck w ur sw build. I am the same way. I just. Kind out im gonna be a dad and am in the process of movvng the contents of my 14 gallon biocube to other tanks so I can et up a dwarf seahorse tank in the nursry
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:00 PM   #5
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Visually stimulating, good for development! And it gives me a whole other house to set up tanks
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Hi there. I like your list, looks good. I think you'll be fine with the 2 koralia 750's, I ran 2 in my 29g tank.

here is the refractometer that I got

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and here is the cheap ro/di unit. It's not the best out there but its a great deal for the money

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By the way i calculated your tank demensions and it said 37.847.....so it looks like were both workin on a 37g tall build at the same time but im not filling mine until tommorow! X(
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Hi there. I like your list, looks good. I think you'll be fine with the 2 koralia 750's, I ran 2 in my 29g tank.

here is the refractometer that I got

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Those both seem perfect! Thanks you
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By the way i calculated your tank demensions and it said 37.847.....so it looks like were both workin on a 37g tall build at the same time but im not filling mine until tommorow! X(
When I googled the dimensions I got everything from 30-38 and everything in between. Filling with buckets/jugs seemed horrible:/ But that's even better now that I know! And I think I read that talls are better for reefs because you can place corals low and high. Does 45lbs sound sufficient for a 37 tall then? Kinda seems on the minimum side...
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Not too awful much to update. I picked up the upgraded tank yesterday (55 gallon for 20$!). I plan on painting the back tonight. So really im still in the process of getting everything ready to move stuff around.

I'd still like to know if 45lbs seems like too little for a 37? And also is the 4 bulb structure going to limit my coral options.
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