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Old 04-26-2010, 07:08 AM   #11
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could i run 2 x 150w mh, 4 x 54w t5 ho and be ok for most coral?
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:44 AM   #12
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ok lets try pictures



thats my second attempt at that. first one didnt come out great but may be savalagable we will see



diy rock. this is a batch i made a week or so ago. its not bad. used just a tad to much water with the cement mix. its pretty porous still but can be better. you can hear it suck in water when you submerge it so i know its good.
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Hopefully one of the experts will see this thread soon and can help you with the lighting lol.
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someone was kind enough to send me a private message. i sent him a link to the light i like. i just know i would like a clam in the future and want to make sure 2 150w mh will do it. along with the 4 t5's
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ok i picked up my tank filled it with water and tossed in a couple of pennys for good luck.


just kidding about the pennys and water. wanted to see if anyone was actually reading this. but i did get my tank. really glad i went with the 75g as the front to back space 18" is really nice.

i made a executive decision and decided im going to go with pool filter sand. ive used it with no problems in a fresh water system and nothing i have read has suggested it wont work in reef aquariums. i just personally see no reason to buy "live"sand. your paying for a marketing ploy instead of the product. so im going with pool filter sand for this tank.

i have concerns about my stand. not that i dont think im building it right but i dont see how it is supporting the weight. im missing something cause i dont think the weight should be on the screws and it seems to me like they are. once i get the legs on ill post a pickture to show what i mean.

i put a bid on lights. im going to go with the 2 150watt mh / 4 54w t5 ho fixture. after spending 140 for the tank (new) and 250 for lights all my big priced items are out of the way i think. next 2 paychecks ill get the ro/di unit, salt, test kit, heaters and pumps and be ready to go i think. besides odds and ends.

im still looking into doing something funky with my sump/fuge system. im still giving it some thoughts thou so cant reveal details yet.
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Lovin the diy rock! I'm no expert on lighting etc- but I will be tagging along also!

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ok lets try this

how do i know how much circulation ill need? ill have the return from the sump so i need to know how many pumps ill need inside the tank. im guessing the return from the sump has an upward flow to hit the water surface. then maybe one blowing from left to right at the bottom of the tank? one blowing right to left mid area blowing across the rocks and one left to right blowing slightly down or one blowing in the back of the tank?
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:39 AM   #19
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A should do fine under 150wMH, May loose a little color but nothing noticeable i don't think.

And yes, 150wMH will be fine for most corals. Most SPS will need 250wMH, But some you could place at the top of your aquascape.

Looking good!
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I'm tagging along too... she has 2 MH and 4 T5 HO that looks good to me... for circulating pumps that depends on what type of reef you want... what I'm doing is I'm getting 2 return pumps that put out 50% of the water turnover I need each and splitting them in 2 so I will have the equivalent of 1 pump and 3 power-heads. Some other bonuses about running 2 pumps is if one kicks the bucket you still have some water turnover.... if you ever go away for a few days at a time I would say 2 pumps is a must (in my opinion but I'm no expert)
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