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JustOneMore20 08-13-2009 06:47 PM

I think buying a book about saltwater tanks or doing ALOT of reading online would benefit you. You can't just throw an anemone in the tank and it live. Its not a plant...its living. They need much more than regular fluorescent lighting. And good lighting isn't cheap. Definitely figure out what type of anemone you have and do some reading on it.

Please research before you buy fish as well.

There really isn't a way around spending a good bit of money on a saltwater tank...especially when you get into corals and anemones. ;)

thominil 08-13-2009 06:54 PM

I agree, look at Reef Secrets by Alf Jacob Nilsen and Svein A. fossa. It goes into every little detail about what you need to know like what your equipment does, how to chose the right equipment and even goes into reef conservation and things like that.

Sharkbait430 08-14-2009 10:19 AM

(Not calling you a dummy but this is what I started with) Saltwater Aquariums for Dummies - Good book and very informational. Also, is listed in the references =)

fishmonkey 08-14-2009 07:04 PM

yeah get saltwater aquariums for dummies. its what i started with and its great.

Red5 08-16-2009 05:25 PM

This guy just offered to sell me the light system i posted for $30. So you guys think it won't be enough to support an anenome in a 75 with the other lights as well?

thominil 08-16-2009 07:48 PM

That won't even be close to enough light for an anemone. Look into T5 HO or metal halide. This fixture will allow you to keep anemones, soft coral, LPS, and SPS (some SPS may need to be placed at or towards the top): 48" 6x54W Nova Extreme PRO T5HO 3x10k/3x460nm Actinics by Current USA*(1081) - AquaCave. HTH.

Red5 08-16-2009 09:24 PM

What about a 36" coral life 96w? Would that be eough for half the tank? Spending over 300 cash on a light is not in my future.;)

jessicasmarine 08-16-2009 09:45 PM

You'll be spending more if you buy cheap lights now and have no success and keep trying to slowly upgrade one light at a time, start off with the best and save in the long run. (completely from experience)

JustOneMore20 08-16-2009 10:36 PM

96w won't cut it either. Sorry. :(

jessicasmarine 08-16-2009 10:47 PM

For $100 you can get Odyssea 48" 4x54 t5ho, they work good but you get what you pay for. You can only buy bulbs from odyssea due to slight size difference and you have to have a secondary cooling fan.

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