Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-27-2010, 11:22 PM   #21
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Jersey Shore
Posts: 44
Thank you! I thought it was going to take a while. I am now concerned over the lighting in this tank I am thinking about buying. The Red Sea Max 130D. Someone mentioned that lighting isn't enough for corals. The tank got great reviews when launched last year and its the "refurbished version" so I think the company would want customer success?

I read reviews and no one mentioned the lighting. Do you the formula for watts per gallon?
__________________

__________________
SquanGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 11:24 PM   #22
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Jersey Shore
Posts: 44
Thanks Ray...BTW, what is IMO stand for?
__________________

__________________
SquanGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 11:25 PM   #23
AA Team Emeritus
 
austinsdad's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
Sorry. In my opinion.
__________________
-Ray-

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 11:33 PM   #24
AA Team Emeritus
 
austinsdad's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
You know the difference in hard/SPS vs soft/LPS corals? Whatcha thinking bout doing? Hards take much more and need calcium supplements. There are plenty of soft coral that thrive on water changes and decent, but not overly strong lighting. Formulas for lighting don't always work since tank depth can make penetration an issue.

Gotta decide on which and let that help help guide your setup buying.
__________________
-Ray-

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 11:36 PM   #25
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Jersey Shore
Posts: 44
NO I haven't gotten to reading yet on soft versus hard corals. I will look into that. The tank is 34g so its not huge. I am really not even thinking about what kind of coral. I will want the "easiest" to take care of...
__________________
SquanGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 11:40 PM   #26
AA Team Emeritus
 
austinsdad's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
Focus on LPS then. Mushrooms, frogspawn, hammer, leathers (kenya tree maybe), zoanthids, etc. You'll see. Good luck!
__________________
-Ray-

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 11:41 PM   #27
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Jersey Shore
Posts: 44
Thanks Ray, I will read up on that. Have a good night.
__________________
SquanGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 11:51 PM   #28
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Krypt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Holley, NY
Posts: 752
With the lighting, it will all depend on what type of corals you are planning. A majority of people will get the best lighting they can afford because it offers the flexibility to keep many different types of corals. Just going with the lights in the all in one will limit your range of coral species.

As far as the "turn key" setups, I tend to think of those setups as money shredders. If you don't get involved in the hardware and learn how everything works, then when something goes wrong, you'll need to call for help and maybe even pay to have someone fix your tank. It is much , much cheaper to get the components yourself and make it to your liking.

The basic shopping list to start your own tank is:
1.) Tank approx. $20.00-$100.00 (if you hit up craigslist you may score a deal!)
2.) bucket of Reef crystals salt approx. $60.00
3.) Some jugs of water from the Reverse Osmosis water machine at Walmart(Big blue one) approx. $0.40 per gallon.
4.) 40lbs Live Rock approx.$120.00
5.) 1 or 2 bags of dry aragonite sand $40.00
6.) Heater approx $30.00
7.) 2 power heads (Koralia series are great!) approx $50.00
8.) Master Test kit approx $35-$45.00
9.) Bak Pak protien skimmer $50-$100 (EBay may get you one for as little as $20)
10.) Lights anywhere from $150.00-$350.00 depending on type you can afford. T5HO lighting seems to offer the best bang for the beginner buck and those run around $250.00.

As you can see, the lighting system is the most expensive part and even with that, buying your own stuff and building it yourself would save you $200.00 or more. There's alot of places to buy second hand equipment and anyway to shave off a few dollars here and there will be money left to spend on corals and fishes!
__________________
Krypt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2010, 12:04 AM   #29
Algae Fighter
 
JustOneMore20's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 3,872
Send a message via MSN to JustOneMore20
One thing about the tank you are looking at....I haven't seen 22 watt bulbs for T5 or Power compact (those are 2 different type of bulbs btw)....so it may be hard to find replacements...I don't think that is a common wattage. Just something to think about. I've had fixtures where bulbs were almost impossible to find...and its frustrating.

I know it seems easier to buy an all-in-one kit, but I think you could get a bigger tank for about the same amount of money if you did some shopping around for equipment...and definitely if you bought a used tank.

LPS corals are nice....same with some of the lower light corals like mushrooms. They have become one of my fav corals.
__________________
~Kristin~
2 planted tanks: 40g, 20g ; 38g Reef tank
My links to pics: 40g breeder planted build, 40g breeder planted update, My 38g Reef Build

JustOneMore20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2010, 12:25 AM   #30
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 637
Do more research before you buy that tank. I bet you will not be happy with it in the long run. for a beginner setup you only need a couple peices of equipment

1. tank (75 gal is a GREAT beginner tank) I would go with reef ready
2. protien skimmer
3. lights

as for stocking the tank 100lbs lr should do it

Read some of the build threads to get an idea of what you will need.
__________________

__________________
mdaniel2882 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
new to salt water, salt, salt water

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
love is... hopefully... in the air/water. enadeau12 Cichlid Discussion 9 03-07-2009 12:57 AM
Add your 2 cents - new article pages open Janet H Forum Admin & Announcements 0 01-26-2008 04:03 PM
Love is in the water! jinmon Freshwater & Brackish - Breeding 6 03-30-2007 07:16 PM
Swordtails 4 sale. Orange w/black tails. 50 cents each. JRB Archive 2 03-16-2006 09:21 PM
Please weigh in with your two cents worth : Water changes! ambulocetus Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 16 07-13-2004 07:40 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:48 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.