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cbeard 06-08-2010 11:40 AM

Quick Lighting Question (And an RO ? thrown in at the end lol)
 
I was looking to buy the Nova Extreme 24" 96w T5 lighting system with cooling fan, etc., and in additon throw on some LED's for night time use on a future reef nano, a 10 gallon tank.

In the classifieds, however, I talked to a member that suggested the 48w without a fan, same length.

I realize both of these will make a nice reef tank, although there is a massive price gap between them. I wanted to make sure I had enough light that I wouldn't have to skip nice high light coral once the tank is set up, but thinking about it, if I have 12 lbs of Live Rock in a 10gallon, I should be fine with placing high light corals near the top with the 48w, right? I mean, the light won't disperse much in the first few inches of water, so I should be cool, I would assume.. I am looking for advice on that.

This will be my first time using T5 lighting and I am a bit confused on a 24hr cycle, so I planned on switching day lights off and running a set of 1w LED's at night. Good plan, or dumb plan? Better ideas?

According to the poster giving me advice in the classifieds section Marineland is running a clearance on both of these fixtures at the moment, so quick help would be appreciated I think I might order them within a day or two depending on feedback on here.

Also real quick- I am running a very low wattage (104 gph) powerhead on the tank, using a 30gallon rated Biowheel filtration system, 12 lbs of live rock, NO protein Skimmer, NO heater (unless needed), a small computer fan blowing on the water, 3.5 inches of live sand.... What would you recommend for RO? I want one on the tank, but I am unsure of what brand to use on such a small tank. Suggestions?


THANKS!!

bearwithfish 06-08-2010 12:01 PM

1st off welcome to TFK!!!!
ok you have a lot of info in your post and that is great!! but we need to handle one part at a time... i will leave lighting for some one better able to answer than me as i tend to DIY a lot of my own lighting and have had good results.. this said i do not keep up with the market and may not be able to help in that area...
i would like to ask why no heater? if you intend to keep tropical life in this tank you will want to maintain a temp around 78 degrees for them to be healthy and happy.
as for filtration... with saltwater you want to stay away from bio-wheels as they are nitrate factories and that is bad in salt water.. in fact here read this article about filtration (this is above all the best place to start when building) http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/m...shwater-31955/

with such a small tank you wont even need a filter or skimmer if you just keep on with your regular water changes...

cbeard 06-08-2010 12:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bearwithfish (Post 399794)
1st off welcome to TFK!!!!
ok you have a lot of info in your post and that is great!! but we need to handle one part at a time... i will leave lighting for some one better able to answer than me as i tend to DIY a lot of my own lighting and have had good results.. this said i do not keep up with the market and may not be able to help in that area...
i would like to ask why no heater? if you intend to keep tropical life in this tank you will want to maintain a temp around 78 degrees for them to be healthy and happy.
as for filtration... with saltwater you want to stay away from bio-wheels as they are nitrate factories and that is bad in salt water.. in fact here read this article about filtration (this is above all the best place to start when building) http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/m...shwater-31955/

with such a small tank you wont even need a filter or skimmer if you just keep on with your regular water changes...

Wow, very interesting I will definitely look into that. What about reverse osmosis filters? None of those either?

Thanks for the welcome and the quick reply!

bearwithfish 06-08-2010 12:14 PM

ok as far as Ro is concerned my understanding is this is how you filet the water before you add it to the tank... i personally use tap water that i tread with a dechlorinator and then add my salt (during W/C) or just add treated water for top off... it really depends on your water where you are from....

cbeard 06-08-2010 12:19 PM

I forgot to mention why I chose no heater. The original lighting plan heats the water quite a bit, and I would actually need a fan on the water to cool it off with the lights raised. I was going to run the tank for quite a while to make sure I wouldn't need one, and if I did I would definitely pick one up- but from what I've gathered these lights produce a lot of heat.

bearwithfish 06-08-2010 12:22 PM

ohhhhh ok well lets see where that goes..... again i made my own and they produce very little heat to speak of...


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