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I will be getting a new light fixture to support corals in the future, and I was wondering if I should introduce any fish before I do this, or if I should wait until I place some coral in... Also, what are some good beginner corals. I have read some good things about the mushrooms, but also read that they spread like weeds... Open to any and all suggestions.
Tank has just finished going through it's cycle (according to what I know about the cycle; amm. nitrite 0 and nitrate at around 5 probably closer to 0) still some diatom bloom going on, but I never went through a big one.... 45 gallon tall, 4 to 5 inch sand bed. Aqua c PS. REgular lighting as of now.. So there are no beginner corals or mushrooms or anything I could keep, this early in my tank's life, once my new lighting is applied to the tank? I guess some people consider them annoying (mushrooms) idk? Thats why I am here! :)
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Originally Posted by mullinsd2 View Post
I don't think you need to worry about doing that. It won't reduce the algae bloom, and there is no livestock in the tank to be "shocked" with the new light. If you had an already stocked tank with fish and corals, and you jumped from PC to Metal Halide lights, then what you suggested above would be a good idea, otherwise you could actually "burn" the corals (so I've heard) and make the fish unhappy until they get used to the new, brighter light.
But since you don't have any fish or corals, I don't think there's anything to shock. And again, I highly doubt that increasing the light slowly would avoid an algae bloom.
Out of curiosity, what light fixture are you going to get?
"To an optimist, the glass is half-full;
to a pessimist, the glass is half-empty;
to an engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"
nova extreme pro. I picked this over the tek light fixture because it seems to be sufficient for the tank I have, and I do not want to pay extra for the tek stand and cooling fans, nor do I want to hang it anywhere. I know the tek is a little better, but I think I will be more than happy with the nep.
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