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Old 09-15-2010, 01:06 PM   #11
awesome, I'm gonna start making a supply list. Thanks
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:09 PM   #12
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keep us posted and remember there are a million way to achieve the great result ... so even differing oppinions are great and make this salty adventure so much more fun...
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Old 09-15-2010, 05:55 PM   #13
will do! What can you tell me about lighting?
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:50 PM   #14
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well i can not tel you much just my recent experiance..... for my refugium i use a clamp on lamp with a 5500k CFL bulb from Home Depot and my Cheato grows like crazy.... i had 1 t8 50/50 bulb and 1 t8 10000k bulb and 2 compact 6500k bulbs on my main display tank (DT) and to be honest i was not happy with them at all... i just got in 2 36" T5 fixtures each with true actinic and 12000k bulbs and i tell you in just one day i can see a remarkable difference.... my corals are loving it and they look so much better.. not to mention that these lights really open up a bunch more corals to me in the future...... not many people use MH (metal halides) and have great results i dont know much about them so i wont comment other than to say they are much more expensive to buy and operate.....
also a ton of folks are really about brand for one reason or another and i am not that guy i got a great deal on mine where i could have paid $100 each fixture (i have 2) i paid $100 for both with shipping and i really like them...

one other bit i am a HUGE fan of DIY if you can make it or make something else work for what you want it to do then i am the guy that does it LOL....
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:59 PM   #15
Great! I guess once I decide on what corals I want, I can then decide my lighting needs. I'd like to buy one that has moonlight led's. Can you explain more about the bubble trap in the sump, I don't quite get the one high one low one high.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:13 PM   #16
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again i am a diy fan so i would say make your own moon lihgts i am making mine next week and after pricing all i need i think the total is up to about $10....LOL i am a cheap cheap man ......

ok as for the bubble trap watch this
YouTube - Reef Tank D.I.Y. Sump part 1
search Google and youtube a lot and you will see some great stuff... this vid is large scale but just think smaller if you are using a different size tank...
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Old 09-15-2010, 10:42 PM   #17
I'm all for diy,but I dont have the money to risk messing up the light fixture
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:47 AM   #18
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i hear you... i guess i was more in the mind of get a light and Modify it rather than building one....
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:30 AM   #19
yeah I hear ya, how long does the tank have to cycle before it is"mature?" I saw the video about sumps, thank you! It cleared up my question wonderfully. I do have a few more questions though.

In one of my earlierposts I stated that I wanted to use natures ocean marine white sand, can you explain what live sand is and how I could use the natures ocean sand as my substrate?

also, I read that when grown, damsels get quite territorial. Is it a bad idea to have 2 types of damsels in my setup? I'd like to have one 3 striped damsel and one yellow tail damsel.
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:35 AM   #20
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Wanted to post a quick thank you andrew for starting your thread. I've asked all your questions before and can't seem to re-read all those starter threads enough to understand more and more what it is I need to do for mine. Keeping an eye on this thread. Keep up with the great questions, the folks here on the site are absolutely phenomenal. Definitely helping me build and put together my fist SW tank.

Keep asking, these guys will keep helping. Now I demand pictures of your building as you start this up!
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