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Old 10-17-2008, 02:17 PM   #1
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how does this sound

i have a 45g tank fluval 104/penguin100 filters 45lbs lr 30lbs aragonite reefsand 1140 penguin power head and i will be bying this lite today 36 in nova extream includes 2x39w t5 ho slimpaq 10000daylite 2x39w t5ho slim pack 460nm actinic 3 moon white lunar lites and docing mounts. i would like todo some coral a pair of clowns and a dimond goby. for the rest i am looking for some suggestions. i was sold a damsel before i did enough research so i have a little azure damsel im not sure i want. my tank has been cycling for a week today should i do a water change? i bought some live rock thats purple i heard this is good? but i saw a lil crittler in the rocks the best thing i could comparit to is very tiny underwater centipeed is this bad? i bought the reef master instant ocean test kit is this an ok kit? it only tests for ph nitrAte calcium phosphate and alkalinity is it possible to detect the cycle with kit? or de i need to buy another. money is tight i will hacve spent close to 600 dollas by the end of the week.

thankyou very much your health is much appreciated and has led me to switch lfs. they tried to tell me i didnt need any light upgrade at all for anenomes and i dont need water changes just sppliments. thank again
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I would save your money and get the nova extreme PRO, I had the nova extreme and it kinda fell apart on me. The Pro have better legs and rounded reflectors for better light diffusion.
You will need to get test kits for ammonia, nitrItes and nitrAtes to follow your cycle. I wouldn't waste the pH, ca, phosphate and alk tests during your cycle.
Once we know you ammonia, nitrIte and nitrAte readings we can further assist with the cycle question.
You centipede (just a guess with out pics) is possibly a bristleworm. I consider them a nice addition to my clean up crew.
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sorry for the deley

i got a test kit and tested for the first time nitrite was clear nitrate was clear and the amonia was zero. is the clear reading a zero? is this normal. as far as lite goes they did not carry the pro series.
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How long is the tank?
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36in iwent with the regular one not the pro. is it bad. isee wat you mean about the legs but i think it will be fine
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It's not bad, just make sure when you decide to change the bulbs, make sure you do it before lights on. That was my mistake. I turned the lights off for a little while and didn't allow the end caps to completely cool off and ended up cracking them....
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