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post #11 of 15 Old 09-24-2009, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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I've had some people say that you can't keep anthias in a 55 gallon tank. The consensus from others is 100 gallons.

I'm not heart broken about the regal tang mimic, if I can't keep one I can't keep one. Have to save it for when the wife is out of town and I buy something in the 300 gallon range. After the separation if over and she moves back in I'm sure she'll love it.

The chromis are not the end of the world. I like shoaling fish but if I'm going to have to dedicate a large portion of my bioload to a big school of them to keep them from getting nippy I'm fine with not having them.

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post #12 of 15 Old 09-24-2009, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Another thing.

I know I've said FOWLR but given my light (I'll be cleaning all my kit this weekend and ID'ing the light is tops on my to-do list) would it be possible to maybe keep some of the simpler corals like mushrooms or zoas?

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post #13 of 15 Old 09-24-2009, 04:26 PM
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I think you can keep mushrooms and zoos. Probably star polyps and leathers as well. Get some input from OF2F on low light corals. Also, Eric Borneman has an excellent book on coral selection that goes into difficulty and light requirements. It isn't expensive at all and is an easy page turner.

I see no problem with Anthias in a 55 gallon tank, unless you are looking to keep a large group. However, if others have expressed difficulty, then perhaps they could point to a specific example of a situation that went bad? I think it is more likely a case of not having enough live rock to break up the territory.
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post #14 of 15 Old 09-25-2009, 05:50 PM
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Mushrooms should be fine. My parents had some in their 90 when it was first starting out. Had one 48" LED light, and they grew a couple heads with it. Glad to see you've come to the salt water side.

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post #15 of 15 Old 09-29-2009, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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Unless I miss my mark I've got a quad 65W set up. So I've got 260W of light over the tank.

I've got a 48" version of this: Compact Fluorescent Aquarium Lighting: Dual Satellite Compact Fluorescent Fixtures or at least something close to it. What I'd like to do is run the front bulb a 10,000 or 14,000k bulb and the rear be an actinic. I have them on separate timers starting the actinic an hour or so before the front bulb then letting it run for an hour after the front one.

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