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Old 02-05-2011, 04:03 PM   #11
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its a shame you didn't use up all the space for the sump under the dt,dont worry about a ps when cycling as pat said,As for the lights go cheap until you start getting corals,if you use the glass top just make sure the sump isn't covered.
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Old 02-05-2011, 10:25 PM   #12
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I used the 20 gallon rather than using all the space in the stand because I already had the 20 gallon tank. I can always upgrade. It'll be easy when I do because the front panels are the doors, with both of them open I have unobstructed access underneath. When I get this going I may do a DIY acrylic sump that fits like a glove under the stand. But for now this is better than nothing.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:33 AM   #13
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So, I went to the LFS today to look at lighting, they didn't have ANY 48 inch lights, so I went to take a peek at their LR. They had one piece that I couldn't miss out on. It is a pretty long piece, all cave. Had to get it. I ended up getting about 25-30 lbs. of LR, both covered in purple coralline (Their scale is broken and the girl rang it up as 18 lbs). My ammonia is getting close to 0, and I haven't had much of a nitrite spike, but the nitrates are climbing.

I added some ammonia 2 days after the first that I put in, and I don't think I should have. I think I was almost cycled, due to the previous live rock I had. I'd been keeping it in a bucket with a powerhead and heater to keep it cured. I added it before I put a couple of spoonfuls of ace ammonia in the tank to kickstart the cycle. I figured it'd give me about 3 ppm reading on the ammonia, but 2 days later it was only 1. So I added another and it jumped to about 3-4, 2 days later it's back to 1, with minimal nitrite spike.

Do you guys recommend a PWC now, or wait till ammonia and nitrite both read zero?
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:35 AM   #14
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Also, I got a light fixture off Amazon.com. 4x54 T5HO, 2 10K and 2 actinic bulbs, with a moonlight.

I will post a picture of the LR once the water clears up. The dust storm finally settled a week after the initial saltwater fillup, then I go and stir it up by re-arranging my liverock and baserock.
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:36 PM   #15
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So I've got 7 total pieces of rock in the tank. The two with arrows pointing to them are base rock. They were free! My parents went to Hawaii and found this on the beach and brought it back last year. They offered it up for free when I told them I was doing a reef tank. I figure I've got about 80-90 lbs in so far. Here is a picture.

Any advice on aquascaping is more than welcomed. This is what I've done, but I'm sure it will be re-arranged when the wife gets home!

The water is still a bit cloudy, I just added them less than an hour ago. I noticed something growing on the two newest at the store, and was told that it is brain coral. He said it may survive, who knows.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:40 PM   #16
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Got my lights on Saturday! Lights are Catalina Aquarium 4x54 with 2 10,000K and 2 actinic T5HO bulbs.

I decided to re arrange the live rock. Not sure if I'm liking it this way or not.... I'm sure it'll be rearranged again.


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Also, the cycle is on it's way. Not sure if I should do a PWC or not. I've been adding ammonia to 2ppm every day, and it's nearly 0 in less than 24 hours. My nitrIte reading is off the charts. Deeper than the deepest purple on the API test kit, which means it's at or above 5ppm. And my nitrAte readings are very high but I'm not concerned about it yet because I've read that a high nitrite reading will cause a false nitrate reading. Last night my pH was about 7.8 or so, and it's been a consistent 8.0-8.2.
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:34 AM   #18
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The tank looks great! I sometimes really wish I had gotten a 75 gallon instead of my 55, but I'm making it work. The lights are really nice, however you won't be able to keep any high light corals, but you can still have a gorgeous tank. What kind of fish/inverts do you plan on getting? Keep us posted on the progress!
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Do you mean like SPS corals? I personally like soft corals and LPS better. But this light is mean to "get by" until at least one of several things happen:

1. LED prices come down
2. I understand LED enough to DIY
3. I decide that I want the SPS and other high light corals.
4. I save enough to buy the ridiculously high priced LEDs.

But out of curiosity, is it a bulb (Kelvin temp. and/or quantity of bulbs) issue or a ballast issue? Everything I've read says that a 4 bulb fixture would do well.

My LFS suggested to use the bulbs it came with for now, but when they need replaced, to replace the 10,000K bulbs with another actinic and a 75/25 bulb. What do you think?
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:13 AM   #20
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Do you mean like SPS corals? I personally like soft corals and LPS better. But this light is mean to "get by" until at least one of several things happen:

1. LED prices come down
2. I understand LED enough to DIY
3. I decide that I want the SPS and other high light corals.
4. I save enough to buy the ridiculously high priced LEDs.

But out of curiosity, is it a bulb (Kelvin temp. and/or quantity of bulbs) issue or a ballast issue? Everything I've read says that a 4 bulb fixture would do well.

My LFS suggested to use the bulbs it came with for now, but when they need replaced, to replace the 10,000K bulbs with another actinic and a 75/25 bulb. What do you think?
Yes, I did mean SPS corals. I 100% agree with you on your points 1-4, LEDs would be amazing to have, but the money isn't worth it now. The lighting has to do with pretty much the entire fixture (ballast, bulbs, reflectors), as for bulbs, get ATI brand... have heard great things about those bulbs. I currently have 0 experience with advanced lighting fixtures because I still have stock lights on mine now, yet I have been researching heavily for the past 3 months to make sure I get the biggest bang for my buck. Remember, you get what you pay for (don't go with Oddysea! haha)
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