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Old 07-20-2013, 06:37 PM   #71
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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.
I paid $220 for 2 aquatic life fixtures on my 40g planted... I would hope I could take care of lighting on this one for $150 or less.
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If I where you I would by 15 or so pounds of dry rack and a few pounds of live to "seed" the dry rock. Live sand would be good as well. Then all you need is a heater and thermometer power head and bam you got a fowlr Fish Only With Live Rock tank!
Just be sure you let the tank cycle. I know it can be tempting to just throw some clowns in right when you set it up. But you gotta make sure there is 0 ammonia. 0 nitrites. And low nitrates. Then you'll be ready!!! Lol good luck! I hope your son likes the tank!!!!
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Oh didn't read the most recent posts lol good lick with the reef
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:52 PM   #74
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Go on ebay and type in Dimmable 120w led! They are around $130 and will support anything!!!! I really wish I got that light lol oh well
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I paid $220 for 2 aquatic life fixtures on my 40g planted... I would hope I could take care of lighting on this one for $150 or less.
Yes, search for "Taotronics dimmable LED" on ebay and amazon. This fixture will allow you to keep anything, for a decent price.
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:14 PM   #76
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Oh didn't read the most recent posts lol good lick with the reef
No worries. The reef part will come much later. I want to learn some of the dynamics of the SW tank before I start with corals. Your advice is still good!
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Yes, search for "Taotronics dimmable LED" on ebay and amazon. This fixture will allow you to keep anything, for a decent price.
I will definitely check them out! Thanks for the tip.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:58 AM   #78
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Well, the time is quickly approaching. The stand is done (pics to come), the paint is drying on the back of the tank, and all the equipment is ready to be set up.

Planning on using Fiji pink sand and about 25 pounds of live rock to start with. Should be up and running Thursday evening.

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Pair of true perculas
2 Fire Shrimp
Purple firefish
Six-line wrasse (maybe)

Suggestions/corrections more than welcome. I won't be stocking fish for quite a while. The only "must have" is the pair of true percs.
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All set up. Only 20 lbs of rock, but will probably add more in the weeks to come. Still hazy, but it has finally taken shape.
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The water has cleared up, so now I wait.
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