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Old 03-15-2014, 03:10 PM   #11
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So I've been looking at tanks and fish online and I think I may want to do a reef tank. I'm just not drawn to the empty/stark look of just the rock. But I am still really in the research stage.

The light on there is a 30 inch coralife T5 HO Dual, so that should be good for a reef tank. The HOB filter is a Marineland Emperor 280. Would this be okay? There are a few other HOBs floating around the room I could add to it if that would be needed. After looking at pics online, I'm 95% sure the power head I found is a Marineland 660R. I'll check for sure when I go back to the school. What else would I need for actual equipment if I want to go reef?

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Old 03-15-2014, 05:04 PM   #12
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The two bulb fixture will only support softies.
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Old 03-15-2014, 05:17 PM   #13
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Is that bad or just limiting?

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Old 03-15-2014, 05:21 PM   #14
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Just limiting. Softies only tanks can still look really nice.
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The power head will not be enough, as it's only 170gph. you are going to have to purchase a better one. Something like this-
Hydor Koralia Evolution Circulation Pump/Powerhead

You are also going to want to replace the lamps in the T5 fixture, with high end ones to maximize the output. ATI Blue Plus and ATI Aquablue Special. One of each.
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Sounds good. Do I need to change the lights and power head now or if/when I do coals?

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If/when you do corals. in the meantime, use the old power head.
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Old 03-16-2014, 02:27 PM   #19
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Sweet. Is there a certain order I should put stuff back into the tank? If I scrub the rock that's in there now in fresh water will it kill off the algae? I want the algae to stay but to get rid of the aptasia.

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You can take a lighter or torch to kill aiptasia with the rock out of the tank (oddly satisfying)
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