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Old 08-13-2011, 07:27 PM   #11
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Wow! Did you stub your toe too NCFishguy? Lmao!
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Ok, so far I think I have decided on a 150 gallon minimum (I just don't like the 18" depth idea - I saw a 120 that was approx: 48" x 24" x 25" - I like the more squared out depth to height vs. the narrowness of an 18").. I will probably have to get myself to somehow spend the extra on a 36" x 36" x 27" or look around for a custom sized 150 or bigger.

Anyways, back on topic, a 150 gallon glass minimum with these as a minimum equipment list:

3x Koralia 5 (1650 gph each)
CoraLife Protein Skimmer 220 (500 gph)
200 - 250 lbs. Live Rock
200 lbs. Live Sand
Aquarium Heater (big enough for a 150 gal)
Hood and Stand (I will probably build one myself for it with the help of my husband)

I am still stuck on:

What kind of Lighting System for a 150 gallon reef
and anything else I need.

Please give me your opinions and suggestions on all of this. Thanks!!
Depending on what you want to house as such corals there's alot of diff lighting. I like the diff growth patterns of sps corals, there for I would go with HQI with T5, and or compact. One could also spend a little more and go with LED's, more money but no bulbs to replace! Some people went with a six bulb T5, compared to the HQI, and did just as good. Plus saved some money on the light bill. It all depends on what you would like to do. I would check into reef LEDS thou. Alot of money up front, but saved one heck of alot over time!
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