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Old 03-27-2010, 05:54 PM   #11
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You will also need a refractometer to check the salinity of your water. Don't waste your money on a Hydrometer because you will buy a refractometer in the end anyway.
Also save yourself $100 and just buy dry aragonite sand. It will become live by the end of your cycle anyway or soon there after.
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Old 03-27-2010, 06:05 PM   #12
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save yourself about $600 and get a biocube... if you must have the 'all in one' tank, the biocube is going to be just as good as the one you're looking at, and about 1/3 the cost...

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Old 03-27-2010, 06:07 PM   #13
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The lighting system is 2x 22w 50/50 10,000k & Actinic T5 Power compact lamps plus two LED moonlights. They also say Electronic Ballast and fan cooled hood.

How do you know how many watts are good for how much coral?
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I have heard poor things about the BioCube. Yes cheaper but I hear you get what you pay for.

Have you heard good things about this product?
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well, this is just my opinion, but what are you getting with the red sea tank that makes it worth over $800? In all reality, you can piece together a much better system for way less than you'll spend on that. I've not heard anything bad about the biocubes, there are a couple people on here who have them and love them. With the red sea tank, you're getting less light with a bigger tank (compared to the 29g biocube), which generally means less options for corals. Its your money, and you're the one who is going to be looking at it all the time, its just hard for me to see you spend that kind of money on that tank. I dont have that much money in all of my tanks combined (150g, 55g, two 10g's, all fw, but equipment is equipment) so I would never buy that tank, or the biocube, there's just not enough options to upgrade things like you can with stand alone tanks and accessories, especially for the price
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THe reason why I was seriously considering the plug and play tank is I really don't know what to buy if I just buy a tank. This tank seams easy and I'm sure once you add up lighting, filters, tank, etc its gotta add up to what I'm spending plus a premium since its all in one? I think for someone like yourself who knows how to piece together a successful tank, buying a la cart will work but someone like me who is just at the beginning stages I would feel more confident with an all-in-one.
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I have a biocube and I love it. Never had a problem with it.
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Old 03-27-2010, 09:16 PM   #18
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$800 is a huge steep. i payed around $400 for my system all together, filter,tank,LR, test kits, salt, sand, heater, etc...and over the course of a month an additional $200 in upgrades and 1 fish, and a few small beginner corals. and only 2x 22w lights is a pretty low for a 39g. i think you want 3 watts per gallon i believe.
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Wow that lighting seams off then? 3 watts per gallon would be (34x3=102 watts). Is this correct? Are you sure the lighting seams low as I am confused by anyone would sell a product w/three times less needed lighting?
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You will not want to put coral in that tank for about 3 months I'm thinking. If you move too fast you'll throw away money and not enjoy this experience. The tank will have to cycle, then some adjusting and tweaking or a few weeks, and then diatoms will appear that cover everything and you'll think its the ugliest tank in the world. Then maybe a bit more experience and time to settle and learn to maintain the water quality and stability.

Now, that all took about 3 months. Then, you can put coral in it IMO.
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