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Old 11-15-2004, 07:02 PM   #31
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OK Now I understand the lighting so a 50/50 55/65 Watt bulb would be all I would need right? Or do I need to separate bulbs to get the full effect? Also I'm still not sure what substrate to get...crushed coral seems like it would take a lot to maintain. What do you recommend? Also how many GPH would a powerhead for a 30 gal tank need to be?

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Old 11-15-2004, 07:07 PM   #32
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If you got for the CF, a 55/65W 50/50 bulb would work just fine.

I like sand. But if all you are keeping is fish, then CC is easier to vacuum out. If you plan on having any critters, such as hermits or snails, I'd go sand.

Reef setups do 10x turnover, but you could probably get away with less. Maybe two smaller (100-150gph) powerheads to create more random flow?

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Old 11-15-2004, 07:53 PM   #33
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Ok...So here is a final list of everything I am going to buy or already have:
30 Gallon Aquarium
Two Powerheads
25lbs of Live Rock
Carib-Sea Reef Sand- 40 Lbs
Protein Skimmer
Inverts that Clean
50/50 55/65 Watt CF Bulb
Light Fixture
Water Test Kit
Aquarium Salt Mix

Is there anything I am missing? Also what do the clownfish eat? Also could I still have the clownfish if I didn't want to buy the live rock and lighting? Basically what is the minimum I would need to have clownfish, inverts that clean, starfish, and other small fish that are compatible with clownfish.
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Old 11-16-2004, 03:53 PM   #34
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That should do it. I just recently started a 30g SW reef tank and got two clowns who have paired up. Very cute. I love them. Currently, I have a AquaClear 200 HOB filter, protein skimmer (removed and to be replaced with a HOB fuge), 40# LS/ 30# LR, 5 turbo/20 nassarius (love these guys) snails, 10 blue legged hermits, banded coral shrimp, no corals yet. I check my water almost daily (pretty paranoid with my clowns ), and do weekly 10% water changes. Feed them a mixed diet of frozen and flake food. Brine shrimp is like candy to them but not very nutritional. Stick with mysis shrimp, blood worms, spirulina flakes. Check out this FAQ on feeding clowns. http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...hreadid=288782
Here's a pic of my tank

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