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do Corals need T-5 lighting?
Old 07-18-2012, 09:59 PM   #11
 
i currently have only 3 pounds of it, i was gonna add 7 more pounds of Dead rock . but I have a 30 pound sand bag i put in there. and no, i dont have any more powerheads, because theres already a lot of flow going into the tank, and the coral i have hates too much flow, and even if the Coral dies, Honestly, i wouldnt be losing any Money off it, and im also going to try using one of those LED bulbs... cant remeber the name of it, but it fits into any standard light socket, and then i was gonna put it in a heat lamp frame, so that it adds some more reflection. as far as temperature raising, ive never had problems with that. My budget it 130$ for everything on the tank, however, i didnt have to buy a hood, or filters, they were filters i have had for a long time (unused still though) my goal in fish / clean up crew is :

2 clownifsh, which will cost a total of 50$
5 blue legged crabs at 5$ total
3-4 turbo snails, might mix and match them as well, but the average price per snail is 2$
i was thinking about a small sandsifting starfish, and ill trade it in when it gets to be too big, at 15$
sand was a total of 30$ and some undesand LED strip for a moonlight illusion was 20$
that kinda sums up my budget in total... i can go maybe 10-15 dollars above if its absolutley nessessary. ( i didnt count the live rock, cause i had already put aside money for it)

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Old 07-18-2012, 11:13 PM   #12
 
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i currently have only 3 pounds of it, i was gonna add 7 more pounds of Dead rock . but I have a 30 pound sand bag i put in there. and no, i dont have any more powerheads, because theres already a lot of flow going into the tank, and the coral i have hates too much flow, and even if the Coral dies, Honestly, i wouldnt be losing any Money off it, and im also going to try using one of those LED bulbs... cant remeber the name of it, but it fits into any standard light socket, and then i was gonna put it in a heat lamp frame, so that it adds some more reflection. as far as temperature raising, ive never had problems with that. My budget it 130$ for everything on the tank, however, i didnt have to buy a hood, or filters, they were filters i have had for a long time (unused still though) my goal in fish / clean up crew is :

2 clownifsh, which will cost a total of 50$
5 blue legged crabs at 5$ total
3-4 turbo snails, might mix and match them as well, but the average price per snail is 2$
i was thinking about a small sandsifting starfish, and ill trade it in when it gets to be too big, at 15$
sand was a total of 30$ and some undesand LED strip for a moonlight illusion was 20$
that kinda sums up my budget in total... i can go maybe 10-15 dollars above if its absolutley nessessary. ( i didnt count the live rock, cause i had already put aside money for it)
Two clowns would be fine and the blue legged craps would be alright too, but for a 10 gallon tank you wouldn't need more then one turbo snail for a tank that size. Getting 10 to 15 lbs. of live rock would be my first concern though. You will want to get a good organic filter built up. As for the light craigslist is a great place to find cheap equipment. It has been my experience that getting it right the first time save a lot of money and heart ache.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:07 AM   #13
 
OMG i never thought of that LOL!, i was just going tow ait till they got a sale, i saw a 20" hood for 45$ !!!! but it got sold within 5 hours and i didnt have the money for it -.-
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:14 AM   #14
 
i was told by some, that if you have a really deep sandbed, you dont need as much LR
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:29 AM   #15
 
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i was told by some, that if you have a really deep sandbed, you dont need as much LR
To a degree.
Ron Shimek's Website...Deep Sand Beds
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:01 PM   #16
 
Ok, i just took out my shrimp i put in a few days ago, and checked my nitrates. They were a bit higher... and the Coral btw, is looking more healthy. all his hands are opening up, and trying to catch foods, which btw, what should i feed this coral? if anything at all? and im also going to get an LED hood for the corals. looks like im going to skip the whole FOWLR set up idea. also, what other corals are good for beginners? ones that i dont really have to worry about, and just put them in there.
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:23 PM   #17
 
Micro Plankton, Phytoplankton, once a week or so as a filler. They rely mostly on the lighting for their energy.
Other easy corals are
Zoos
Most Soft Corals
Mushrooms
Starburst Polyp
And your Waving hand coral might possible be a Xenia, or Starburst, there are several variations of this.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:21 PM   #18
 
the coral i have seems like its an Xenia... i honestly hope it survives, it looks awesome in the tank.
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the coral i have seems like its an Xenia... i honestly hope it survives, it looks awesome in the tank.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:56 AM   #20
 
alright, im going to get a damsel today, and a few crabs... i saw a snowflake eel there, and i was tempted to buy it, just cause i love eels. I have a snowflake moray (brackish water) and hes just the coolest thing ever. but im waiting till next year when i get a 120 gallon for the basement. ive read you can keep em in 10 gallons for a year or so, but im not gonna even bother yet. Also update on the waving hand, His Arms today are extended a ton more !! i think hes actually gonna make it through
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