Transition to hard coral
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Saltwater Fish and Coral Reef Tanks » Beginner Saltwater Aquariums » Saltwater Aquarium Equipment » Transition to hard coral

Transition to hard coral

This is a discussion on Transition to hard coral within the Saltwater Aquarium Equipment forums, part of the Beginner Saltwater Aquariums category; --> Hello everyone - Right now, I have a 55 gallon set up with live rock, sand, 1 soft coral, 1 bulb tip anemone, 3 ...

Check out these saltwater fish profiles
Yellow Tail Damsel
Yellow Tail Damsel
Sohal Tang
Sohal Tang
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
Transition to hard coral
Old 02-20-2009, 11:58 AM   #1
 
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!!

Michael
mikedelo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 12:03 PM   #2
 
onefish2fish's Avatar
 
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?
onefish2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 12:13 PM   #3
 
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
mikedelo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 12:15 PM   #4
 
onefish2fish's Avatar
 
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?
onefish2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 01:36 PM   #5
 
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 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 01:40 PM   #6
 
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.
mikedelo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 04:57 PM   #7
 
Kellsindell's Avatar
 
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.
Kellsindell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2009, 04:24 PM   #8
 
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?

Mike
mikedelo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2009, 09:11 PM   #9
 
Kellsindell's Avatar
 
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.
Kellsindell is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Transition from 45 gallon non-planted community tank to larger, planted, discus tank borkborkbork Cichlids 7 03-02-2009 03:49 PM
Transition from 45 gallon non-planted community tank to larger, planted, discus tank borkborkbork Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 0 02-23-2009 01:11 AM
Hard Coral discoloration & brown spots fishfreak Coral and Reef Creatures 1 09-01-2007 07:33 PM
Lighting for reef tank. No hard coral MrFish Saltwater Aquarium Equipment 2 04-27-2007 04:24 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:59 PM.