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Old 03-02-2012, 08:29 PM   #51
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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.
Stupid phone- not gpg, gph.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:43 PM   #52
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How would these lights do? I think it comes with moonlight LED's too. I like the idea of a digital timer.

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Old 03-02-2012, 09:48 PM   #53
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For powerheads, I would look into (2) options: On the budget, but still awesome side - Hydor Koralia 750's. You would get two, and they are great. You can find them on Amazon shipped for $35 each.

On the high end, and even more awesome, would be the Ecotech Vortech MP-10w ES's. These are about $285 each, and they are fantastic.

Lighting:

I was a big fan of the AquaticLife fixture that I had. Mine was a 4-bulb and I replaced the bulbs with ATI bulbs. (2) Aquablue specials and (2) blue pluses. They did really well for me and I kept a nice mixed reef under them.

I agree, however, that if you are serious into keeping some of the more light demanding SPS (small polyp stoney) corals, you will either want a 6+ T5 fixture or "Good" LEDs.

As far as the built in timer, I loved it. It was super easy and never had any issues. Mr. X has brought up the point though, that if your timer goes out, you are SOL. You can buy fixtures without the timers and get the $5 timers from walmart or homedepot to use.

I have since upgraded to LED's myself and love them.
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As for your ealier questions about flow (gph), it depends on what you do. For a FOWLR the rule is 10x, but since you are looking for a reef, the answer is 30-50x per hour with the leaning towards 50.

So 55x 30= 1650, 55x 50 = 2750gph. Anywhere in that range should be sufficient.

I would also recommend adding a sump system to your tank. Basically, another smaller tank under your tank to hold more water volume, plus the heater, skimmer, and return pump can be hidden in there as well.

Canister filters aren't really used much in SW, as the reef tank typically puts most of the filtration needs into biological filtration from the liverock in the tank. A good rule is 1-1.5lbs per gallon of rock. So 55-83lbs of rock.

Some of this could be in the sump as well. A refugium typically works best in the sump as well with some macro algae like Chaeto in it for added nutrient removal.
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You can get timers much cheaper than 5 bucks at walmart. BUT, here is the link to the LEDs Mr X is using that I was talking about. If he says that his SPS are growing and showing great color under them, its def true.

Aquarium Coral Reef Tank black Blue LED Grow Light 120W | eBay
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For powerheads, I would look into (2) options: On the budget, but still awesome side - Hydor Koralia 750's. You would get two, and they are great. You can find them on Amazon shipped for $35 each.
I saw they have a unit of the same brand for a little more and it does 1400gph.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0036S...0739780&sr=8-4

Would that work or should I have two seperate units?
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As far as the built in timer, I loved it. It was super easy and never had any issues. Mr. X has brought up the point though, that if your timer goes out, you are SOL. You can buy fixtures without the timers and get the $5 timers from walmart or homedepot to use.

That is a very good point. I might as well get the homedepot timers and save some money.
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(2) powerheads are generally recommended so that you can have good, variable, flow patterns in your reef
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In my 36 gal bowfront, i am running 2 750 and one 550 koralias. I have a 1050 coming since I am upgrading to my 55 gal. I will prob keep the 750s and add the 1050, then using the 550 to stir up saltwater.
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Ok- I posted before I saw the gph post...

So if I got 2 of the 1400 gph units would that work? Or do they make one for 2700 gph.

I am really unclear on the whole sump thing. I guess because I've never seen on working I cant picture how it works. Time to hit YouTube and more Internet sites!

Here is what I think happens. Something pumps water into the sump bucket where live rock is housed. Then the live rock filters the water and the water is returned to the tank somehow?

Why is this necessary if I have coral and live rock in the aquarium?


Thank you all for being so patient and explaining everything. It's like a whole new world to me!
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