Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 12-28-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Caybrook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Ontario. Canada
Posts: 34
New to the salt water world and setting up a reef tank

I know what you're all thinking " new to the salt water world and setting up a reef tank, this should be fun", and maybe it won't go as well as I hope but I'm giving it my best try.

I have a 47 gallon fluval tank that I am running a Eheim Professional 3 ultraG160 on. I have two hydor 1150 power heads with the wave controller. I run two heaters and two thermometers, one at each end. I bought 32lbs of live rock, which to my surprise came with an urchin who seems to be doing well so fat ( only set up for 24 hours now). I bought "salinity" salt and an RO system(aquatic life RO buddi) which is the slowest process I have ever completed in my life.

My pride and joy of this large endeavour so far are the two marineland Reef led lights that I am hoping will provide more than enough lighting.

I'm running a skimmer that is powered by a power head.

I bought all of this under the guidance of my lfs manager. Does it sound like I'm on the right track?
__________________

__________________
Caybrook is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2013, 07:32 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bribo12's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 9,117
Sounds like a good start! The only thing is those marineland reef leds kinda stink. With two of them you can grow softies and probably lps but definitely no clams or sps or nems.
__________________

__________________
20 Gallon SPS reef
29 Gallon FW "fat catfish" tank
20 Gallon Long Dart Frogs "Zig" and "Zag"
bribo12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Caybrook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Ontario. Canada
Posts: 34
Really? At $600 a piece I thought for sure it would be good. 3340lumens sounded good to someone who knows nothing about lights.
__________________
Caybrook is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2013, 07:40 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bribo12's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 9,117
Quote:
Originally Posted by Caybrook View Post
Really? At $600 a piece I thought for sure it would be good. 3340lumens sounded good to someone who knows nothing about lights.
Dang you could get a lot better lights at that price tag like radions or ai Vegas or kessils. I mean they work fine for the corals I mentioned but only use 1 watt leds each and don't penetrate water great. They aren't dimmable or controllable either. Anyway to take them back and spend that money on better lighting so you can keep more light demanding animals down the line.
__________________
20 Gallon SPS reef
29 Gallon FW "fat catfish" tank
20 Gallon Long Dart Frogs "Zig" and "Zag"
bribo12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2013, 07:44 PM   #5
member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Michigan
Posts: 22
Sounds good for just starting out. The Marineland reef lights are ok for keeping soft corals. I'm not sure what you planned on keeping but I don't think sps will fair well under these lights. I.actually had one of these lights and ended up hating it. The problem is that it will limit your coral selection.

Sent from my SPH-L710 using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________
Reefreak34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2013, 08:13 PM   #6
member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Michigan
Posts: 22
Holy crap, 600$ a piece?? You sure you got the marineland ones? Lol you could buy 4 kessil 350s for what you paid

Sent from my SPH-L710 using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________
Reefreak34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2013, 10:24 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Caybrook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Ontario. Canada
Posts: 34
ThClick image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByAquarium Advice1388283758.101089.jpg
Views:	82
Size:	227.0 KB
ID:	214026. These are the lights. The lfs said the only ones better than these were $800 each and I would still need two of them for my tank. I don't know the brand but they were roughly a one foot by one foot box and had two circles of LEDS on each side.
__________________
Caybrook is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2013, 10:27 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bribo12's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 9,117
Maybe radions but you can get them online for $600 each and are worlds above those lights. If you haven't taken them out of the box I'd return them and look into much better lighting. The eBay 120 watt led are really nice too and you'd only need 2. They run about $150 each. Or you could go higher end and get 2 kessil 360s or ai Vegas for $800 total. Both of which are dimmable and the Vegas are controllable.
__________________
20 Gallon SPS reef
29 Gallon FW "fat catfish" tank
20 Gallon Long Dart Frogs "Zig" and "Zag"
bribo12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2013, 10:58 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Caybrook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Ontario. Canada
Posts: 34
Wow. Really wish I had known that ahead of time. I already opened them and bought four year warranties so they can't go back. Have to see how I make out I guess and consider selling and buying others in the future.
__________________
Caybrook is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-28-2013, 11:01 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bribo12's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 9,117
I mean you got two so you should be able to keep lps as well as all softies. Both can look awesome in a tank and the lights aren't terrible they will look fine . You will still have an awesome tank .
__________________

__________________
20 Gallon SPS reef
29 Gallon FW "fat catfish" tank
20 Gallon Long Dart Frogs "Zig" and "Zag"
bribo12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ate, reef, reef tank, salt, salt water, setting up, tan, tank, water

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:51 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.