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Old 03-21-2010, 07:37 PM   #11
 
Skip the canister filter it's a nitrite producer.

Lights maybe a little much, wait for Pasfur, wake, or OnefishTwofish.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:49 PM   #12
 
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the canister is for my FRESHWATER tank....... i just posted here as to not start yet another thread cause im pretty sure its a good one, but if one of u say no then i wont get it for my FRESHWATER tank.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:51 PM   #13
 
Oo I thought you ment marine. I have no experence with canister filters in freshwater.
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:16 PM   #14
 
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ok np thanks for replying, im trying to have someone give me some decent info so i can get my order in before tonight so it will come next week. yay free shipping!
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:21 PM   #15
 
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The watts per gallon rule is kind of archaic. There are a lot of determining factors when it comes to light. For example, 70 watts of Metal Halide is superior to 140 watts of Fluorescent. The gas burn bulbs give off far more UVs than Fluorescent bulbs.

If you want a 70 watt metal halide, just hang it high on the tank. That clamp light looks like it can be placed about 7" above the tank. This would be a good fit. You might want to add a fluorescent bulb to pick up more blue light, and I would say to leave that MH on for only 5 hours a day max. The Fluorescents can stay on for longer, maybe ten-eleven hours.

I have never tried 14,000k bulbs, but I think that Kells or Onefish have. I would probably go with a 10000k myself

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Old 03-21-2010, 10:19 PM   #16
 
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well if i dont like the bulb i can change it out. are u saying i should get a small attinic aftermarket or something? i think im gonna go ahead and order them! exciting. i also got a nice test kit coming with the order!
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:42 AM   #17
 
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Halides are very warm. You will need to be adding a fan to cool them. They can be responsible for a lot of evaporation over the course of a day. In a ten gallon tank, a half gallon of water is 5% of the total volume! That could throw off the salinity and create big temperature swings.

In this case, Power Compacts (PC) are a good alternative. Considering the tank size, keeping corals alive even with PC shouldn't be a problem...
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:22 PM   #18
 
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I went ahead and got all the stuff. conisdering that it is high off the tank and my room is usualy cold, i dont think it will get to hot. if it does i will just end up getting a small fan, which is ok with me. Hopefully i can get some nicer corals that arent to hard to keep. how hard are hard corals to keep if i could keep them with a 70watt metal halide 14000k light?
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:30 PM   #19
 
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The lights are just the beginning. Just a good piece in the puzzle that is reefkeeping. As important as strong lighting is for hard corals, oldtimers will tell you that they "kept Acro under two T8s!" How true this reaaally is is beyond me, but I understand the premise of the statement.

Water Quality is by far the most important method of keeping hard corals. If you have fluctuating Alkalinity and Calcium and high Nitrates, all the sunlight in the world won't help. Alkalinity 8-12 dKH. Calcium between 400-450 ppm. Nitrates need to be ~0ppm and temperature and salinity need to stay constant.

I would try my hand at keeping the water as stable as possible (you will find it challenging in a 10 nano) and make sure you know the tank's needs before adding any sensitive lifeforms.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:10 PM   #20
 
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i understand, i am taking it slow. i will probably start up with a fish and invert then move into adding corals. i really like gobys but i have no clue what i really want. i like fish that dont just hover around the tank, you know, ones with personalities. i like ones that hide, play peek-a-boo and stuff like gobys that walk around. any sugestions would be nice.

also could someone help me out with CUC. i know it stands up for clean up crew, but im still confused, does it stay in the tank forever, what should mine consist of, is there a way to have interesting snails and whatever else is in it? i am willing to pay a bit more if the CUC has some nice inverts in it.

im think im having some sort of bloom. my sand is turning brown on top and the LR is kind of purple. if someone could explain that would be awsome!
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