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Old 03-30-2013, 01:02 AM   #1
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Geez, this hobby is gonna kill me financially lol

I want to convert my 60g planted tank to a FOWLR sometime maybe this summer after I finish stocking my nano cube . I'd like to keep some non reef safe fish in here. I was thinking of a bicolor angel and (dont eat me up lol ) threadfin butterfly...possibly....eventually lol I'm open to any cool suggestions though

Okay, so Im going to just use an octopus BH1000 skimmer and probably 55 lbs of rock for filtration and My dual .T5 HO fixture for lighting-this is what I have questions on.

Would 108 watts of light be too much on this fowlr? I want to run a 10k with a actinic but don't want to deal with really bad algae right off the bat (like my nano cube- under control now though). So how can I avoid getting all kinds of algae since its a new tank? Or is it not avoidable? I don't know why I'm so nervous about algae in this setup, but I am lol. So, again, too much light? And will weekly 5-6 g water changes prevent algae?

I read other people's builds and a lot of times they never get cyano or a ton of hair algae at first and I just wonder..HOW!! lol

Okay, thank you!
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Geez, this hobby is gonna kill me financially lol

I want to convert my 60g planted tank to a FOWLR sometime maybe this summer after I finish stocking my nano cube . I'd like to keep some non reef safe fish in here. I was thinking of a bicolor angel and (dont eat me up lol ) threadfin butterfly...possibly....eventually lol I'm open to any cool suggestions though

Okay, so Im going to just use an octopus BH1000 skimmer and probably 55 lbs of rock for filtration and My dual .T5 HO fixture for lighting-this is what I have questions on.

Would 108 watts of light be too much on this fowlr? I want to run a 10k with a actinic but don't want to deal with really bad algae right off the bat (like my nano cube- under control now though). So how can I avoid getting all kinds of algae since its a new tank? Or is it not avoidable? I don't know why I'm so nervous about algae in this setup, but I am lol. So, again, too much light? And will weekly 5-6 g water changes prevent algae?

I read other people's builds and a lot of times they never get cyano or a ton of hair algae at first and I just wonder..HOW!! lol

Okay, thank you!
I don't think a butterfly will fit in this tank.
You can use any kind of lighting on a fowlr. Get some cheap leds to reduce your likelihood of algae if you're worried about it. Water changes do help to reduce algae because you are taking nutrients out of the water.
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Scratch the entire thing..I'm going reef with it. Lol i plan on selling off my lights, and buying 2 of the Taotronics dimmable LEDs. Should look sick!

Any suggestions for reef safe fish? So I guess no angels now. My clown goes in first though. Then probably a royal gramma. Not sure about the rest.
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3 days and only this far! Lol hoping I can finish today!

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Bout a year ago I said "screw it" and switched my tank to FOWLR from a reef in progress. In the process of "screw it" I went back to tap water from RO/DI, but bought a new in sump skimmer and kicked up the waterflow.

The point that I'm trying to make is that I think good water flow and a decent skimmer to pull the food and pooh out will greatly decrease the chances of ever having to go to war with algae or cyano. As a side note, I have LED's and they are fairly bright. Water changes are 10% every 6 weeks or when I remember.

I know none of this is earth shattering, but I just want to bring up some basic fundamental principles that tend to go a long way in avoiding unsightly problems-- good flow and nutrient export.
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Bout a year ago I said "screw it" and switched my tank to FOWLR from a reef in progress. In the process of "screw it" I went back to tap water from RO/DI, but bought a new in sump skimmer and kicked up the waterflow.

The point that I'm trying to make is that I think good water flow and a decent skimmer to pull the food and pooh out will greatly decrease the chances of ever having to go to war with algae or cyano. As a side note, I have LED's and they are fairly bright. Water changes are 10% every 6 weeks or when I remember.

I know none of this is earth shattering, but I just want to bring up some basic fundamental principles that tend to go a long way in avoiding unsightly problems-- good flow and nutrient export.
Interesting, no issues with tap water, led lighting and water changes every 6 weeks?!

I have very good flow, didnt want to skimp on that. 2 koralia 1050s, which is just under 40x turnover per hour. Plan on 10% weekly water changes.

What I'm unsure of, is if I should bother with a gfo reactor, it's going to be a fowlr (changed my mind again lol). If not a gfo reactor, I was going to use an aquaclear with either chemi pure elite, or chemi pure elite with purigen. Thoughts?
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Got everything set up now here's how it looks:



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I still need to situate some cords and get a background, but it's coming along! I'm so anxious to get fish but I gotta wait until it cycles.

Only thing left to do is buy a skimmer! But I'm broke so ill have to wait until I sell my small tank off :/
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It's not doing horrible, I'm hanging in there lol. It's not quite where I'd like it yet, I'll post pics maybe later
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