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Old 09-03-2010, 02:39 PM   #1
 
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Overflow/stocking questions

So I have a few questions to ask(yet again) but now my tank is very close to set-up(or to getting set up)

Q 1.) I have been looking at overflow systems and was planning to buy a Glass-holes 700 gph overflow(drilled) but it is expensive. I have also seen the external overflow that uses a siphon but the siphon does not seem reliable and if it fails I have a huge problem on my hands. So which is better the drilled(I would get drilled by professionals) or the external overflow?

Q 2.) I know I am far from stocking the tank but I would rather find out now rather then later. I was planning to keep a reef tank but with 2 dwarf fuzzy lions. Is that ok I heard they are reef safe(well somewhat) and I would rather know now rather then later if they are ok or if I should make a special coral nano/frag tank(I will be anyways so I can have a little support for maintaining the tanks)?

Thank you in advance
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:59 PM   #2
 
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Also I have a 75w clamp light for the sump and I can't find a 6500k bulb(was told there was one) for it I have a 3000k bulb but the max was 4500k.Suggestions?
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:02 PM   #3
 
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the external overflows should be in conjunction with an aqua lifter of some sort...that will solve your over flow problem for a mere $25-$35 and can serve a number of uses....what type of light is in your clamp lamp ...compact flourecsent????those tend to do the trick for me in compacxt situations that require a specific spectrum.....coralife carries anything from warm,50 50 ,to true actinic....good luck ...ADIOS...
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:29 PM   #4
 
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It sadly is just a normal light socket but I bet I could find a DIY but I heard there are 6500k bulbs
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:35 PM   #5
 
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there are daylight compact flouro bulbs ( the ones that spiral ) very cheap that would work.
ive personally had aqualifters clog/fail on me. i say drill it, and if your some what DIY friendly it doesnt take pros to do it. youtube has videos on how to drill glass safely.

as for lions they'll eat what they fit in their mouth.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:20 PM   #6
 
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they make filters for aqua lifters wich you are supposed to use when possibly pumping particals...i just made a dyi filter with filter floss...and as far as bulbs go you should be able to find any spectrum you need for your situation...i pesonaly like the 50-50 compact flouresents if you are doing corals...they screw into any incandesent socket and usualy produce little heat in comparison with other bulbs...drilling is always a nice but definitly check out your options..ADIOS...
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Old 09-03-2010, 09:29 PM   #7
 
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i assume the light is for your fuge in the sump... if so i would go with either 5500 or 6500k bulbs (Normal screw ends) and these can be found at walmart or a local hard ware store .. if you need help ask them to show you the "grow lights"
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Old 09-04-2010, 12:23 AM   #8
 
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OF2F- I know I can drill it myself but I feel safer with a pro doing it but I might try myself if it has to be exactly where and how I want it.

bear- Yes it is for my sump, I will look next chance I get. I got a grow bulb(75w) but I looked on the website and has 0k for some reason

Thanks I still have some desiding to do. I will most likely go drilled.
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Old 09-29-2010, 03:21 PM   #9
 
If you do drill it yourself read about it as much as possible and before you do it buy some pieces of glass at a local hardware store to practice on because if you mess up on your tank it would be a really big bummer.
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