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Old 09-17-2013, 10:05 AM   #11
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I ran a 3 stage canister filter on my 20gal for 2 years and never really had a nitrate problem, I did have a good amount of live rock though. Every month I changed the filter media and rinsed the bio ball with old saltwater taken from the tank for water changes.
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:48 PM   #12
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Will take I go on board and see what works best for me. Thanks
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:50 PM   #13
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Don't use any bubblers in salt water. It will splash the salt all over everything and cause salt damage to everything including the tank, wall, and lights.

For a reef tank you are going to want 10x - 40x the tank volume per hour in flow. I would shoot at minimum for 20x myself. If your canister doesn't put out that much I would look at adding a powerhead or two.

What lights do you currently have?
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Currently standard fluorescent but am slowly converting everything. I'm in no rush to do this as I'm aware that the longer you take to set up te better the out come. Have been recommended daylight tube and a blue light so will need to adapt lid for second tube. Will remove bubblers. Filter is circulating at about 20 so that's good and am getting power head on Saturday. If its exactly what I want I'm not afraid to ask for guidance or take my time to do it.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:21 PM   #15
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If they are the t8 fluorescent bulbs you will need to upgrade them if you want to keep corals. A dual t5ho will work well for softies but I use one of the chinese 120w LED lights over my 20 reef an it is working exceptionally well. imho it's better to upgrade the lighting now rather than waste money on adding more light that wont be sufficient when / if you decide that you want corals.

As for bulb selection on fluorescent lights I would go with a 10000k and an actinic for my color selections.
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How easy is it to add a second housing as my lid only has one fitting fortune. Am more than happy to do as am wanting corals and want best for them when I put them I
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How easy is it to add a second housing as my lid only has one fitting fortune. Am more than happy to do as am wanting corals and want best for them when I put them I
Most lights that will support corals are made to either hang above the tank or rest on legs that sit on the edges. It's pretty standard to get a glass lid to accommodate them.

As for modifying, Im not sure about the best way to do that.
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So maybe if I construct a glass lid it would be easier?
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Yeah, most likely.
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