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Old 06-16-2013, 08:10 AM   #11
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I would definitely like to have a green tip long tentacle anemone of some type as housing or shelter for a percula clown, a bubble anemone or a blue carpet amemone, a green or red brain of some sort , some nice torch coral, descent size lavender mushroom, orange green polyp colony, candy cane coral , trumpet coral but this is in the long run when my tank is done cycling this is what I would like to work towards, but I would like to be prepared and get everything i would need now so when its complete cycled start buying. Not in a Hugh rush for putting anything in it yet taking my time .
IMO with some of those corals your gonna want to upgrade your lighting. Also have you thought about adding a power head or even upgrading the stock pump?
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:46 AM   #12
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You can upgrade the current bulbs to the 40 watt bulbs but that's about it.. as for not being able to keep anemones that is false I've had mine for two years know under a total of 80 watt pc in my 24 aquapod... Candy canes ,brains mushrooms leathers Zoas star polpys Xenia Kenya all do extremely well not just surving but growing extremely well also...
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Hears some brains I have had for two years in this same tank

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Old 06-16-2013, 10:50 AM   #14
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Those brains would look better and healthier with better lighting IMO. I would but anything like that under those power compacts but that's just me. I'm not start a pissing match with you over lighting of the bio cube and what you need for what corals. Point is... You have those corals yes. Are they surviving? Yes... Are they thriving? IMO no...

To the OP if you want healthy looking corals with amazing colors and a thriving tank either upgrade the lighting or stick to what will work in the tank under the stock conditions.

Of course water parameters, salinity etc all play a HUGE roll as well as tank maintenance.
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:44 AM   #15
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Was not trying to start a pissing contest was just informing the op that a cheap upgrade to 40 watt pc bulbs which can be done with out a new ballast that these corals can be kept ...As for the brains they are growing and have realy good color the red one has doubled in size...And not sure but this pic imo it seems to look good and healthy ...

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Old 06-16-2013, 12:11 PM   #16
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IMO with some of those corals your gonna want to upgrade your lighting. Also have you thought about adding a power head or even upgrading the stock pump?
I've actually have modded the filtration a little I have a marine land mj1200 powerhead in the tank and in chamber one a protein skimmer and heater chamber 2 DIY media rack with live rock rubble purgien and chemi pure and chamber 3 is coral life s-100. Salinity is sitting pretty at 1.025 the temp is 84.4 and I've only had the tank up and running 4 days 2 turbo snails were attach to the lr from my job and made it to my tank but they are doing great. my nitrate was high as well as my ammonia so I did a 5% water change last night so I'm gonna test it later on tonight and suggestions? Also if I do mod the hood what do you suggest I go with given the type or corals I'm trying to house?
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:23 PM   #17
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You don't need to do a water change until the cycle is finished. You want the levels to raise so the proper bacteria can develop, and then the levels will drop off on their own. That is how you will know when your cycle is finished.

For lighting... I would upgrade to something like this.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BIOCUBE-29-G...80775055604%26
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:27 PM   #18
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If you mod the hood and go with a led you can keep sps lps if you just do a bulb upgrade like I suggested you will be limited to Softys and some lps corals ..
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If you mod the hood and go with a led you can keep sps lps if you just do a bulb upgrade like I suggested you will be limited to Softys and some lps corals ..
I also have a uv sterilizer I just haven't plugged it in yet I'm on a little bit of a budget as well and we don't sell those lights at my job any cheaper sites I can look for. Or DIY kits that are cheaper ?
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Lighting is going to be expensive. I suggest you stick with the stock lights for now and upgrade later when you have some extra cash. The PC bulbs aren't that bad and there are plenty of corals which will thrive under them.
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