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Old 03-15-2009, 08:04 AM   #1
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OK.. this is what im working with

to be short and sweet, I'm new to marine set ups and Ive been reading a lot but the terminology is whooping my but lol. I'm looking up types of light and overflows and all this trying to see if it looks like mine, guess i need a marine picture dictionary so i took pics to show!
now for all you pros and semi pros, this is my set up 47 gal. not sure of the specific terms for the type of equip. i have, i know it has 2 bio wheels...can ya tell me what is missing and what type of "overflow" or lighting i have, its a regular fish tank light.(guy at the store said its fine for coral or clams) no reflective material inside and is it possible to set it up as a reef tank? corals inverts and have a dwarf lion-fish or 2 or a fu manchu lion-fish(later on of course) or should i get a "wider" less tall tank? OHH and my tank is super clean! is there a way to increase good bacteria? I spent a fair amount on it and i do have some live rock in it but not a whole lot(bout 5lbs) compared to the 10-15 lbs of non live base rock
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I'll let the experts chime in more on this, but you're going to need some real strong lighting more than likely if you'd like corals in the tank. Tall tanks arn't really good for reefs.

Your fish are going to be limited, since there is limited surface area. You'll haveto have less fish than you would for a 47 long for example. I would definatly get more LR and also throw in some raw grocery store shrimp in there to get your cycle growing.

Dont always trust your LFS - certianly ask here first, it'll save you lots of money and trouble!
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thanks, i kina figured id be limited on fish due to the short wdth and raw gocery shrimp. i nevr thought of that! thanksfor the tips! i plan on gettin more LR its looking like im goig to have to order it because the stor outhere chargs like 8.50 a lb!
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Try using base rock as it will be much cheaper. Base rock will become live with nitrifying bacteria over time. You might want to consider a skimmer. What type lighting is that?
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Old 03-15-2009, 03:56 PM   #5
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im not really sure...its a plain covering(no reflective materials) single bulb F15T8/5500k daylight bulb, 18" hg if that makes sense
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The light you have is okay for a FOWLR
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You may want to purchase a Protein skimmer when you pick-up more LR.
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thanks, id like to addsome corals being that im not going toh ave alot of fish due to the width of the tank, should any suggestions of wattage/type of light? and a guy in the pet store told me he has a small light on the side of his tank in accordance with his top light for added lighing to his tall tank his amin light shining down and his secondary small light shining across...ive never seen, hreard of or read anything in here like that.. the way he described it it sounds almost like a spot light. type of deal. Is that effective or is he just a crazy old man lol
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You could get away with using 1- 250w mhl . they say 3-5watt per gallon.
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ok, so he wasnt crazy lol thanks
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