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Old 10-03-2006, 09:34 PM   #11
 
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Dead by almost a month already, Mike.
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Old 10-03-2006, 09:54 PM   #12
 
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The whole topic area looked dead Blue, Just looking to stir up some trouble and some excitement in here. Nice to see you again. Hope you don't go reporting me to the mods again like you did yesterday.
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Old 10-03-2006, 09:56 PM   #13
 
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The whole topic area looked dead Blue, Just looking to stir up some trouble and some excitement in here. Nice to see you again. Hope you don't go reporting me to the mods again like you did yesterday.
I did?
You crazy man!
They're not as strict as you think.
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Old 10-03-2006, 09:58 PM   #14
 
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OFF topic,

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Old 10-03-2006, 10:00 PM   #15
 
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Haven't been reading too well, eh?
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Old 10-05-2006, 03:59 PM   #16
 
caferacermike-pendent light are extremely expensive-You need a expensive balast-you need the expensive fixture-you need the expensive bulb-and not to mention the electric bill mom would get in the mail
I think in my case pendent lights would not be suitable-a actanic bulb with a 10,000 k should be fine for what ill be growin in there
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Old 10-05-2006, 04:10 PM   #17
 
oh ya What is the watts per gallon you should have on a reef?
and if lets say my 10,000k bulb was 40 wats and my actanic was 15 would it count as 55 watts?
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Old 10-05-2006, 04:20 PM   #18
 
oh ya just to make this clear i dont want a lot of coral probly three or four and one anenomy and some live rock i dont want my tank stufed to the brim with coral
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Old 10-05-2006, 04:26 PM   #19
 
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Bud in my opinon 1.8 wpg is barely enough for a softy tank. Heck my 7g nano has 9wpg. You will be seriously limited to what you can keep like GSP, clove polyps, xenia, kenyan branching, zoas and mushrooms. It would be difficult to claim a 30g reef tank without some nice specimens of lps or sps. At least consider an Odyssea fixture from my friend matt, www. thehobbypalace.com I have a nice 130w PC fixture over a 20g planted that might pull it off for you. My friend uses the same fixture with one 12k bulb and one 20k bulb over a 20g reef. He can't grow SPS nor can he keep a clam but he has a few LPS like torches, frogspawn and hammers.

One note about lighting. It is the single most important thing about your reef tank besides clean water. It isn't important in any other tank besides a freshwater planted tank. Proper lighting is what makes your coral grow and what keeps it alive. Most coral is photosynthetic meaning it lives from the light you provide. So I cannot stress enough that there is no such thing as to expensive lighting. If you shop around you'll be pleasantly surprised. I can turn up used fully running 150w pendants for about $80 all the time. that really is not super expensive. Also a little 150w pendant will not eat up your electric bill. think about it, you should be thinking of at least 210w to fully support a nice SPS or clam collection. 200w running 8 hours is only 1,600w or 1.6kilowatt hours. Around here a kilowatt runs about 10 cents. So your 150w halide would cost about 15 cents a day to run. or about $5 a month. PM me and I'll link you to a calculator that will estimate the entire cost of your tank for you, you can show that to your mom. I won't link from the site as it is to another site and I noticed admin doesn't approve of that.

I'll even offer to help you find a reasonably priced pendant.

Never buy undersized lighting. As your tank matures and your interests change you will only be limited by your lighting demands. Why pay twice or threee times when you can get it right the first time? I started out with flouros, trashed em. Traded up for a 2x 150w MHQI 2x 200w PC fixture. It seemed great for about 6 months. I then got frags from a friend that died. He came by and laughed at my lighting. I went ahead and bought another system, 1000w total. Now everythign is awesome. That is on a 75g. I would have had $800 to spend on corals and fish had I not wasted my time buying underpowered lights.
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Old 10-05-2006, 04:29 PM   #20
 
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To bad I was writing out my last reply when you said you didn't want much coral.

Anemones are off your list. They must be kept in good lighting. Sorry it's just how it is. The only low light anemone is the aptasia anemone. You might pull off a majano but those are not the types you are looking for. Anemones are primarily a photosynthetic animal. They rarely eat anything. Anyone feeding them anyhting larger than mysis shrimp are ony polluting their tanks. It has been proven time and time again that they spit out large fish and shrimp pieces late at night while you are asleep. It has been proven that most can be kept without supplemental feeding under high lighting conditions.
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