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Old 12-19-2006, 12:56 PM   #21
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If aiming for reef I'd add another 20-40 lbs of base or lr, ditch the circular sponge which will always keep your no3 up, get the equipment mentioned already, get better salt like Reef Crystals or Tropic Marin which are better formulated for reef tanks.

I'd return the damsels as well personally.

Do you know if you want medium or high light corals?
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is the CC the base? and what is the circular sponge?

I think to start, the medium light corals look great. I think i will need a new lighting system b/c one of the light fixtures in the tank (which i found out is about 7yrs old) is broken and sometimes turns off. Any recommendations for the lighting?
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Old 12-19-2006, 01:16 PM   #23
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Forgot about your CC. I'd also remove that and replace with 80 lbs of aragonite sand. It's a pain but the CC will just trap waste and you will always fight the nitrate battle.

Base rock is just like lr but doesn't have any life. For base rock checkout Marco's base rock.
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Base rock is usually dry rock, that will become live. The circular sponge is the round black thing you have, in your pics.
I agree, ditch the CC, it is a pain to clean, I had it and didn't like it. There are some folks that love it...not me.
I have these Lights and love them. What is the length of your tank?
You can get the aragonite sand at the same site. I would go for medium grain size, the smaller tends to blow all over the place and the larger can inhibit your sand stirrers/sifters.
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Any recommendations for the lighting?
For medium light corals:
Nova Extreme T-5 Fixtures w/Lunar Lights, Coralife Lunar Aqualights, or Current USA would be fine.
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great thanks!

I was looking online for more info and don't see a lot of fish in these type of reef tanks, can you not have fish in a tank like this?

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Sure, you can put fish in there, just make sure they don't nip corals. I find liveaquaria.com and fantasyreef.com to be very helpful sites, to find info about critters.
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The circular sponge is the round black thing you have, in your pics.
Sorry, I am not sure which one it is

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New to saltwater advice (pics inside)

It's the thing in the blue box....I think it is some sort of DYI filter, not a living sponge. The sponge will become a nitrAte factory, if not rinsed in ols SW on a regulat basis.
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It's the thing in the blue box....I think it is some sort of DYI filter, not a living sponge. The sponge will become a nitrAte factory, if not rinsed in ols SW on a regulat basis.
lol, man that is the funniest thing all day! If i get rid of that what should I use?
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