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Old 05-17-2013, 10:37 PM   #11
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I have a 20H with an AL sol nano, Dimmable LED's about 250-300$$
A little pricy but im extremly happy with it. It has touch controls and u can buy a controller for it to simulate thunderstoms and cloudy weather, awesome! A MH id (in my opinion). Way too powerful and hot, I can almost promise you that you will have problems keeping the tempurature down. The biocube HQI is a good one tho. Although honestly i feel LED's are better and lighter on your electric bill!
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:45 PM   #12
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I would stick with LED lighting, but obviously something different than what you have. I'm using cheap ebay fixtures that work quite well for the money. I suppose it depends on what you want to spend and what options you want it to have.
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I also got my LEDs off eBay. 120w for my 35 gallon. I love them. Dimmable, And separate plugs for blue and white, so I can have them on separate timers. I paid around $180 for them.
Do you have a link to these eBay LEDs?
I'm a broke college student, sooo the cheaper the better.

What wattage should I look at for my 35 hex?

Also, filtration --- I'm using a HOB filter on my 20g now. I've heard this is useless (or a nitrate factory).
Should I stick to just live rock + powerhead + weekly water changes?
Is a protein skimmer going to be hugely beneficial?
I'm sure I could find one on CL for like $60
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They are taotronics LEDs. You can find them on eBay and amazon. They are 120 watt fixtures and come in a dimmable version along with white and black.
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It`s a small tank so not a big deal but metal hallide i was running on a 90 gallon was sucking back the power roughly around $25 a month (i think)
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Do you have a link to these eBay LEDs?
I'm a broke college student, sooo the cheaper the better.

What wattage should I look at for my 35 hex?


Amazon.com: TaoTronics TT-AL09 Dimmable Aquarium Coral Reef LED Grow Light (120W Output, Blue/White Ratio- 28:27; Two-Year Warranty): Pet Supplies
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Also, filtration --- I'm using a HOB filter on my 20g now. I've heard this is useless (or a nitrate factory).
Should I stick to just live rock + powerhead + weekly water changes?
Is a protein skimmer going to be hugely beneficial?
I'm sure I could find one on CL for like $60
If you keep the HOB filter clean it will be fine, but I prefer a protein skimmer over a sponge filter.


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A MH id (in my opinion). Way too powerful
Your SOL unit is more powerful than a comparable metal halide.
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Old 09-21-2013, 01:18 PM   #16
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Amazon.com: TaoTronics TT-AL09 Dimmable Aquarium Coral Reef LED Grow Light (120W Output, Blue/White Ratio- 28:27; Two-Year Warranty): Pet Supplies If you keep the HOB filter clean it will be fine, but I prefer a protein skimmer over a sponge filter. Your SOL unit is more powerful than a comparable metal halide.
The sol isnt quite as hot,
So tempurature control is a little easier
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Yes. It's a better choice for many reasons.
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Tell me about your hex. Mine is a UniQuarium from pet smart. There are three chambers in the back. I have macro algae in the back and my heater. I had a protein skimmer on it, but it didn't do much, I don't think I have a big bio load. My live rock, macro algae, and water changes seem to keep everything stable.
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