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Starting My First Saltwater Tank and I have a few Questions.
Old 08-14-2013, 11:08 AM   #11
 
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Ok, ive been doing some looking. I think im going to just break down and buy me a new light. However its just kind of cringe worthy to see the 350+ price tags on these things. Do i need a 4 bulb, or would a two bulb t5HO be sufficient. I want to get some anemone and things similar down the road. Ive been looking at three lights.

Coralife Dual Fixture High Output T5 Aquarium Light Fixture at PETCO
Amazon.com: Coralife 08607 Lunar Aqualight High Output T5 Quad Lamp Fixture, 48-Inch: Pet Supplies
http://www.marineandreef.com/AquaticLife_48_T5_HO_4_Lamp_Fixture_Lunar_Light_p/ral01037.htm

Also i am guessing since my tank is 48" long, i will need the 48" light. If i am wrong here, please correct me. Thanks again for all your help. I purchased my salt mix, hydrometer, skimmer, overflow, thermometer, heater, and test kits yesterday, so im getting there slowly but surely.
You can get away with a dual lamp. It will limit you to keeping easier, lower light corals, such as mushrooms, softies and a few LPS. The quad lamp will greatly increase the diversity of coral you can keep in a 55.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:39 PM   #12
 
Well i went ahead an ordered AquaticLife 4 Bulb T5 HO & LED Light Fixture - 48 in..
I figured im going to need one anyways and i like the timer and lunar lights and stuff on that one. Im getting my sump tomorrow and will plump it up probably this weekend. I also purchased my sand today so i have everything i need either purchased on in the mail on its way to me besides my live rock at this point. I plan to get everything plumbed up with the sump and mix all my water and salt and have it ready to go and then im going to place my rock and then sand in the tank.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:19 PM   #14
 
Im getting excited and anxious to get this tank up and running. I have spent more time in the last few days researching aquarium stuff at work than doing actual work. Im trying my hardest to not try to do anything to quickly, since i know that these tanks require the utmost patience. Ill try to get some photos and stuff of my progress as im setting it all up, and i will keep you posted!
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:44 AM   #15
 
So, im trying to add some pictures. Can i do this from my computer or do i have to have them on a filehost?
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:38 AM   #16
 
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So, im trying to add some pictures. Can i do this from my computer or do i have to have them on a filehost?
You can do it from your computer.

If posting in the "Quick Post" area, click "Go Advanced" underneath it, and in that screen scroll down to "Manage Attachments" where you can add pictures.

If posting in "New Post" style, just scroll down and click the "Manage Attachments" button.

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Old 08-15-2013, 03:26 PM   #17
 
OK, awesome. Ill post the few pics i have so far tonight after work so you can see my progress. Thanks again!
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:44 PM   #18
 
Ok, i think i got the pictures figured out.

This firs tone is right after i got the tank home and in place. Wasnt a whole lot of options in my small apartment, so i decided right next to my recliner would be a decent place so i can keep an eye on things.


This picture is after i filled it up with water to make sure it would hold water and everything. Plus i just wanted to see how it looked full. Ive since gotten rid of the HOB filter, under-gravel filters, and the bubble stones.


I got all of my water mixing up in a big tote i got. Its going to stay in here for a frew days until i can get my overflow and protein skimmer in the mail so i can plumb up my sump and everything.
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:49 PM   #19
 
I got my sump today also. Im not sure if this is going to work like i want. the baffle in the middle which i was hoping would work as a bubble trap has a height of 4 inches off the bottom, and its just the one. I think when this thing was purchased new it was full of bio balls, and i dont want to put those in there. I was able to aquire a 10 gallon tank from my boss the other day, but dont currently have any way to create baffles for it, so i may just have to run with no bubble traps in the sump and then make some baffles later for my 10 gallon and switch over to it as my sump.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:46 AM   #20
 
Well darn, maybe i did the pictures wrong on the first post there, since they are not showing up now. Ill add them back today and do it like i did the one of the sump.
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