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Old 12-16-2013, 02:35 PM   #191
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Looking for feedback, as I have only done reefs in much smaller tanks and have never used power compacts... Should this 5' setup be enough to keep Zoas and mushrooms alive? I was thinking of throwing a few frags in just to add some character to the liverock. Don't see ever doing anything like LPS or SPS (not on this tank at least).

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Old 12-16-2013, 02:41 PM   #192
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How deep is the tank?
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Old 12-16-2013, 02:48 PM   #193
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Of all the types of lighting I've used I like PC bulbs the least, they seem to have the shortest lifespan at a high price point for the bulbs, but if you've already got them laying around then give it a shot, you should be able to keep some lower light softies, I don't think they'll reproduce to quickly but they should do ok
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:09 PM   #194
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How deep is the tank?
It is 8x2x2...has a 3" sand bed and the light will be about 7-8" off the water.
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You could probably get away with keeping zoas in the top of the tank easily. I'm no PC expert, but I don't see why it wouldn't be a problem.
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:50 PM   #196
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So how long are the PC bulbs good for?

I'm considering getting a couple LED to throw over the areas I want softies eventually, but would rather put $200 into fish first. $40 to replace these works temporarily.
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I have no clue TBH. Never tried to keep anything other than fish in freshwater under them, and I don't think it had any effect on the paint on all that gravel! Lol... God I hate looking back on those days... I'd assume that it would be similar to T5HO, but that is only a guess.
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:17 PM   #198
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The ones I used were in a coralife fixture over a planted tank but usually around 6-7 months old the bulbs would just burn out, and then I'd have to make the trip to that fish place for a $18 replacement 13" bulb, I ended up replacing it with a finex led I found on CL
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:21 PM   #199
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I'm not sure how old these are, but I'm thinking of maybe trying what I have, put the frags on one side and see how it goes. My Birthday is in January, so maybe I will get an LED or two then. I'm just seeing some cool zoas, Ricordias and mushrooms and think it would be cool to do a few. Maybe turn the holding tank into a reef once the 240 is full of fish.
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:10 PM   #200
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Time for an update as there has been an interesting change of events...

To cut a long story somewhat short, I inherited/rescued a tank full of fish from a local guy who was moving and had to get rid of his fish to break down his tank to sell. He insisted I take them for free, as he needed them gone right away. I ended up with a couple that I am not going to keep...a Lyretail Grouper. (about 12") and a Picasso Trigger (about 6-7"). Those are going to a LFS tomorrow. The fish I hope to keep are a 12" Engineer Goby, a Djardini Sailfin Tang and a regular Sailfin Tang (both about 7-8", thick and have been paired for almost two years), a Toby Puffer and a medium Porcupine Puffer. There was also a big brittle star.

Right now, the Grouper, Trigger, Brittlestar and Goby are in the 240g. As I said, the Grouper and Trigger are going to the LFS tomorrow. Cool fish, but won't work for my long term plans.

The Tangs and Toby are in my 45g that is a QT/Holding tank. I'm doing daily water changes and using Prime to help with Ammonia/nitrites. They seem to be doing okay...eating fine.

The Puffer (Simon as named by this guys daughters) is in a 30g in my son's room. Doing daily water changes there too. He's doing good as well. Huge personality.

Once I get the Grouper and Trigger out of the 240g tomorrow, I plan to move the Tangs and the Toby into the 240 and the Porc into the 45g for a while, in hopes of not overloading the bio filtration any more than necessary.

The kicker is going to be the Ich factor. I had the two Chromis in there and one appeared to have something at times. It came and went, so I'm still not 100% sure what it was. I pulled both out and was going to leave the tank fallow. I am considering hypo for the DT if it comes to that, but time will tell...
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