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Old 05-30-2011, 10:41 PM   #1
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starting a 72 gallon! need some help!

Hey guys. So before I thought I was only going to be doing a 36 gallon tank then I thought I was going to be doing a 55 but i has come down to the fact and I am getting a 72 gallon bow front tank.

I want to be able to have any option of fish. coral and nem that will go with a 72 gallon tank so any help is appreciated on what type of lights, sumps, and skimmers I need

I will not be actually putting it all together until I move into my new apartment in either mid july or beginning of august.
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Old 05-31-2011, 01:22 AM   #2
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well as before, definitley go with some MH, and with this size, go with a sump.
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Can I get some examples of sumps? And sorry but what is an mh
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Metal halide. You could also go with leds. MH will be phased out in the next five years.
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So your saying that LED are exactly like MH lighting?
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I would say equivalent. They run cooler and last a lot longer. Can cost a lot more up front but if you can make them yourself you will save a lot of money.
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it's dependent on the fixture whether it's equivalent or not.

some of the fixtures are not suitable for reefs.
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Well what would be a good fixture for a 72 gallon bow
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How much you willing to spend?

Aqua Illumination LED Aquarium Lighting

These have cool effects like clouds passing over and thunder/lightning storms. I think flake even has some.

You could always go t-5 or mh

Also depends on what you want to grow.
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O wow thats really cool. but I wanna make sure I can have any option of coral I want and make sure everything has what it needs so if it has really cool features like that and also is really good for the tank ill definitely spend a litte more
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