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Old 10-07-2012, 03:32 PM   #51
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+1 for the Red Sea kits. I gotta get all of their test kits soon to replace these API test kits I still have -_-

But I highly recommend picking up an aquarium star up book. Here's one of my favorite books so far. I have several more but idk where they went.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:45 PM   #52
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Thanks so far how about lighting?
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My lighting budget is $360 because I can get 2 teotronics lights for that price and I'm seeing if I can find anything with a lower price but as good
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:17 PM   #54
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I feel dumb I just remembered my reef's lighting is Deep Blue brand not Coralife -_- I love my Deep Blue system and highly recommend them. My other 2 systems have Coralife.
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How much watts per gallon should I have if I'm thinking of putting different corals in the tank an fish
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How much watts should the light have per gallon of my tank if I'm thinking of many corals and many different fish?
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How much watts per gallon should I have if I'm thinking of putting different corals in the tank an fish
Around 4-5watts per gallon if not 6
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What light do u think I should get then because the taotronics is rated at 120w each and I was going to get 2 but right now it looks like I will need 5 of them just to keep my coral alive (don't have any yet) so that's about $900 which is way out of my league for lighting
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Welcome to large reef tanks lol. If you did softies like Zoanthids and Mushrooms you could get away with 3watts/gallon
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Watts per gallon isn't an accurate rule, especially when it comes to LEDs b/c they have a lower wattage than MH and T5 HO etc, but they penetrate through the water really good. My lfs got LEDs and they say they only have them on 50% and sometimes it's too much for even the SPS. Check the par rating. Don't know many LEDs or have personal experience with them. I know ecoxotic, ecotech, and aquasol are great companies that have high quality LEDs, but they are really expensive and prob. won't fit in your budget.
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