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Help I don't want to %&@# it up.
Old 02-19-2007, 12:42 PM   #1
 
Help I don't want to %&@# it up.

Hi my name is steve and I am about to become a reef tank owner but I don't want to get it wrong in the beginning. My only purchase to date is a book and I have been surfing the net crazy like. I have found a 125 gallon tank used with all kinds of accessories included but it is very confusing as to what i need. Can someone please help me. Ad reads:


125 GALLON DUAL OVERFLOW reef ready aquarium. Includes everything that you will need to set up a salt water tank (tank, stand, canopy, 6ft light bar with 6 power compacts and 3 moon lights with built in fans, sump, plumbing, UV Sterilizer, skimmer, sand and books). All the equipment is worth $5000 alone. All you need to do is add water and fish.
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Old 02-19-2007, 12:59 PM   #2
 
Wow that is very good, it really does have everything.

Can you give us more information? Do you want a fish only tank? FIsh only with live rock? Semi-reef, full blown reef?
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Old 02-19-2007, 01:19 PM   #3
 
I think I want a full on reef tank. What I want is corals hard and soft, and fish. Like I said I am just starting looking into this but I have seen many a picture I want lots of colour. (Canadian) So far, tell me if i'm right, I am going to need live rock for the corals. I want clown fish and tangs star fish hermit crab and shrimp maybe sone trigger fish??? So far I am just planning the base i want live sand?? and live rock to start right?
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Old 02-19-2007, 01:30 PM   #4
 
I think i've atached a pict and they want 1500 obo for it do you think thats a fair price.



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Old 02-19-2007, 01:47 PM   #5
 
oh, first off...no trigger in a reef aquarium. thats a big no no, he will eat whatever inverts you put in and maybe your small fish.
then what wattage is your lights. power compacts will not be enough for hard corals. They have much higher lighting demands than soft corals.
You don't just need live rock for corals. it also serves as a natural filtration. You will also want to approach this slowly. You cannot rush saltwater or you will find yourself with a lot of problems.
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Old 02-19-2007, 02:04 PM   #6
 
I done know what 1500 obo is but that is a nice tank! Did it specify the wattage of the powercompacts? 6 power compacts is plenty of lighting for any corals you will want to keep(hard,soft)
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Old 02-19-2007, 02:13 PM   #7
 
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I done know what 1500 obo is but that is a nice tank! Did it specify the wattage of the powercompacts? 6 power compacts is plenty of lighting for any corals you will want to keep(hard,soft)
not always, they might be weak pc lights, if you want a wide variety of corals, MH lighting is best. PC lighting can get you the softer corals
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Old 02-19-2007, 02:19 PM   #8
 
Didn't spec. what wattage but i will find out. What is mh lighting?
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Old 02-19-2007, 02:21 PM   #9
 
Okay no triggfish. and Take it slow is the number one thing everyone I've talked to has told me. Does anyone know of a good book that shows steps ect???
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Old 02-19-2007, 02:22 PM   #10
 
MH= Metal hallide
One of if not the most powerful lighting for aquarists out there, runs hotter and more expensive than a flourecent but has a much much higher output lighting than a flourecents. Loved by experianced reefers and electrical company, resembles sun light much better than all other lights. Fans highly reccomended and lights need to be a few inches above waterline to prevent temperature fluctuations.
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