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Old 07-13-2012, 05:16 AM   #41
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I love my vortech. It's also a wave maker built into it's controller with a ton of customizable flows. It's worth the money trust me bro and no extra heat in the tank since the motor is outside. MH lights with t5s and moonlight LEDs are the way to go but that's expensive. For my one tank I have aquatic life t5s with blue LEDs for night. It has a built in timer and is alot cheaper than MH
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Old 07-13-2012, 01:17 PM   #42
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I love my vortech. It's also a wave maker built into it's controller with a ton of customizable flows. It's worth the money trust me bro and no extra heat in the tank since the motor is outside. MH lights with t5s and moonlight LEDs are the way to go but that's expensive. For my one tank I have aquatic life t5s with blue LEDs for night. It has a built in timer and is alot cheaper than MH
I'm going to be keeping my eyes on craigslist for the light cause i've see the exact one i want for $150 on there before. For now i'm good with my lights though.

I'm probably going to start with the Hydors just due to being on a budget right now but I am starting to save for a couple of MP10s. I don't see why the Hydors won't work to get me started unless i'm missing something.
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Mp10 I great but I'm looking for a tunze 6095 nanostreamI believe it's called. A little more than a mp10 but has a wider flow and would be great on the opposite side of my tank. Then I could turn the vortech down some. But for a budget I'd probably use what your talking about. I have a small one hovering right above my frags in my grow out tank.
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Thoughts on something like an OceansMotion OM4 instead of powerheads?
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I officially got the wifes approval to go ahead with the reef tank! Woohoo!!
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Nice! Post your build here!
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Old 07-16-2012, 12:30 AM   #47
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I will for sure (and lots of questions)!

Question 1: do i need a lid for the tank or is open top ok?
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Open top is fine, but you'll need a screen do nothing jumps. It will evaporate faster, but ph will be higher, which is good.
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My PH here is a steady 8.4 all the time. Is that sufficient or is it to high?
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I like my ph higher and it stays at 8.3 with the glass canopy on top. My skimmer puts alot of oxygen in there. Water evaporates way too fast and can get your parameters out of wack really quick. More evaporation means higher salinity along with everything else. Unless your willing to test every day I would put atleast a glass canopy on top
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