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Old 11-09-2012, 04:16 AM   #51
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So.... Right now I plan on using some stock lighting. Simple fluorescent bulbs to view my fish. Is there better lights I can put in the same fixture? Or should I get better lights? Will the lighting effect the way the fish look?
Lighting can affect the way your fish look, but it's all about preference. I would go with a 4-bulb fixture with 2 daylights 1 actinic and 1 Fiji purple bulb. Looks really nice. You can search on google 'good lighting fixtures' and see what strikes your fancy.

Hope I help bro. I can't wait till you get fish in this tank. Apart from the damsels or chromis, what fish are you planning on adding first?
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:30 AM   #52
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Haha is there any bulbs to put in place of these stock flourecents? Haha I wanna be cheap :p use stuff I already have :p maybe I'll get just some led strips for lighting. Haha. Cause they dont need to be strong, just make everything look good.

I believe I'm doing lionfish, puffer, eel, hawk

But I'll need to figure out my whole lid and lighting situation before I get the eel because I've heard they're escape artists. Idk how much truth is in that or not :p I just know I'll need at least something that actually covers the whole aquarium.
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:13 AM   #53
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I would spray paint the back while its empty. It's quick and easy. Two coats should do it.
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Old 11-09-2012, 01:10 PM   #54
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Okay sweet I'll be doing that soon I'm excited to get this going! Im picturing it looking awesome!
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:26 PM   #55
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I built it to be at my desired height. Instead of the standard store bought 30-32in., I built it to an awesome height of 42in.!!!! It's nice not having to squat down to see my tank! An I believe the I spent less than $20 for the framework. The whole thing is made of 2x4's. it's way over built, but I never have to worry! Lol
I also built mine with 2x4's and it worked great!

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I added some metal brackets just for extra precaution but didn't need it. The hardest part was the trim but that was for aesthetic reasons. It's a lot cheaper to build it and you will have a much better stand!
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:42 PM   #56
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Yeah I'm proud of mine and if I ever put it out where everyone will see it I'll slap some ply wood down and make it all pretty right now I'm painting the back of the aquarium and then I'm gonna fill it
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Old 11-09-2012, 10:43 PM   #57
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How much would it cost to throw together some DIY LED lights? They wouldn't have to be strong cause no coral. Just some LED's that would make the fish's colors stand out.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:21 PM   #58
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I bought a LED strip from TrueLumens. They come in all different sizes. Wouldn't hurt to look. I end up getting a 48in, 12,000K, with 50,000 hours lifetime. For about $200. The lights are Amazing, makes the colors of the fish pop out. I put it on my Aggressive tank.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:25 PM   #59
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Hmmm.... I'm getting a couple led's for my reef that I might also try on my predator but for now I got a cheap flourecent light from my lfs.

Today I also got a skimmer!!!

and have been letting saltwater mix and get to temp in my tank. Hopefully when I get home I can add the sand then tomorrow I can add the rock and begin cycling
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Anyone know how much ammonia it takes to get an ammonia of 4?
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