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Old 06-24-2012, 05:59 PM   #1
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So I had to update my lighting due to my ballast on the eclipse hood going out. So I spent the money for a glass top and a two 24" t5 bulb with a super daylight and actinic bulb. Where should I place my button polyp frag?
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:11 PM   #2
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Mid tank should be fine for button polyps.
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Ok thanks, and with that kind of lighting what kind of corals can I get
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:24 PM   #4
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I'm sorry Gza, I don't remember what size tank or how deep yours is, but a 2-bulb unit will only be sufficient for soft corals, Mushrooms, Kenya tree, Leathers, maybe some zoos-high up on the rocks.
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It's ok, it's a 30g
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It's ok, it's a 30g
18" inches deep
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And 18 inches deep
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:35 PM   #8
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A 2-bulb unit, on an 18" deep tank is barely going to be able to do even soft corals.
I would put the Buttons up high on the rocks. Mushrooms would be your safest bet with this light.
If you could put a 4-bulb, you could keep any soft corals and many different LPS.
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Ok sounds good. I just wanted to start small since I'm new at this so polyps and mushrooms are fine with me. Also right now I only have the fluval going and I plan on putting a hang on slimmer do I need it right away? Clarkii clownfish sleeper gold head goby firefish goby and a scooter blenny. Clean up crew and one polyp
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Ok sounds good. I just wanted to start small since I'm new at this so polyps and mushrooms are fine with me. Also right now I only have the fluval going and I plan on putting a hang on slimmer do I need it right away? Clarkii clownfish sleeper gold head goby firefish goby and a scooter blenny. Clean up crew and one polyp
I've seen beautiful tanks that were mostly various types of shrooms. They were my favorites when I started!
I would get the skimmer whenever you can. They really help a lot. They oxygenate the water and remove waste before it can become ammonia, and therefore help keep nitrates down. Fish can tolerate nitrates to a degree, but reef or FO, nitrates are never a good thing.
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