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Old 04-27-2012, 05:29 AM   #11
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I just got the same tank but have not started yet. What are you using for lighting? The light fixture that came with the set up is not enough for a reef tank. I want to go with a t5 light but I'm not sure what fixtures would work if I want to grow corals etc. What did you go with?
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:58 PM   #12
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You'll want upgraded lighting if you plan to do more than just fish. We upgraded the stock hood with a 55W kit from AH Supply but it's barely enough for some of the corals we've gotten. It's a pretty color in the tank but limiting.
I wish I hadn't gone the cheap route because I'll probably end up getting LEDs eventually anyway.

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great background. pretty color!
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:16 PM   #14
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I started with one of those canister filters biggest mistake could never get my water stable
now I just use a penguin 150 bio wheel filter with just a skim pad to catch debris and its there if I need to run carbon
also a sea-clone skimmer and 3 500 gph power heads
my tank is about 2 months now and has come alive
after your tank cycles you should add your clean up crew first
than about a week or 2 later your first fish,

I have 2 lps corals I got for free but in reality they shouldn't be in there yet I just had no choice since I wanted them and had no one to keep them for me
I just got lucky that they are holding up well
just wait you'll have a nice tank in time
here's mine little over 2 months

best of luck with your tank
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:29 AM   #15
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great background. pretty color!
Thanks! It's just a poster taped to the back. I like the color too tho, may have to look into some matching paint options in future.

For a more current thread of where our tank is these days:
Facing facts - ich confirmed, going fallow

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