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mikedelo 02-20-2009 10:58 AM

Transition to hard coral
Hello everyone -

Right now, I have a 55 gallon set up with live rock, sand, 1 soft coral, 1 bulb tip anemone, 3 fish, countless number of snails and crabs, 6 slugs, god know what else!

I would like to add some hard corals to the tank but I am not sure if I have the correct equipment. I am sporting a 25 gallon sump, and a powerful protein skimmer. As for my lights I have fluorescent strips. I think I need a metal halide set up?

Thank you!!


onefish2fish 02-20-2009 11:03 AM

what exactly is a slug?

what kind of skimmer? brand/model

fluorescent lights are for sure not going to be strong enough, your going to need ATLEAST T5s and even with them you will have some restrictions. halides will allow you to keep just about anything but they run very hot and you may need a chiller. its also easier to change colors out on T5s.

what kind of fish? how much flow?

mikedelo 02-20-2009 11:13 AM

I have a clown, royal gramma and a sailfin fish.

I do have a chiller, the tank is kept at 78 degrees F.

The tank also has a powerhead blowing from left to right. It is a Hydor Koralia 3 or 4. (I think three)

For a protein skimmer I have Red Sea Berlin X2 Protein Skimmer Turbo 225g Tanks

onefish2fish 02-20-2009 11:15 AM

very nice. well thats good you already have a chiller and the skimmer is good.

only one powerhead?

when you say "hard corals" im assuming SPS?

mikedelo 02-20-2009 12:36 PM

I thought SPS was hard coral.

BTW - The slugs look like a snail without its shell. I don't know where they come from.

mikedelo 02-20-2009 12:40 PM

If it helps to show my current setup - you can see pictures of my tank here: Fish Tank pictures by mikedelo - Photobucket

Some of the pictures a few months old. Since these were taken, I cleaned the front glass off. There was a ton of algae growth and other some sort of life on the front glass, but I finally decided to scrap it.

Kellsindell 02-20-2009 03:57 PM

They are Hard corals, but LPS are hard too, but with bigger polyps. Different corals require different lighting and no rule is perfect. You can check Lights and acclimations and Lights Continued to get an idea of what you're going to need to get done before you can keep small polyped corals.

mikedelo 02-22-2009 03:24 PM

OK.... Yes... SPS is where I shall start.

I was looking a the types of lighting systems I would need. What do you think about this one: Current USA Metal Halide Outer Orbit Fixtures It does not say if it is T3 or T5, or is that something different?


Kellsindell 02-22-2009 08:11 PM

T5's are going to be ok. Read the link that i gave you more carefully. It'll give you info about T5's as well.

As for the light fixture, that'd be fine too, or a DIY fixture or a DIY T5 fixture... Either or, you'll get many oppinions in this site.

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