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Old 03-01-2012, 03:20 PM   #41
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Get an API Master Test kit. Make sure it is for saltwater.
Anemone's can be tricky. You shouldn't get them for atleast 6 months after set up to make sure everything is stable.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:18 PM   #42
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Get an API Master Test kit. Make sure it is for saltwater.
Anemone's can be tricky. You shouldn't get them for atleast 6 months after set up to make sure everything is stable.
I would tend to agree about the nem. Mine is still pretty finicky. As for the test kit ati master for saltwater is a good one. Just whatever you do please don't get the test strips. They are really expensive and don't keep very long. I would get the single tests for calcium and magnesium once you start adding coral but you don't really need them until then. the master kit doesn't have alkalinity in it but I would add that right away and hold off on calcium and magnesium until you start adding coral. You can also test for phosphate but since you will be using ro water it shouldn't really be an issue. Oh but you will know if you have phosphates if you don't have a test kit either way! The film and hair algea will go crazy lol any more questions feel free to ask. We are here to help
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Did anyone have any opinions on the sea urchin? And what is you're experience with clams? I saw something like the one in the picture below at the lfs yesterday.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:39 PM   #44
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Would these be good lights for corals that need high lighting requirements?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...0&pcatid=21460
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Ime, i have never seen a reef safe urchin. They knock to much around. That unit is solid. I was looking for a 6 bulb by aquaticlife. Being honest, if you want clams you'll want more than 4 bulbs. And from all the research ive done in the last month it is more cost effective to get leds. Mr x got some units for 150 bucks off ebay. Some chinese knock off. No bells or whistles just on and off. They are treating his sps corals great. If he gives them his seal of approval then that is close to the word of god to me. I personally will be spending much more on my leds for the bells and whistles, only because how im set up i require them.
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Or you can get six bulb t5s for $150. Go to aquatraders.com and order a 4 bulb 48" t5 fixture and a 2 bulb 48" t5 fixture. You'll be able to grow SPS.
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I found this protein skimmer / refugium:

http://www.aquatraders.com/Hang-On-R...in-p/43017.htm

What is the opinion on canister filters? I thought this looks cool.

http://www.aquatraders.com/Odyssea-C...er-p/42044.htm
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Ime, i have never seen a reef safe urchin. They knock to much around. That unit is solid. I was looking for a 6 bulb by aquaticlife. Being honest, if you want clams you'll want more than 4 bulbs. And from all the research ive done in the last month it is more cost effective to get leds. Mr x got some units for 150 bucks off ebay. Some chinese knock off. No bells or whistles just on and off. They are treating his sps corals great. If he gives them his seal of approval then that is close to the word of god to me. I personally will be spending much more on my leds for the bells and whistles, only because how im set up i require them.
I'd like the urchin, but I did read that you have to have your rock very secure or they could knock it over. I'll just have to get more experienced. Maybe make a little nano tank one day and had some rock, a clam, and an urchin. Lol!

Thanks for the info on lights!

(what does sps stand for?)
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Or you can get six bulb t5s for $150. Go to aquatraders.com and order a 4 bulb 48" t5 fixture and a 2 bulb 48" t5 fixture. You'll be able to grow SPS.
Thank you for the info! I've been looking on aquatraders right now. Do tanks need the moonlights? I was thinking moonlights would be cool! A giant living nightlight for the living room...
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How many gpg should my power head pump? I have no idea. Just a reminder- Im looking into a 55 gallon long tank.

The lfs guy said I could get two pumps and put one on each side of the rank and have them set on timers so one goes for a while and then the other goes for a while.
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