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Re: Recifal or FO?

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I found a new brand called : reef octopus acording to the buyer it is a good skimmer quality/price. I searched a bit about reviews seems a good skimmer. What do you think?
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Reef octopus are good skimmers.



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Great! I think i will get one of them thank you


And one more question,when i will fill the aquarium and i want to put the light above the aquarium,can i to avoid evaporation cover the aquarium with a glass? Or it will affect the light that the corals need?

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A full glass cover will probly cause issue with the pH as co2 will not be able to out gas effeciently.I have glass over the back of my tanks to keep fish from jumping out(with canopy surrounding the 3 visable sides.
A screen cover will work reall good to keep jumpers in and allow light and out gassing of co2.
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Hello,
how are you today?
Thanks a lot for the link,I checked it.
Oh ! i have good news! a pet store will make me the aquarium,with the skimmer(deltec for 800L.) with sump and the live rocks for 800$,good price,no?

I have a question concerning the lighting,since my aquarium will be 60cm deep,and it is a reef aquarium,i want to use HQI lighting,can I use them only? or i have to add with them the blue tube neon light?(t5)

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Re: Recifal or FO?

HQI's are fine as long as you are prepared to deal with the heat(if it becomes an issue) and they are of proper temp(10,000K at least.).Anything from 10K through 20 K is fine and the higher the K (kelvin) the more blue the white will appear.
You may still want actinic(430NM) bulbs to be your sunrise/sunset featured.I think during the "daylight" cycled theHQI will provide all spectrums necessary.



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I think i will go for :
HQI :2 x 250w + 2 x 39w t5 actinic
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Hey!! it's me again!
all the project is getting closer.. i have sold my freshwaterautolinker.com autolinking image aquarium,got some space for the new one!!
on the 4th of october the person who will make my aquarium will come back to the country,so i will probably go and talk to him on the 5th or 6th.

But i have a question in mind...
my aquarium will be a 120x60x60 : If i want to see which fish i can add to the aquarium : should i refer to the volume of the aquarium only? so 430L. ?? or i should refer to the volume of the aquarium+sump?? around 500L.??
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You should account for volume of aquarium MINUS your rock and substrate!So a 110 g (aprox) will only hold 80-90 gallons of water.Possibly some would count the sump,but I would not for the fish as they will have no gain from it.When figuring your trace supplements you will need to count the sump into your math of total gallons/litres.
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Thank you so much for your help,I am doing as many research as possible,to begin correctly

Because the aquarium will be in my bedroom,do you think the skimmer,overflow and all the filtration system will make so many noise?It will make some noise that's sure.. but will it be enough to disturb sleeping?(i will tell to the builder of my aquarium that i want to put it in my bedroom,so he will build the less noise system possible.)

What do you think of surrounding all the sump chamber by Styrofoam? will it be worth it to decrease the noise?

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There will be some noise but there is some decently quiet equipment.I use submersible pumps and hang them or use a type of mesh to keep them from touching anything in filter and creating vibrations(noise).
You should be able to sleep through it with out problem.Most of my tanks are in rooms next my bedroom and I can hear them at night when all is quiet ,but it's not the end of the world.



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I hope you had a great week-end and having a great evening!
As the realization of the aquarium approaches i am thinking of the placement of the Live rocks,is it okay to place them like that? or should i cover all the back of my aquarium?



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maybe i will put some corals in the middle...
What do you think? I will welcome any other ideas

for the lighting,I checked on ebay that some HQI halogen costs : 20-30$,the one that i found near me is 100$.
Is a 30$ HQI has a good quality? is it a good idea to save money by buying them? or i should get the 100$ ones?
I mean for my freshwaterautolinker.com autolinking image aquarium,UV tubes, SERA UV tube costs 40$,i got some others at 10$ the second time,and i didn't notice any real change neither in the lighting colors nor the growth of the aquatic plants.

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Re: Recifal or FO?

I can see no problem with the rocks as you would like.
If the HQI halogen are 10K at least they should be fine.Make sure you know what temp(K{kelvin}) they are.Anything from 10-20 K is good for reef.The higher the K the more of a blue(not strong blue like actinics) you will see mixed in with crisp white.
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All bulbs look good!They HQI MH(metal halide),not halogen(this is what concerned me.)The one with multiple choices(#2,I think) would be great as you could get the higher temp ratings(14-20K).I use LEDS now but really liked my 14K MH I used.
Are you going to make your own fixture?If so make sure you add cooling fans to the unit as the lights will make some heat(an amount that may warm tank too much).Also mount/locate ballst as far from tank as possible(like in another room or basement if possible as they will definately generate a lot of heat.



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That's great! I will purchase 2 of them.
For the best coloring and growth of corals,what do you advice me to get? 2x14k? or is it possible to get let's say one 12k and the other 14?
Yes i will try do my own fixture,they must heat too much.. ok i will make sure to add fans
But luckily that I live in an area where we don't have hot days,so i think it will help a bit.

Corabandit,I was wondering my tank will be 120x60x60 as 432liters,they say 1w for 1w,isn't it too much,2 x 250w (HQI) + 2 x 39w t5? it will make a 578w in total.
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I wouldn't really count the [email protected] as they are actinic.5 watts per gallon is right upthere ,close to maximum,but you should be fine. I had two 250's on my 75G before the LEDS and my leds are brighter!
I'm sure if the ballast allowed you could go with two different temps,but it would probly be better looking to keep them the same(go 14K!).The bulbs will need to be replaced every year or two so if you desire a different look just order a different temp.I had replacements always on hand so as to not have issues if a bulb died and the time it took to order and receive new ones,so you could order 4 bulbs ,2 of one temp and 2 of another and see what you like best($$$).



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Deall so I will go for the 14k,but bad news :P the seller is out of stock for the 14k hqi hehe
I will check the two others,or i go for 13k? I prefer that you decide,since i don't know how a 14k or a 13k will look. lol
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Not a big difference between 13 and 14K.My leds are 12k and look fine to me.Anything 10K and up will do well for the corals and such.The reason you need stronger light in saltwaterautolinker.com autolinking image than freshautolinker.com autolinking image is because of all the salt.If you think about the salt being solid(like before you dissolve it in water) then you can realise that there will be a solid(light cutting)material in your water.Many don't think of the fact that salt is solid and although it is dissolved in water it is still there.Cutting(reducing) how deep the light can penatrate into the water to feed the corals.All corals keepers in the hobby get are from "tropical" places where they receive 12hrs of sunlight a day everyday(weather pending) so marine aquariums are not like lakes in northern or extreme southern areas.
They get good "strong " light and our tanks need that also.



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