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Old 05-31-2011, 08:55 PM   #11
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you would place it so it looks nice.
now you want to cycle this tank. do you have ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate test kits?
if you don't, you'll need them. if you do, you'll want to add an ammonia source to start a cycle. if the rock doesn't raise ammonia levels considerably, you'll want to add some manually. some use pure ammonia, but i like to use a piece of raw fish or shrimp from the supermarket. once raw cocktail shrimp will do the job well.
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:24 PM   #12
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this is the only light that will fit my tank I cant have a light wider then 3 1/2" and this one will fit but will it work? Coralife Aqualight Dual Linear Strip T5 Aquarium Lighting Fixture, 2X21 Watt, 36 inch

I found one that's a 48"
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a 48" fixture over a70" tank? not only will you not be able to keep corals, but it will also look bad because you'll have shadows at either end.
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a 48" fixture over a70" tank? not only will you not be able to keep corals, but it will also look bad because you'll have shadows at either end.
Ok I was looking for a 60" but they most come 4" and up on wide
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all i can say is, it's pretty important to cram as much light as you can over this tank if you want to keep photosynthetic creatures. this tank is very deep top to bottom. i would risk the extra half inch and get two eighty watt bulbs instead of two 54 watt bulbs, but that's just me.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:13 PM   #16
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how about two of these together 30" AQUALIGHT T-5 Double Strip Fixture - AquaCave
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http://www.aquacave.com/tek-light-t-...pply-2750.html

Ideal fixture. But if it's too much $$ they make a 4 or 6 bulb fixture as well
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i linked three 2 x 80 watters on the previous page.

i don't think those 18 watt lamps will penetrate the water very well dave.

you could also retro some 3 watt LEDs across it...that would work too.
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i linked three 2 x 80 watters on the previous page.

i don't think those 18 watt lamps will penetrate the water very well dave.

you could also retro some 3 watt LEDs across it...that would work too.
How dose the retro work?
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they work the same way as a fixture, except they don't have the pretty plastic around the guts. you have an in-wall setup anyway, so you aren't going to see the unit from the viewing side.
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