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Old 04-27-2009, 04:28 PM   #11
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lol I would hope so and like I said before my expertise would be in freshwater aquariums so when i said fertilizer i did not know thank you for the catch. if i were to go with that strong lighting as pointed out earlier would the 45 gallon tank still be ok with some powerheads running to circulate the water?
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Old 04-27-2009, 04:34 PM   #12
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The depth is the issue. The lights would not be able to penetrate that deep. You would have to go with MH lights and then you would have to add a chiller to cool the water.
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Yup... what thincat said. In a nutshell... with a deep tank for a reef you inherit a bunch of problems that you're going to fight, from day one.
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heres a quick note... the tank i have is about 22 inches in height maybe a little less is that going to make a difference in opinions? I have a regular light on it now not sure its from 55 gallon tank but it came with the hood but i have plants growing now on the bottom of it and they are healthy and multiplying.
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to give you an idea of lighting on a reef tank

I have a 120 as I mentioned. I have 2x 250w MHs 2x110w VHOs and 2x54w T5s on my tank. That is 828w of light on my tank. My 55g frag system has 570w of light on it 2x175w MH and 220w of VHO.

As I said before it is all up to you which tank you use for SW. I just think you will do better with the 55. Heck for that matter check craigslist for a 55 people are selling tanks all the time on there. I'm sure you could find a good deal.
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20" is max for t-5 HO lamps, any deeper and you would need MH lights as I said above. What plants? Saltwater or fresh?
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the 45 currently has freshwater plants and fish the reason i want to use the 45 instead of the 55 for a saltwater aquarium is because I have a pleco who would enjoy the rectangle shape and more room to swim in
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20" is max for t-5 HO lamps, any deeper and you would need MH lights as I said above. What plants? Saltwater or fresh?
Where did you get that information?
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also craigslist is a good idea and im not planning on starting this project for another year or so
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the 45 currently has freshwater plants and fish the reason i want to use the 45 instead of the 55 for a saltwater aquarium is because I have a pleco who would enjoy the rectangle shape and more room to swim in
Keep the same things in mind for your reef tank. Smaller is more difficult to maintain.

If you are waiting a while to do this then I say save up and get that larger tank you mentioned. Personally I would not start with anything less then a 55g tank. Bigger is better and more forgiving.
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