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Old 06-18-2009, 01:57 PM   #11
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You actually wont need high dollar lighting to start off with. If you are going FOWLR then regular flourecents will work.
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:09 PM   #12
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That's a major relief! I didn't want to shell out a fortune for high power lights.
Speaking of lights:

If I get a 55G tank should I get dual bulb florescent fixtures and use white and actinic bulbs? Or will that just be a waste because its not a reef?
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Old 06-18-2009, 02:18 PM   #13
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Okay, you guys are putting out great information. I would add that a 29g would be a challenge to get the right lighting if you decide to go reef in the future. And there is not much cost difference between a 29 and a 55g. Also with a FO or a FOWLR you can still test for all the reef parameters so that you can get the swing of things.
Late post...The lights for a FO would altimately be to what you find is pleasing to you.
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I could convert the 29G I have now into a SW tank.. but what would I do with the FW fish in there now?
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You ask questions that only you can answer. Do you have a friend? will the LFS take the fish as credit.
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I don't have an LFS anywhere near me that I can give the fish to and my friends aren't crazy like me so they don't want fish.

But anyway, I'll see what happens. Thanks to everyone that provided advise!
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bought everything I have on craigslist piece by piece 55g, 30g, wet/dry, skimmer, filters, LR, and half my fish, it also gives you a chance to learn from the people selling when u pick it up.
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