12-19-2012, 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by bigehugedome
I do know the standard only has Compact fluorescent bulbs with Blue LED moon lights and the HQI uses a metal hailde light.
I dont know the specifics since im new to Salt myself but basically the HQI will allow you to keep corals which require more light like SPS and clams.
So what do you want to have? FOWLR or reef? For FOWLR you only need the Standard tank, but if you want to go reef it may be better to go with the HQI now so you are not worrying about mods and upgrades later depending on which corals you want to keep down the line.
All that being said, im not a SW expert or biocube owner so hopefully someone else can chime in.
Welcome to TFK. Do your research and ask questions before you start!
thank you very much for your help, I appreciate every single advice I can get. But yeah I am definitely looking over this site for awhile before I end up getting a tank and everything. But I would like to set up a reef tank with just a couple fish such as some clown fish. I would definitely invest in the HQI if it is worth it because in the long run $500 isnt that much money at all but I just want to make sure it is worth it or if I should just buy the parts seperate for myself. but thank you again for the help! I need every little help I can get :)