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Old 02-16-2014, 07:18 PM   #11
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Like de nitrate and other ammonia and nitrate removing stuff. And should I get a phosphate reactor i found one for like 60$
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Starting reef tank need help on what to get first time doing saltwater

You don't need any of that to start a reef. Just need a skimmer, a couple heaters, and some live rock rubble for your sump.
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Old 02-16-2014, 07:25 PM   #13
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Starting reef tank need help on what to get first time doing saltwater

K what else do I need like what kind of light like led or forlessent. And how much live rock.
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If you want a reef, I'd stay away from florescent. LED works very well, metal halide is still out there and works great but generates a lot of heat and is expensive to run.

For a budget, a couple of the taotronics units would work well.
TaoTronics TT AL09 Dimmable LED Aquarium Light 120W Coral Reef Tank | eBay

Just be aware that not all LEDs are the same, the type you choose is important. There is a lot of garbage out there.
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Starting reef tank need help on what to get first time doing saltwater

K then how much live rock and how much power heads do i need. And how do I put that light on the tank.
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You'll also need a return pump, I'd recommend either the Eheim or Mag pumps if you are ok with a submersible... they both work well. Eheims cost more but are quieter.
Mag Drive - Bulk Reef Supply

For a skimmer, a good budget model is the bubble magus NAC3.5+ for your sized tank.
Bubble Magus BM-NAC3.5 Cone Protein Skimmer - Bulk Reef Supply

A better model if you want to spend the dough are the reef octopus skimmers.

For power heads, lots of options. For a budget, the Koralia pumps work well form hydor.
Hydor - Bulk Reef Supply

The nicer ones are the Vortech MP10s... but they are pricey.
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K then how much live rock and how much power heads do i need. And how do I put that light on the tank.
2 small to mid sized powerheads will work well. You'll want 60-70lbs of live rock.

You will need to either sit it on top of a glass top, or hang it from the ceiling, like I have with my Aqua Illumination Sols:
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The other big consideration is you will need an RODI system if you don't have one. The bulk reef supply RODI systems are a good balance of quality and budget. Avoid the really cheap ebay type systems... you will just end up replacing it down the road.
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Ok thanks a lot. I will let you know if I have more qustions.
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Would probably go with a nuvo 34. Or something like that. Could get one for like 600. Still have money for sand, live rock, fish, coral etc. Maybe still have enough to upgrade lighting. 1300 sounds like a ok budget. But once you start it goes like that.

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