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Old 10-11-2009, 11:56 PM   #11
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Guessing this is the light he has? 30" AQUALIGHT T-5 Double Strip Fixture - AquaCave Guess it's not HO from the description. Good eye melosu!
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:45 AM   #12
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thanks for the advice guys!, i called marinedepot and had my order changed for the hydor again . i guess i will be using FOWLR for a bit and maybe change to Soft Coral later on. im not a big fan of hard corals anyways ..

more advice on what im missing? do i need an extra type of filter or im good since im using 25-40lbs of rock and a really good skimmer? more Help people xD ( i love this forum, it has brighten up my eyes to see that salt water fish keeping is tons of fun and a wonderful thing)
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Is the fixture I posted above the same one you have? If so, I would not add any coral. I was thinking that the fixture you said you have has 2x36w T5 HO from your description, but now that I see there is no HO in the description thanks to melosu and that it is just 2x18w, I now think that it is not good for any coral. I would stay with fowlr until you feel comfortable to move onto reef, then get the nova extreme pro.

Do you have test kits, a refractometer, or thermometer?

You should be fine with just the rock if you seed what you have in there now with live rock.

Hope this helps.
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Old 10-12-2009, 04:26 AM   #14
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yeah i have that light, i can wait a while for my tank to be cycled and have its algae growth for a while before switching over to reef or soft corals. yeah i will be purching a full master test kit and a thermometer. im not sure if i should spend buy a refractometer or a hydrometer... and if so what type of refractometer is decent for a low price?.

i will be also getting 2 Koralia NANO 240GPH
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There are refractometers on ebay that you can grab for $20+shipping. I would get 2 koralia 1's as the nanos won't push the amount of water you will need. 20x-30x turnover per hour is best. With the nanos, you will barely be getting 16x turnover per hour. In my 20g nano-reef, I have 2 koralia 1's pushing the bulk of the 55x turnover per hour in there. HTH.
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That fixture would be perfect for softies. You can also get a good range of the LPS corals with that light too.
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Thats great!, its on sale so im happy paying 100$ !!!!!!!
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Old 10-17-2009, 08:14 AM   #19
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while cycling my tank with live rock and sand

am i suppose to leave my skimmer and filter running also?
or just leave the heater and Power head running without the filter and skimmer?

also should i add 1 cocktail shrimp?
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I would run the filter. Running a skimmer during you cycle can slow your cycle, but the skimmer needs to go through the break-in period to remove all the oils on the inside which can take a few days to a few weeks so it may not do much during the cycle if you have it on. One raw, unseasoned shrimp should do you fine for your cycle. HTH.
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