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Old 04-11-2012, 01:47 AM   #1
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I am A new Member.
My name is Dan Reynolds. I live in Santa Rosa California.

My tank is a 72 gallon bowfront with 4 shubunkins and a pleco. I have a Fluval 405 filter.

Found this site while researching upgrading to LED's and filtration.

Although I have had the tank for years, I had rotten 'luck' with cichlids and other puffers, but have had the shubs for three or four years now... actually just want to upgrade the lighting and am thinking of rearranging the tank a bit, perhaps adding some live plants.

Anyway, am mostly searching for what a reasonable LED set up is, without breaking the budget (got laid off late last year) since I think that my fluorescent fixture is getting a bit dim and I'd rather buy something a bit more upfront, like the LEDs that didn't need to be replaced as often.

Thanks, everyone, great to meet you!

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Old 04-11-2012, 02:51 AM   #2
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Hi Dan and welcome to AA! Not sure what the requirements are for the freshie side as I'm a Salty myself. Hopefully someone can chime in and give your a recommendation. Good luck.

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Old 04-11-2012, 05:15 AM   #3
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Hi dan! Glad to have you here at AA! LED's that can support plants will be pretty expensive. If I can suggest a different route, t5-HO's are very good. The fluorescent replacement bulbs don't cost too much either. I believe you only have to replace them every 6 months or so. Were you thinking about low tech setup for the goldfish tank?
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:19 AM   #4
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Hello All

I just joined the forum my name is Reed Nevers and I'm here to learn more about how all this works. I've had freshwater tanks in the past and they were all succesful actually I still have one with my black moor Nemo living large!

I decided to go with a salt water because they are just so unique and will add to the decor of my home. So I'm here to learn from all of you.

I have 30 gallon tank cycling right now, its on its third week. It seems to be doing what its suppose to based upon what I read. I have 30 lbs of live rock in it now and thats it. I'm noticing an Ammonia spike and the phosphates are not high but they are noticable in the tank. I'm starting to see a bit of red slime on the top of my rock closest to the the lights but I guess that is normal during the process.

I used RO water and mixed in instant ocean salt to bring the salinity up to 1.264 at start up.

My questions to the forum is to reduce the phosphates during cycling can I do a water change or will that prolong the process? Also, I don't have my skimmer on yet should I start running that as well?

All help is appreciated

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