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Old 07-09-2013, 10:28 AM   #11
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My stock list is:

2x ocellaris clownfish
1x bicolor angelfish
3x green chromis
1x foxface lo
1x blue regal tang
1x diamond watchman goby

So my tank is fully stocked but my foxface is by far the biggest of them all and the fish that makes the tank look full but he hides a lot.

My guess was that it was probably the lighting because I always see this certain sparkle with SW tanks that mine seems to hack. The problem is that I can't afford to dish out the cash for fancy lights for this tank being that its 4 feet long and it seems wasteful with no corals.

I've been recently considering converting this tank to freshwater and setting up a nano reef in I spare 20g I have lying around. I could get lights at a much better price range for a two foot tank. But that means that I'm unable to keep anything larger than maybe a dwarf angel. Sigh.
I call dibs on the foxface and regal if you convert it. seriously don't tear it down. Buy some LEDs for it. The shimmer from my metal halides and LEDs Is what really makes me enjoy my tank so much. Build you a tall canopy and you can put a smaller/shorter led fixture in the top about 15 inches of the water and although it won't grow hardcore coral, it will give you some shimmer and whitish blue tint to your water.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:39 AM   #12
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If you have a 48inch 55 then these lights are fairly priced and I love my set I bought. I use it on my QT/HT and fuge. If they made a 72" I'd have it on my display tank. I've had them for a long time and haven't had any issues with it. Customer service is good from them too.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Finnex-FugeR...item2c649da029
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:03 PM   #13
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I currently have full spectrum bulbs. Do you think it would look better with colormax? Maybe it would give it a warmer coloured light? I had colour max bulbs when I had cichlids and it was a pinkish white light.
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:06 PM   #14
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I currently have full spectrum bulbs. Do you think it would look better with colormax? Maybe it would give it a warmer coloured light? I had colour max bulbs when I had cichlids and it was a pinkish white light.
Nothing will compare to an led or MH lit tank IMO. I can guarantee any tank you've seen and was like WOW!! Was lit by one of the two. Colors come out better and everything pops. My corals looked 100% different and better just from going to 20k metal halide from 10k. My vote is instead of paying $50 for bulbs add $75 to it and get the led fixture. All the money we blow on saltwater species and stuff....why not make it look the best you can lol. Also just my opinion too no science here....fish seem happier in tanks with good lights like MH and LED. Or at least it seems that way to me.
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:29 PM   #15
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How about t5ho's?
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:40 PM   #16
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I have an 8 bulb t5 and I love it! If you're not doing corals you could go with the 6 bulb or possibly 4 bulb. The difference with my t5 (well preference I guess) is I use Res Sea max t5 bulbs. I have 4 blue, 3 whites and a pink. My corals pop like crazy, everything's bright and its a really nice glow. I have lps, nps, softies, zoas, SPS, everything and they're growing like crazy. You can probably find a used fixture, like I said before. Some t5 bulbs aren't are nice looking for the tank IMO.
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:16 PM   #17
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Only downside to t5s is no skimmer on the sand from light.
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If you don't want to upgrade your light fixture try switching your bulb to a 10000k bulb. If you have 2 bulbs over your tank go with the 10000k and an actinic. That is the average color temperature most people shoot for in their tanks.
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I have a PowerGlo 18000K lamp over my FW tank (yes, I know yours is FOWLR)...but it penetrates very well to the bottom of my tank (24 inches) and brings out amazing colors in my koi swords and rainbows.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:41 PM   #20
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I have a 50gal FOWLR tank and I think it's super lame. For some reason I hate it. And I don't know why. My friends like it a lot but to be it just doesn't have that saltwater shimmer. First I thought it was because it has no corals. But I really like everyone's FOWLR that I see online. Then I thought its because the filter intakes and heater is visible but so are other people's and it doesn't bother me.
Is it because my lights are craptastic?
Or because I suck and aqua scaping?
Or because I have many different kinds of mismatched rock and it looks dumb?
Maybe the tank doesn't have enough fish and looks empty but on paper I'm fully and maybe even overstocked.
Why does my tank suck so bad? Please advise.
I feel the same way some days... I just think a smaller tank would be prettier. I just bought the Seaview Seascape background. I think it will make a world of difference (I think the black bkground would be good when you have more going on in your tank like larger colorful fish or corals, it takes away from them when you have a colorful bkgrnd. Maybe you should get a colorful bkgrnd??). I also think a canopy helps too which I don't have yet AND my tank is low, I think it'll look better on a taller stand. So in time, I will get these things. For now, I chug along
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