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Old 08-04-2008, 05:44 PM   #1
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Which Tank is Better?

Does this look like a good deal? Are those lights powerful enough for corals?
75 Gallon Salwater aquarium/fish tank - lots of extras included

or these 2?
55 gallon aquarium and stand

http://cedarrapids.craigslist.org/for/770333376.html

Gallon size does not matter to me, but i like that the first one comes with a sump included.
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I'm not into SW but I think the lights on the 1st one would be OK, the 75w heater must be a typo I assume?

They both seem like OK deals to me.
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The 75 has power compact lighting which for that tank will do some soft and LPS corals. I dont even see any lighting on the 55 gallon. I say go with the 75 and that lighting will be ok to start with. You can always upgrade the lighting a year down the road. The sump is a bonus as it will provide added water volume. JMO
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Old 08-04-2008, 06:06 PM   #4
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Ya the 55 does not come with lighting i would have to buy it seperatly

By upgrading the lighting how exactly would i do that? Get better bulbs, Overdrive it, or a completely new hood.
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Yea, I'd do the 75 but expect to buy a bigger heater 300w or a second. Ditch the cc substrate and get sand. Also you might wanna beat the rush and replace the lamps if they can't tell you roughly how many hours they have on them. Might save you some algae issues during your startup (or limit them)
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1.Could i put MH lamps in that setup im not exactly sure how those work?

2.I have heard of people putting cc in the sump would that be a good idea or just get rid of it completley?

3. should i keep the CPR Bak Pak 2 Protein skimmer?

4.So the live rock will serve as a biological filter and the skimmer serves as the mechanical filtration what do i get for chemicla filtration?
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U can but generally speaking MH=$$$

I'd take the cc throw it in my garden, `till it under and forget I ever saw it.
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I agree ditch the CC. LR and a skimmer will be all you need. You can buy some retro fits for better lighting that will be cheaper.
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i dont have salt tank but tryed a few yrs back why no cc thats what i used back then?
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alot of the waste settles into the nooks and crannies.. leading to high (higher) nitrates. Plus bottom dwellers (SW) prefer/need sand. For FW only the first point would apply to some degree. In a SW tank you don't vacum the substrate like you do/can in a FW tank
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