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Wildsy 11-23-2013 02:34 PM

New Reef Tank - Beginner
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Hi all. I'm Olly! In the past I have had several tropical tanks including Community/Cichlid/Discus/L-Numbers &... I have finally decided to take to plunge and go for a reef tank after packing up the hobby just over a year ago. I will keep this thread up with the progress of my tank! It's a 120l Jewel Lido in White currently with a 1/2inch sand bed & 8.7kg of live rock (more to be added) it. Here we go!

Wildsy 11-23-2013 02:37 PM

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Just realised that picture isn't the best quality!

Here's another

bribo12 11-23-2013 02:49 PM

Nice start! Welcome to AA!

Wildsy 11-23-2013 04:14 PM


I've read different things at different places but is there a skimmer that anyone would/wouldn't reccomend? I've been told the Jewel ones to match and fit into the tank are terrible..?

Sniperhank 11-23-2013 05:50 PM

I dont know much about this type of tank, but a general idea is that smaller tanks can get away with being skimmerless as long as you keep up with your weekly water changes. I didn't see much change on my 36 gallon from my skimmer in all honesty. But I have been told that these smaller all in one setups can do fine without one. If later on you want to add one, then I'd evaluate it at that time.
If you are wanting to have a reef, first evaluate your light in terms of what kind of coral you want to keep in it. Soft coral don't need much light, but LPS start becoming demanding of more intense light and SPS and anemone require high intensity lighting. Stock tank lighting usually just doesn't cut it.

Wildsy 11-23-2013 06:13 PM

The lights set up in this one is only T5 2 bulbs. Was thinking LED's but also need some advice! Willing to throw money into it if the outcome is worth it!!

Sniperhank 11-23-2013 09:52 PM

That should suffice for the softies. People swear by the taotronics LEDs you can find on eBay. Hope that helps.

Wildsy 11-24-2013 06:54 AM

Great! I've checked eBay UK and there isn't any unfortunately and the shipping will be ridiculous :sadface: they do look great though!

ms705jk 11-24-2013 07:29 AM

Tank is looking good. Im new here too. So welcome to the forum. Might I suggest a diy tank stand? It looks like the one in the pic is working overtime.

ms705jk 11-24-2013 07:31 AM

Also if its a glass tank the stand should at least match the footprint of the tank so equal pressure is applied

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