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Old 12-26-2012, 03:53 AM   #11
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Well I'm getting ready to convert from hailides to LEDs. I'd suggest that. The maxspec razors are pretty nice and aren't extremely expensive.
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:45 AM   #12
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LEDs are the way to go and your pocketbook will thank you in the long run when you look at your monthly electric bill compared to running MH and T5s. Some folks have to run chillers with their MH depending on where they live. I've even seen some folks that live in the desert areas run chillers with their T5 setups. That will really put a dent in your pocket.
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:59 PM   #13
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Hi thanks for all the comments and suggestions so far I am a little tempted to set up a smaller system and get the hang of it so to speak before jumping in with the big tank? But would I be 'wasting' money and time?
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The bigger the tank the easier it is to deal with issue...most recommend a 55 to start. But given the start up cost, maybe looking at something smaller would be ok if your not sure...
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Hi that was what I was thinking. Think I just got to be patient and take it one step at a time
Think my plan could be -
No 1 - part fill the tank with R/O water.
No 2 - get the protein skimmer and heaters in place.
No 3 - Order the living rock.
No 4 - get the external filter working.
No 5 - fit the lighting.
No 6 - install the lighting.
No 7 - hopefully living rock would have arrived?
No 8 - cycle the tank and be very patient
Meanwhile keep researching corals and fish I may whish to keep How does that sound?
Forgot to say I would still be setting up the big tank.
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Are you going to run a sump?


The plan sounds good. Patience is key.

What are you going to do for power heads?

What do you mean by external filter?

If you already have Sand in then put a bowl on the sand and pour the water Into the bowl and let it overflow to fill the tank. This will reduce the cloudy ness from the sand.
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Another note, depending on if your lights are in a canopy you may want to wait to set up the lights until you have your rock on...makes it much easier without a light in the way.
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Hi that was what I was thinking. Think I just got to be patient and take it one step at a time
Think my plan could be -
No 1 - part fill the tank with R/O water.
No 2 - get the protein skimmer and heaters in place.
No 3 - Order the living rock.
No 4 - get the external filter working.
No 5 - fit the lighting.
No 6 - install the lighting.
No 7 - hopefully living rock would have arrived?
No 8 - cycle the tank and be very patient
Meanwhile keep researching corals and fish I may whish to keep How does that sound?
Forgot to say I would still be setting up the big tank.
Sounds like a decent plan, but personally, I would get the cycle going before worrying about the lighting cuz you won't need the light for the cycle anyways and the cycle can take a month or more. But that's just me and its entirely up to you. good luck with the tank!!
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:09 PM   #19
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Hi by external filter - I have a eheim pro 3 that I can use,and me local shop said about using it as a mechanical and chemical filter?
Mechanical - sponges and possibly filter wool?
Chemical - phosphate absorbing media?
As for the powerheads I have two old powerheads which are pretty powerfull {would have to check the actual litre per hour though?}Or what would you recommend?
Thanks for the tip on the lights
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Typically external filters like that aren't use as they can cause high nitrates...but using as a chemical filter isn't too bad..or use live rock rubble in there as well.

Depending on if the power heads are good enough you can use them
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