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Old 07-16-2003, 02:03 PM   #11
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One good thing about my budget, is I dont have to pay for any electricity or water. I`d like to take a moment to thank Uncle Sam, and everyone else paying taxes,... Just kidding. I live on base, so its all free.

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Old 07-16-2003, 04:37 PM   #12
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OK...we'll send you a bill . Kidding. I agree with Dan about the clams and the lighting. If you can go MH, do it. You may also want to include some PC or VHO actinics with the MH. Since a 55 is a 4' tank, you'll need two 175w MH's. Or...you can get VHO tubes in 48" and 46.5" lengths. I'd use at least three if not four bulbs. You can get an Icecap 440 ballast that will run three bulbs. Or you can get a 660 which will run four bulbs. Another option, and I haven't tried them but have heard good things about them, is to check out www.hellolights.com . They have reasonably priced VHO setups using an ARO ballast. For the Icecap systems, check out www.championlighting.com .
One other thing I haven't seen mentioned in this thread is water. You don't want to use tap water in this tank. Either buy an RO/DI unit or find a somewhere you can purchase RO/DI water. You could use distilled water, but I think that would get expensive. Tap water has all kinds of nasty stuff you don't want in your tank. I believe the military uses RO to process drinking water though...any engineers or seabees on your base? They might be able to hook you up with some good clean water.

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