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Old 10-25-2006, 11:17 PM   #11
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He said medium lighting earlier on the post which will be about 4 WPG. Thats all I have and I have medium light corals. Here is my tank if you want to see a medium light tank



Also LR and a skimmer is all the filtration you need IMO. I went that way for years. Since I`ve gotten this 125 I have LR and a skimmer and a fuge now. Good Luck. We are here to help.
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Old 10-25-2006, 11:36 PM   #12
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thats a SWEET tank but i will have a 55 gal so i wont be able to have the setup u do so besides the skimmer heater hydrometer lighting and powerheads wut other equipment do i need? wuts a good number of powerheads to have in my size tank? im planning on having a 10 gallon sump so wut stuff do i need to make the water get there? and wut would be a good return water rate for a pump? srry i have soo many questions:P
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Too many questions is OK because it shows you want to learn. 1/2 of those corals were in my 55 so it will look just as good on a smaller level. Just remember that that pic is 9 yrs of work. Nothing comes fast in this hobby unless you want a mess. I would say 2 PH`s would be good. 10 gallon sump would be good. That is what I had on my 55. Sounds like you have a good plan here. Keep asking question. Good Luck
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so how does an overflow work exactly? that is what takes the water to the sump right? does it matter how i set the sump up?

thanks for being patient!!
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ok ive been trying to figure out everything i need to get and the pricesso i will just fill you guys in. so i got lighting(metal halide if i can find some cheap), circulation pump, powerheads, protien skimmer, Live rock, Substrate, salt-mix, refractometer, storage container to mix and age water, ro/di water purification, test kits(i dont know wut kinds i need), siphon, thermometer, heaters, backround paint(no idea where to get that, want black), fish food, net, supplements, and fish. What would be a good list of inverts? Ive heard that people have trouble with their hermits eating their snails? if i start with a fish only system (with sand and live rock) and wait a month or 2 then add invertibrates and when i get proper lighting will the lr be good for a reef say about 6 months after i put it in the water?

well let me know what u think
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Looks like you have a great list of supplies there. I use liveaquaria "clean up crew" as a rough idea for my clean up crew. I wouldn't buy as many as they suggest. Those "kits" tend to be more for a mature tank and if you dump all those in there, they may starve in a newer tank. I would just reduce each batch by about half. I only have about 3 hermits in my 55G, now. If you get some, make sure you go to a craft store and buy extra shells, bigger than your hermits, so they can move into them, when they grow. You could probobly get away with adding your clean up crew before you have proper lighting.
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...backround paint(no idea where to get that, want black),
If you're doing a glass aquarium, just get some black latex paint and paint the OUTSIDE of the back glass panel. First coat will look horrible. Just keep building up coats until you can't see through and it looks good from the front. Think I ended up with 8-10 coats on mine.
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-is it possible to have too muchlighting on a type of coral(if i had strong
lights on a medium)?

. is it possible to buy 2 ten gallon acrylic tanks, use the 1st as a sump and the 2nd as the refug and drill holes in them(to connect them) or will they shatter? is there any other way to connect them?

-Will the macroalgae in the refug be able to be washed over the glass baffels, if so what do i need to put between them so they dont move?

-would it be best to make one 10 gal sump/ refug or two seperate ones?

- what kind of pump would you recomend for a return to tha main tank, internal or external?

im still full of questions but am planning on buying the aquarium tomorrow.
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The hermit crabs eat the snail to get their shells. Go to the local craft store and buy a bag or two of small plan (undyed/paintd) shells for the tank (very cheap). Rinse them off and drop in your tank. make great decoration and supply new home for hermits. your lfs may give you some empty shells, LOL, but it does hurt to ask.
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thanks ejs4!
I have access to shells from the ocean so would be ok if i used those instead? or would they bring in chemicals and other bad things?

How long does my tank need to cycle before I can add inverts?

how does the ratio 75lbs or base rock to 20lbs of LR?
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