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Old 03-13-2013, 01:37 AM   #11
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I've tried to keep soft corals, mainly leathers, and mushrooms with lo wattage compact fluorescents but they did much better once I got better lighting.



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These all did pretty well using 4 Odyssea 36 watt 50/50 white/blue actinic rated at 3000k ea. these were power compacts. I just recently upgraded to 120 watt white/blue actinic LEDs.



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I have these soft corals are pretty easy to maintain, and it sounds like you are on the right track with your water quality and age of the tank.
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Old 03-13-2013, 04:47 AM   #12
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Do you think this type of lighting is fine just for some basic corals? Just to start off? Or would it be fine for just an all fish tank? This is my biggest concern for reef tanks and really want to start saltwater I've only had freshwater before and wanted to try this and just start with a 10 gallon I know it's hard but that's all I have to work with right now
If you wanted to get some hardy corals that are easy to maintain, you could easily go to your lfs and pick up a new bulb that will fit that fixture and will allow you a little more room for growth. Nps, is also another option. I have two sun corals that are nps. They require target feeding several times a week and little to no light. They don't use photosynthesis to feed or produce their food. Most lfs have nps in stock, they are just as sensitive as other corals as mrc said. You still have to watch your calcium, alk ph and mag. Plus your other basic stuff too. Liveaquaria has an entire section on them. Check it out...
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:12 PM   #13
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After I cycle my tank should I go coral or fish first?

And also, what would be the fastest way to cycle a tank?
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:33 AM   #14
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After I cycle my tank should I go coral or fish first?

And also, what would be the fastest way to cycle a tank?
You def want fish first, you need to wait for prob at Least two months before buying any coral. You need your tank to establish, some wait longer even as long as a year.

You can hang a piece of raw shrimp in your tank in a net or a nylon. Pretty much anything that will keep it contained so your not scooping out shrimp for the next month after your cycle ends.
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How long will it take to cycle with the shrimp in a net?
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It just depends on the tank, the shrimp will cause the ammonia to spike which will help the bacteria convert that to nitrites which will cause the nitrate bacteria to grow then it will convert that to nitrate. I hope that made sense, pretty much you wanna watch it go through all three phases. Ammonia, nitrite, and then to nitrates.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:46 AM   #17
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Oh ya is a cooling fan necessary for this tank?
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:43 AM   #18
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You prob wouldn't know until we time when the heat rises the temp in your tank or not...
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:17 PM   #19
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If I were to use this live sand along with fully cultured live rock would I still need to cycle the tank?
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Yes. And to answer your question, no, you don't want to use that light to keep corals under. You can find something that will work for a few dollars more, but changing the bulb isn't going to help. You want your corals to grow and look as beautiful as they can, right? Not just be dull and possibly brown, correct? Then I suggest you get better lighting for starters.
Starting with non photosynthetic corals as the first corals you keep is a bad idea also. get your feet wet with easy to keep corals. Mushrooms, and zoanthids/palythoa. These are easy to keep.
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