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Old 02-21-2007, 02:45 PM   #11
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You could get a 10,000k 150 watt MH and add some HO or PC actinics to increase the wattage.

But a 14,000k 150 watt MH would be fine.
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Old 02-21-2007, 04:21 PM   #12
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Besides the extra wattage, it will put off a lot of extra heat
This would be a factor to consider. You might be better off with the 150 for this reason.
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:08 PM   #13
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Go for the sand. I started with CC and Crushed shells. I spent several weeks after that changing the substrate out. You don't want to have to do that.
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:30 PM   #14
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sand all the way!
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:33 PM   #15
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cool thanks for all the imput guys u are all great.
i have agronite sand in my little 24 gallon tank now. its a all in one tank. i dont know what its called but it was a waste of money.lol. so i will take the 20lbs of sand thats in that tank now after my LR is done curing and the cycle finishs. and add another 20lbs to it for a total of 40lbs in the 30g. and call it at that. or should i have a deep sand bed? mabey 4 inchs?
i think the math comes out to be about 90lbs of sand in a 30g to equal 4" sand depth.
i just ordered my Sunpod 150watt light today. it will be here in 7-15days. gives me time to get every thing set up.
i dont want to rush anything. i am shure i will have a few post when i get it how to place my rock and stuff and where to put my light.. and so forth..
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Deep Sand Bed is a debatable issue. For as many people that recommend it, you will find just as many that hate it.

I have found that about 2-3" works well for me. I can stir it up a little with each PWC and get at the stuff that is growing on the glass under the sand level, and not have to worry about Sulfides that come up in the anaerobic spots in a deeper sand bed.

Some people even run bare bottom tanks with just rock and no sand.

Just make sure that howeve deep you make your sand be, place you rrock directly on the tank bottom so that you don't get any deadspots under the rock and so that any diggers you might get don't cause a rock slide as they dig under the rocks.
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I would add about half that sand and save the rest for your next tank, and believe me, there will be another tank. LOL!
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Old 02-21-2007, 11:30 PM   #18
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cool. well it looks like my cycle is on the back stright now and should be done by this time next week for shure. give or take a few days lol.
so now i have my light coming and my sand depth decided. about 2inchs is what i am going to go for. how long can Live rock be out of water befor stuff dieds off? its going to take time to set the rock on the tank bottom and find a way i like it. then i have to epoxy every thing together and then add my sand. then finaly my premixed airated SW.
plus does any one know how to stack LR in a square fish tank? do i stack it up in the center or work it up like a mountin on the back glass? (wont that push on the glass and brake it?)
and where do i get that paint to paint my tank in the back. and whats it called?
sorry about all the question in this one post but i like to keep every thing in one place i can refer to if needed lol. thanks again for your time
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I think I would do an alcove type arangement with that tank...smaller rocks so you have more flexablity on placement. That could be an awesome little tank! I agree with your purchase of the 150! You will like it and it will do well for that tank! I think I would go a bit deeper on the sand bed though! Before I moved my 72g tank I had rock right up against the back glass and didn't have any problems from it. I've seen tanks at my LFS with rock against the glass and these tanks have been set up for years. I guess it's one of those things...personal choice...also you have to take into account whether you are going to be moving things around in the tank a lot.
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sweet but whats a alcove? i have 2 great big LR's and a bunch of flat peices and some small peices. i even have some tonga branch. should i epoxy evey thing together?
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