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Old 06-10-2010, 05:24 PM   #11
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ok, so drip acclimating but no need to QT...can't wait. But I have peppermint shimps and hermit crabs, do they do ok with soft corals?
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If you plan on keep other types of coral besides polyps, I'd go with a T5 HO fixture. BigAls really doesn't have much in the way of lighting IMO. Here is one that they do have that is a pretty good fixture: Current USA Sundial 30" T5 High Output 4x24w 10K/460 - Lighting - T-5 Fixtures at BigalsOnline

If you plan on keeping just softies, then a PC fixture would do you just fine. Check foster&smith, aquacave, marinedept, etc... before you decide to order.
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I've looked at this one for a couple weeks now. What do you think of it?

Coralife Lunar Aqualight Deluxe-Double Linear Strip-30" - Lighting - Power Compact Strip Lights at BigalsOnline

and I plan to stick to soft unless I have a highjacker. Which I kinda think I do, but I haven't been able to find any picture like it to ID it yet.
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That would work great for softies, and a few LPS.
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Zoas are pretty tough and will tolerate changes far better than other types of corals. In the wild it is not uncommon for them to be exposed to the air during low tide.

I used a small plastic container to float them in my sump or in my frag tank and slowly add my tank water to them. The drip method IMO can take too long and allow temp and PH swings causing more stress than just getting them in the tank. I always float any new coral in my system to get temps equalized and then put them in the container and add water for maybe 20 minutes and then into the tank they went. I did drip in the beginning but found it to take too long and not as effective. Just my experience and $.02
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