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Old 05-29-2010, 06:40 PM   #21
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Old 05-29-2010, 07:37 PM   #22
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Why not a 5' 125g tank.
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Old 05-29-2010, 07:48 PM   #23
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55g. I consider it a starter tank for sw

Have you considered an LED light setup. Cost's more to start but no bulbs to change for years AND, I recently read that it prevents cyano and cures a tank of this pest alage because the light spectrum produces is so low in the yello-green range that cyano uses.
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Old 05-29-2010, 08:39 PM   #24
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Seriously whatever size tank you decide on you will truely enjoy it. Take it slow and enjoy each step in the setting up and stocking of your tank.
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Old 05-29-2010, 08:41 PM   #25
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55g for sure, The bigger the better. Easyier to stable water conditions and bigger and better options on fish and corals. (But, More expensive.. Lol)

LED lighting seems to be the new future to marine lighting, I would go that too if i had the cash. Quite expensive, But in the long run alot cheaper.
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get a tank as big as poss,it'll help in the end and you could use the 20g as a sump.LED's are spot on.I run aquaray 500 and aquafx 500.the fx is setup for sunrise at 07:00 full light at 12:00 and moon light from 21:00 to 24:00,plus a few extra colour changes,the effect is brilliant.
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Thanks for all the advice and suggestions! I am still up in the air but will decide shortly. The next question I have is about the sump/refugium set up. How nescessary is this part to any tank? It seems to me to be an integral part of the set up, but I can't see the whole picture as to its importance. A brief explination would be invaluable to me as I want to set up the tank correct the first time and have as few mistakes as possible. I have seen some pictures and drawings but can't see what it really does and why it is so important that everyong has them set up... Thanks again...
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Okay, all a sump is, is a place to add more volume to your system. It is also a place to add more LR to your system. The sump will also be able to hide most of your equipment...Skimmer, heaters, ATO etc. You can also use it as a place to grow macro algae..cheato or the like. This is the refugium part of the system. I'm sure I missed something, but someone else will chime in...
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If you go with a 55g, see if you could talk your girlfriend into a 75g, it has basically the same footprint as the 55g, but it has more front to back room which makes scaping your live/base rock easier than in a narrow 55g. Plus the extra 20g of water volume is a plus with stocking and parameter stability. HTH.
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