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Old 02-20-2011, 08:51 PM   #31
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Btw as for cleaning the rocks in the sump should I wait till I can get some fresh salt water to put them in? And what kind of lighting should I use.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:14 AM   #32
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you definitely have to clean them in salt water. i would have new salt water made up anyway, for the DT. you are going to want a tub or drum or something to have R.O. water stored in and also to mix new salt water. you can't mix it in the tank with fish in it.

as for lighting, do you want to keep corals/anemones/clams, or is this just going to be fish? if it's just fish, you can use pretty much any lighting that will span the entire tank. fish only need light to see their food.
if you want to turn this into a reef tank, then you have a few choices:

1. metal halide lighting.
2. T5 high output lighting
3. LED lighting.

the best and most expensive being LED. all of the above choices will allow you to keep anything you want under them.
for a 6', 125, i would go with 3 x 250 watt metal halides, or at least a 12 x 39 watt T-5 HO fixture. you can use two 3' fixtures if need be.
LED lighting is new and expensive, but uses the least amount of electricity, and doesn't put any heat in the tank. there are many fixtures out there and few of them are worthwhile.
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Ok, thanks but I'm a little ignorant when it comes to the abbreviations y'all are using. And yes I'm doing coral.
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ok..what abbreviations didn't you understand? R.O. means reverse osmosis.

DT means display tank.
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Ok that explains some, thanks I'm in the process of cleaning the sump today and tomorrow going to wipe down the tank again. Called a LFS today to find out what the price was on the live rock and water **** its expensive. Live sand $50.00 for 40 lbs, water $.99 a gal, live rock on sale $6.00 a lb.
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don't buy live sand. buy dry sand and rinse it well and add it to the tank. it will become live on it's own.
buy dry rock from marco rocks or bulk reef supply. it too, will become live on it's own and won't have any bad hitch hikers.
also, look into a R.O.D.I. unit. make your own water at home.
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Are those online stores? And what is R.O.D.I. system. I'm completely lost here.
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