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Old 02-03-2012, 09:51 PM   #11
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Stands looking good!

As far as the lights, 10k is a bit yellow in my opinion but the 12k or 14k is a bit more blue. The 6700k is totally not right for this application.

I'm not sure if the fishneedit gives you a 12k or 14k choice though. I have one but I went with 10ks at the time.

Either way keep us updated.
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:21 PM   #12
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Thanks! fishneedit has a 14k option then jumps down to 10k. should i go with the 14k? Im guessing that 2 14k and 2 actinics would average to around 17k?
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:02 PM   #13
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I would get the 14k whites and the regular actinics. I think it will give you a blueish hue but not too too blue. It should give a depth to your fish and corals, at least that's the effect I get from 12k bulbs and super blue actinics.
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Great i'll be ordering the fixture soon.

So at the beginning of this thread I mentioned that I will be using two 55 gallon blue drums for mixing/ storing water. The drums are closed on both ends but have two holes on one end.

I have the tools to cut off one top from the drum, but how would I keep it closed or preferably sealed for storing water?

Also, I can just keep RO/DI water in the drums for as long as I want without any worries right?
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:58 PM   #15
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I don't store my ro water more than 2 weeks. It's my emergency water. lol If I don't use it I rotate it for my next water change.
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Ok i think i just thought it over again in my head and that does make more sense lol. If you could choose between a 40g or the 20" tall version of a 40g which would it be?
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I'd go with a 40g breeder over a tall tank. Much better to rockscape and lots of room. Also you wont need the high intensity lighting as the tank is kinda shallow.
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Your stand looks great! I agree with carey on choosing a breeder vs a tall tank. I had a 20 gal high and it was a bit of a pain when it came to maintenance.
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Definitely the breeder over any other. The 40 tall is too narrow both width and front to back.. the 40 long is too skinny. The 40 breeder gives you lots of scaping room. I'm in love with mine, loved it planted, love it even more now that it's a reef tank.
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Thanks, sorry I actually meant the same footprint( no way in heck would i do anything shorter front to backwise.) but 20" tall so 36" Long, 18" Front-Back, 20" Tall
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