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Old 11-01-2004, 09:15 PM   #11
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If your going to migrate over to reef eventually, I wouldn't bother with the 2x65w PC. It won't be enough.

For a reef depending on your tank dimensions, I'd suggest either 2x96w powerquads minimum or better still MH.

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Old 11-01-2004, 10:16 PM   #12
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I'm very limited because I have a corner tank. the 24" fixture takes up a lot of space, but I can probably go to 30" or so

I'll need to build a canopy to keep my cats out and hang lights so I can remove the glass top

All of this is "way too expensive" for now. The coralife (yep) is 130 watts and small enough to fit. I know I want a reef eventually, but mostly I just want to get a few fish and have them live in a place that's not so bare. Coralline and some microcritters would make it much more of an ecosystem and much less of the "glass box with bare sand and rock" taht it is now. hirocks and dry aragonite are kinda boring. I don't want "bad" algea to take hold, but if I don't have enough light for coralline, it's kinda silly to spend another $80 on 10 lb of live rock only to see it die.


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Old 11-02-2004, 10:26 AM   #13
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If your good with DIY stuff you can use the 2x65w later on when you upgrade the lighting, just consider this the first step towards something better. The main thing to avoid is spending alot of money on something your not going to keep. Lighting being quite exspensive is something you only want to do once.

If you think the 2x65w is something that won't go to waste, ie.. reworked into a home built hood with additional lighting for a reef, then I'd say go ahead. If you don't think that's something you can't swing, I'd wait until you can afford something better.

It's really up to your budget and DIY skills.

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When you say "coraline" algae, do you just mean the purple algae?
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Old 11-02-2004, 05:14 PM   #15
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When you say "coraline" algae, do you just mean the purple algae?

If so, yes. <<Coralline>>.

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