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Old 03-15-2007, 11:42 PM   #31
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Hmm. Thanks for pointing that out! I usually consider DrFosterSmith spot on when it comes to recommendations, but that seems small considering what I've read and also heard from some of my better LFS.

Great... now you got me thinkin' about it again!
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Old 03-16-2007, 02:59 PM   #32
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Good discussion - probably moot at this point since I am going to convert that 29g into a reef before long, and I don't want to prematurely endanger my precious corals - once I can afford the equipment that is... ...by the way, 65w of CF over a 29g would be able to grow most any zoos, polyps, and shrooms and some lps, right?
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Old 03-17-2007, 07:37 PM   #33
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Hmmm...probaby, yeah. 2 x 65 would be a lot better.
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Old 03-17-2007, 07:41 PM   #34
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I agree with DT on this one...if you can manage it go ahead and get a double 65w. Then you can go with a 10k or 15k and then an actinic bulb and get good spectrum for your corals.
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Old 03-19-2007, 04:55 PM   #35
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An update - testing has shown my 29g tank is cycled as of Saturday! Yay! We are noticing some things on the LR, so that's a very good sign to me! How soon until I could/should be adding inverts to this tank?

We are going to be setting up our QT tonight for the tank (10g) tonight. I think that tomorrow we are going to look at False Percs to put in there.

I am starting to design the plumbing for the sump (my first design), so there are some challenges to the design that I haven't anticipated. Can anyone point me to a calculator to determine overflow rate, so I can determine which return pump will work?

I did pick up over the weekend a 1x65w CF fixture, and will be supplementing that with the Current USA NOVA T5 Retrofit kits (1x14w each, 2-3 total). I am thinking of replacing the 10k bulb in the CF fixture, and replacing with a 6700k bulb, then the T5s will have 1-10k, 1 Actinic. So that would give me a total of 65w+2x14w = 93w (or 107w if I add another T5). Of course, I have to build a canopy to house this all.

Oh, and we picked up the 125g last weekend. 8O Came with 4x96w coralife CF fixtures (yippee! ), and a CPR3000 sump/CPR CR-202 Overflow, but I have to plumb the sump still and buy a return. I think that we are going to start a fowlr with this guy for now. I will post some pics later tonight of the 29g and 125g.

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Hey, question: When purchasing a heater to put in a sump for a tank (say 40g sump for 125g tank, what size heater do you get? One sized for the tank, or one sized for the sump?
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For the overflow...what ever your overflow is rated at 300gph, 600gph ect...you need to have a pump that will match but no exceed that at the height you have to pump it to. For example....300gph overflow....a pump that moves 300gph at 4' (assuming your sump is 4 feet below your tank) would be a good match.

Heaters....I would get more then one heater for a tank that size...IF you need 400w to heat your tank then I would get 2 250w heaters....don't rely on one heater to do the job as one can fail and if you have 2 then you always have a backup!
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I agree, I have two heaters in each of my tanks.
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Thanks - so the heaters should be rated for the entire water volume.

Another question - is an Aqua Medic TurboFlotor Multi SL protein skimmer too much for a 29g? Should I buy a smaller rated skimmer for this tank?
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I like two heaters rated for the entire water volume.

I had the Aqua-C Remora on my 29 gallon and it was rated for 100 gph. IMO, it would take a lot to overskim a tank.
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Sweet - thanks for the info. I need to get a second heater when I install my sump - anyone got links to doing the plumbing? Also, is there a chart for determining gph v. pipe size?
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