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Old 08-22-2008, 03:43 PM   #11
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Darn it....everything I am reading is making me consider converting the 90 gal instead....
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Old 08-22-2008, 03:47 PM   #12
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Those are fantastic! I am drooling...I am torn....so torn.....it is nice to know I could start with some things prior to upgrading the light even, that is very encouraging!
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Well, the 90 does have a 4x65w pc fixture with moonlights and space underneath for a larger sump. It seems like the more logical choice but I do love those discus.....
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The calcium reactor would probably only be necessary if you really got into SPS corals, which would definitely require more light than you have now. But shrooms and zoas and some leathers would probably do fine under your light and don't require any additives other than regular water changes.

As far as converting the 90, the 4x65 watt you have on that tank wouldn't be any better than the 96 watt on the 46 so you'd still be in the same boat.

For a hard-core reef tank with stony corals you'll be into T5s or MHs anyway.
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LOL! You can sell them for lights!
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Old 08-22-2008, 04:17 PM   #16
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OK, well I am liking this more and more.... I think I will keep the 90 as FW then and experiment with the 46 conversion.... you did it...you saved me from myself....lol.

Another question with the light....what type of bulb is required on the 96w fixture? Do I need to have a 50/50 or actinic bulb?
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I had 4x39 watt T5 light on my 30g reef and I had 2 10000Ks and 2 actinics. So I think a 50:50 would be good. Plus they have a nice bluish light without being too blue and make everything look great (I have them on my planted tank too).

Too bad you hadn't decided all this a little while ago....I just broke down my reef tank and sold both my skimmer and lights, which would have fit your tank perfectly. Oh well.
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Another question with the light....what type of bulb is required on the 96w fixture? Do I need to have a 50/50 or actinic bulb?[/quote]

I also vote for the 50/50 if you only have one 96watt bulb. Don't get an actinic, it will be too blue looking and it doesn't really provide much usable light for the corals you will add.
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I talked to my husband last night about the possible conversion....he looked at me like I had two heads and said....what's wrong with it the way it is?
I told him I have always wanted a SW tank and he did admit they are very cool. He was mostly worried about how much it would cost of course....so I guess I better start saving to take away that obstacle.

Really, I see the biggest expense being the LR at this point and the skimmer. Especially since I can wait to upgrade the lighting for several months down the road.
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