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Old 01-20-2010, 02:04 PM   #1
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Hey guys Quick question. Sometime tomorrow i should be getting 45lbs of live rock for my aquarium. Even though it is a 20gal i need to beef up my regular stock lights to something that puts out more watts. Would i be safe with and go pick up a 70watt metal halide and just run the one light?

As for my cycle it should be instant but I don't think I want to put fish in right away. can I still run the raw shrimp in the aquarium so the bacteria on the live rock can still eat?

The reason for the ammount of live rock is I will be moving and have a 55gal waiting for me there and would like to start off with a good batch of live rock.

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Old 01-20-2010, 02:14 PM   #2
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Sounds like a well researched plan though you'll want to address that light when you get the 55.
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oh yes. this is just for the 20gal. when i move up to the 55gal ill get 1-2 more of the same lights
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Does sound like a good plan. Usually MH`s have a 2 ft footprint.
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are you talking depth wise?
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ahh okay. makes sense. does the depth depend on the wattage of the bulb?
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No , The intensity of the bulb is what matters. MH`s have the most followed by T5HO`s. T5HO`s are supposedly good up to 24 inches of depth.
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So i got my live rock earlier today and got my tank setup. rock sand salinity 1.023. Its been id say 6 hours, how long does it usually take for a tank to be clear? Im still getting a hazyness
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So the cloudy went away sometime over night. I dropped in the raw shrimp befor i went to class last night and readings are currently at

Ammonia - .5
Nitrate - 5.0-10
Nitrite - .25
Ph 7.8
Salinity 1.023
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