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Marinero 11-10-2008 08:25 PM

Lighting for FOWLR??
 
I have a 75 gal tank which is cycling right now with about 100lbs. of LR. The tank is an ALL GLASS measuring 48 x 18 x 20. The tank came with two 48" flourescent tubes. My question is if this is going to be only for fish and Live Rock, is this enough lighting? There are so many specialized bulbs. Should I purchase any of these, if so which ones, to maximize the growth of Coraline algae on the LR?
Thanks for the help!

Kellsindell 11-10-2008 08:48 PM

what are you planning to keep in the tank? Fish only this lighting is fine. If you want a reef tank then you have many options to choose from depending on the type of corals. Any questions feel free to ask.

Marinero 11-10-2008 09:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Kellsindell (Post 151564)
what are you planning to keep in the tank? Fish only this lighting is fine. If you want a reef tank then you have many options to choose from depending on the type of corals. Any questions feel free to ask.

No corals, just the Coraline algae on the LR and some fish

Kellsindell 11-10-2008 09:39 PM

KK, then the lights that come with it are fine.

Pasfur 11-11-2008 05:56 AM

Agreed. For good coraline growth you will need to keep alkalinity and calcium levels in check, but that is the case for any aquarium.

By the way, if you are using cured live rock to cycle, this tank may cycle within a few days.

What are your livestock plans?

Marinero 11-11-2008 08:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Pasfur (Post 151616)
Agreed. For good coraline growth you will need to keep alkalinity and calcium levels in check, but that is the case for any aquarium.

By the way, if you are using cured live rock to cycle, this tank may cycle within a few days.

What are your livestock plans?

Thanks for the answer. I decided to go with uncured LR, I do believe thats what it is. I bought it on line. Its Walt Smith LR shipped direct from Fiji to the supplier and then to me. It was in the original boxes still sealed. The supplier told me that about a week before I bought it it was probably in the ocean. Don't know if thats true or not. The LR had no "hitchhikers" and it didn't have much color. It was very porous though. I plan on having a semi aggresive tank with a couple of triggers(I just love their character!), and an eel. Possibly 1 or 2 more semi aggresive fish in time. What do you think?

Kellsindell 11-11-2008 08:57 PM

Sounds like a plan, and you may find later you do have hitch-hikers hidden throughout the rock. It is porous, well see. how are you going to stack your rocks?

Marinero 11-11-2008 09:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Kellsindell (Post 151796)
Sounds like a plan, and you may find later you do have hitch-hikers hidden throughout the rock. It is porous, well see. how are you going to stack your rocks?

First, I would like to thank you for all of your many helpful answers! Thank you!! Basically, I stacked them in the middle of the tank from end to end, leaving some space on the sides, front and back. I created many small caves and spaces due to the crazy shapes of the rocks. I was even able to create a little bridge in the middle with a hole for the fish to swim through. I stacked them pretty securely, again due to the nice shapes, they fit together pretty well. I also added some LR to my 20 gal. refugium, and LR rubble instead of bio balls. I have left the lights off for the first week so far. I will be regulating them on for small amounts of time for the rest of the cycling process.

Kellsindell 11-11-2008 09:50 PM

[quote=Marinero;151800]First, I would like to thank you for all of your many helpful answers! Thank you!!

and LR rubble instead of bio balls. quote]

You are very welcome and we are always happy to help, and the LR rubble was a good move over the bio balls.


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