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Old 07-12-2013, 12:03 PM   #61
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Excited. Picked up some 1/4" acrylic at Home Depot for my sump baffles. Had to cut it myself, but wasn't too hard. So, now I have pretty much everything I need to set up the tank. We just have to paint the stand (and paint the room it's going in). It should be up and running next weekend!

Any suggestions on sand? I want the kind with crushed corral, and plan to do live sand. I kinda like the look of some black in the sand.
To Each, His Own... I do not like the black in the sand!! I've been picking pieces of snail shells, etc b/c I just want clean white sand!! But that's just my preference. I can't decide if I were to do it over again if I'd go w/ a VERY thin layer or crushed aragonite or w/ sand. I would like the look of thick, thick sand but don't want to deal w/ the NitrAte probs, etc of a DSB.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:41 AM   #62
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Well, my sump is now complete. I have very minor leaks between some baffles, but I think they will still serve the purpose. With this, I have everything I need to set up. Just need to paint the stand and off we go! Can't wait to see this thing done.
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:09 PM   #63
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Update: I was happy to find that the fixture that came with my aquarium kit is a Coralife dual light T5 fixture that had two 14 watt T5 bulbs for a planted tank. Went to the LFS and bought a 14 watt 10,000K and a 14 watt actinic. I'm not sure, but this seems like a pretty good starting place for my lighting! Thoughts?
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Update: I was happy to find that the fixture that came with my aquarium kit is a Coralife dual light T5 fixture that had two 14 watt T5 bulbs for a planted tank. Went to the LFS and bought a 14 watt 10,000K and a 14 watt actinic. I'm not sure, but this seems like a pretty good starting place for my lighting! Thoughts?
Good light for fish only and some lower light corals.
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Good light for fish only and some lower light corals.
Would it work for leathers, zoanthas and such?
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Yes, it should.
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:32 PM   #67
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Yes, it should.
Do you have any "down the road" recommendations? I don't want to do anything overly complex, but want to have options. What about these?

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Those are just for looks. An entirely new fixture is what I would recommend if you want higher light corals. I would have purchased it now, instead of lamps for the one you have, and then add on fixture(s), buy once and be done with it.
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Those are just for looks. An entirely new fixture is what I would recommend if you want higher light corals. I would have purchased it now, instead of lamps for the one you have, and then add on fixture(s), buy once and be done with it.
The fixture I have came with the kit. Just cost $20 to rebulbing with "marine" bulbs. Figured that was good enough for now.

Any recommendations for a reasonably good light? I don't need the perfect light that will let me grow everything... Just something that will give us a bit more flexibility. I really like the soft ones for his tank, anyway... Maybe more light isn't even needed.
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Try what you have, and if you see any corals you add lose color and go brown or dull, you will know you need more light. 28 watts of T5 over a 25 gallon tank isn't much.
As far as a new fixture, give me a ballpark budget, and I'll try to hunt you down something.
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