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Old 04-10-2013, 10:53 AM   #11
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That is what I do, but what you will find is that there are no set rules about how to do things. It can be confusing that's why it's best to take things slow at first and ask loads of questions, do plenty of research. I would suggest fish only to begin until you get the hang of maintenance before staring corals and you will need to drop some cash on the right lighting and have plenty of flow, the more the merrier. It can be quite expensive to start off but well worth it in the long run! If you need any other advise about other equipment you will need just ask
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:57 AM   #12
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I already plan on getting the fan for a current, I have the lighting already picked out it would consist of t5 6700k and I though I should start with rock to begin? What's the advantages of starting with fish and not rock
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:17 PM   #13
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umm... You want rock. Live rock is basically your filter. The lighting doesn't really matter is you are doing fish only (fowlr) . If you want coral you will need something better than 6500k. That light may grow some soft corals maybe like mushrooms but not much more.
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What would you recommend for lighting
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:26 PM   #15
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What would you recommend for lighting
What you're of coral are you wanting? I would say a 4 bulb t5 fixture with at least14000k and atinic bulbs.
I just upgraded to a led fixture with 14k and 460 and 450 bulbs and it is good. Just all depends on what you want.
I used 130watt dual power compact fixture and grew soft corals and lps corals great but I wanted to start getting sps coral and they require better lighting
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:04 PM   #16
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What is a good name brand for skimmers
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For a skimmer I would recommend getting an Octopus skimmer. I've had no problems with mine only other than the crappy directions it came with but you can find help online with it. Look up Octopus BH100. I would also stay away from a canister filter and just run it with live rock and your hang on back skimmer. Just make sure to get enough live rock for your tank approx 50lbs of it. Just make sure to take up the least space as possible when stacking the live rocks as it can create dead spots in your tank. Hope this was helpful because I had the same questions
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:08 PM   #18
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My octopus skimmer beats my eshopps skimmer by a mile
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Now I'm thinking of getting a 30 gallon or a 20 gallon, would I still need a skimmer?
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