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Old 09-11-2011, 12:05 AM   #21
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Still gotta buy lr and ls.. hmm probably no larger than 200 for lights if possible. If not itll cut into my coral fund. Total budget around 600-700 dollars

I am also using distilled water due to no ro di units near me

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Old 09-11-2011, 12:07 AM   #22
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You should be fine. lemme do some net pricing and I'll post some links for you.
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:09 AM   #23
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You should be fine. lemme do some net pricing and I'll post some links for you.
Ok thanks! You are the best!!!! distilled is good?
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This is pretty much top of the line

Aquarium Lighting for Reef Systems: Current Nova Extreme Pro Saltwater T-5 Fixtures

You could prob grow calms in there with that light LOL

But then theres these

Aquarium Lighting T5 Fluorescent Light Fixture: AquaticLife T5 HO and Lunar Light Fixtures

Good lights can grow most anything you want basically
Has lunar lights and a built in timer

Aquarium Lighting T5 Fluorescent Light Fixture: AquaticLife T5 HO and Lunar Light Fixtures

Aquarium Lighting T5 Fluorescent Light Fixture: AquaticLife T5 HO Dual Lamp Light Fixtures

Now these lights owuld let you grow all the easy stuff and they are attachable so you can add one on at a later date

Just some examples.. Hope it helps
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:15 AM   #25
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How did you find that so fast...?

I really like the second one cause of the lunar leds. They come on at night? Can all lights be turned off as well?
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Yep, those are moonlights. I dont really ahve them on any of my tanks but the cube and its ones arent good at all. lol But I always wanted them but my fixtures dont ever have them. I have the 12 bulb nova extreme pro and its top of the line, but no darn moonlights hehe
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Theres a timer built in too I believe. You can have them all on, just the blues,just the whites or just the moonlights.
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The timer is going to be so convenient! So this will do well for most of the easier/medium corals? What light level is that, high/medium/low? I only know basic lights for my planted tank.

You should buy an led strip! Thats what the reiew for the first one said lol
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Led's are kinda cool but they vary soo much in price, quality and so many other factors i wouldnt jump in on them just yet. Liek the marineland reef ready light. Its a nice color and looks awesome isnt too mcuh money but it's not a good example of leds. :-(

The lights that I linked are quad and double T5 fixtures. So 2 whites bulbs 2 actinic (blue) bulbs and themoonlights
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Is it impossbile to grow coral with just leds?

Aquarium Lighting T5 Fluorescent Light Fixture: AquaticLife T5 HO and Lunar Light Fixtures

That is most likely the one I am going to buy. It will be worth it right? Lol I hope the corals I get will be happy!
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In my opinion thats a great choice. The lights really do make the tank and you want something reasonable. That's probably the biggest expense you'll come across.
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In my opinion thats a great choice. The lights really do make the tank and you want something reasonable. That's probably the biggest expense you'll come across.
Lol reasonable ha I am expecting a lot! cost 25 times my tank! You will definately hear from me again when more definate coral choices come along!

Is there a small clam I could sneak in the tank? One that doesnt get 16" long?
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I bet you could get one of the deresa clams with that light in that tank. I wouldnt try maxima clams though. But yep, you could get most corals that you'd want and see good growth too.
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Ok I will definately keep that in mind! thanks so much for your help carey!!!!!
Now to research my corals without breaking budget..
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You can do it. In that size tank you don't need monster corals, a nice rock with mushrooms would be cool, some candycanes, I love those and flowy coral like torches hammers and frogspawns.

Check out Aquarium Fish: Tropical Freshwater Fish and Saltwater Fish for Home Aquariums for some ideas.
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Should I buy them as frags or as full pieces? How do you attach them to the lr?
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i just sit the little plugs on the rock since i like to move my stuff all the time. but you can glue them if you want. You can buy larger corals as well, it's up to you.
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Do the larger corals grow larger? Frags take time to grow into larger corals I am assuming. Sorry about all these amatuer questions!
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It;s fine, it's what the forum is for. You'll find that out sooner than later.

some corals like zooa's grow can take over a the plug they are on and then onto the rock tanking that over in just a few months. I have amny corals that I had as frags that have grown ALOT. Duncan corals grow pretty quick for me, mushrooms spread alot, Frogspawns split and multiply pretty good too, all from a tiny $10 frag sometimes.
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That may be the best way to go for me then since I am very not smart when it comes to the sw aspect.

How do you feed them? I read something about zooplankton and they are carnivores?

I am so glad you are patient with me! I know its probably annoying!
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