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Old 01-09-2010, 09:45 PM   #1
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Got new lighting, and new question..

I have a 125g 6' tank and I have just upgraded my lighting from under 400 watts to 834watts including mh bulbs. Much brighter. My question is, I have some zoas and a feather duster that have closed up since the new light has been installed 2 days now. Are they just adjusting to the new light or is there a problem? The zoas are are near the bottom of the tank now and so is the duster. The tank is only about 3 months old so there are things that I was told not to add at this point which brings me to my other question. I realize you must cycle your tank and then you can begin to add things but what happens in the tank during the period between the tank being cycled and say a year to make the tank ready for not so hardy corals?
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Why a year? is an article in which kurt explains why a year is so important...
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:03 PM   #3
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That clears up the time issue for me. Thanks for the post! When you are just getting into the hobby or just starting a new tank you want one of everything.
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haha i know that feeling. i wish i could help with your other questions though, but i have NO experience with sw.
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A feather duster isn't going to care much. As far as I've read, worms only have photo receptors. They only see light or dark.

I would move corals down or put mesh to lower the light output for a few days to acclimate the corals.
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This hobby must be similar to an addiction for some. I was lucky enough to get a 125 gallon tank with stand and hood, wet/dry filter system, protein skimmer, rock (uncured), and some lights for $200 and thought I was doing good. Now after several trips to the lfs at $50-$200 each I just dropped $1300 on lighting system, powerheads and asm skimmer. Does it ever end? I would be interested in knowing how much some of the guys here have invested in their set-up.
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Corals are at the lowest point so I will try the mesh approach. Thank you.
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This hobby must be similar to an addiction for some. I was lucky enough to get a 125 gallon tank with stand and hood, wet/dry filter system, protein skimmer, rock (uncured), and some lights for $200 and thought I was doing good. Now after several trips to the lfs at $50-$200 each I just dropped $1300 on lighting system, powerheads and asm skimmer. Does it ever end? I would be interested in knowing how much some of the guys here have invested in their set-up.
Dean I personaly stop counting how much I've spent. I have a 90 gallon lets just say probably about $4000 so far invested into it. Still Spending ....:p:p:p:p:p:p:p
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I've done at least $2,000 + just to get started and that was 2 years ago. Like jose I have stopped counting.
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Could new 150 W MH lights be to bright for some zoas or even a xenia? Some of mine stay half closed during lighting.
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