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Thanks a lot for these precious information.. I will go for the 13k
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Hello again! hehe
coralbandit,what do you think of these? getting 2 of them,instead of the 2 hqi?
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Re: Recifal or FO?

They look good.Reasonably priced and meet the criteria for leds.I have seen them but don't know about them.I would give them a try.You're going to save a lot of $ on electricity and avoid the overheating issues.Not mention the savings $ on ballast and fans and all the labor of any DIY project.



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Deal! 2 are enough for my case,true?
according to the description Aquarium Reef LED Lamp 30W 12000K White (250W Metal Halide alternative Light) so each one count like a 250W HQI.
I hope they will be as good as hoped,will keep you posted about my experience with them once i receive and use them.
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2 should be ample.Definately let us all know what you think of them as they are very well priced for leds which scares most away from buying them.



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Good evening!
Today I begun by cleaning the table where the aquarium will be placed.
First i will rub it and then i will paint it against rust,and finally i will paint it black.
For the floor below the aquarium,this is where the sump will be placed.I will close all the open areas with wood,and I am thinking to glue,a styrofoam layer inside each piece of wood,to hope to isolate the sound of the sump a bit..



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Hello
Today i went to the pet store,the aquarium builder came back,and my aquarium should be ready,middle next week. :D
He will offer me with the price he gave me: 30kg of live rocks,is it enough?(aqua dimensions: 120x60x60) (I don't think so)

As you told me,he said that HQI will make a lot of heat.. he adviced me to go or to LED or to T5 lighting.Led,i think it is too expensive for me..
If I go to T5 tubes.How many should i have,let's say I only want to keep soft corals.
(In saltwaterautolinker.com autolinking image aquarium,I am always amazed by the shadow of the water moving in the bottom of the aquarium.Will it be present with all light types? T5 specially?)

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You could easily go as high as 7-8 watts per gallon.If you choose T5 make sure they are HO(High output),and you get some actinics.
30 kg is aprox 2/3 of what you should go with unless the rock is very light wieght,I think.



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Good evening!!
mmm.. Yes I see..
I made some calculation,if i have to change the tubes each year,it is cheaper for me in all the ways to buy a led ramp.
I am talking about this one i found it in my pet store for 500$.
It is a 16000K. Maxspect Razor R420R LED

Maxspect Razor R420R LED Light Fixture

According to the brochure : it is a 160w and it covers 400w in metal halide. (if we count 1w/1L. I think it should be fine.)
The only thing is that it is 70cm,according to him it will be a good one for my aquarium. But i better ask your opinion,a professional opinion.
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The maxspect razors are pretty good lights.The only problem may be its legnth.Possibly you go with it and see if it is enough light,and if more is needed a second one could be added.They would overlapp each other a little,but that's not really an issue.With one one you may have enough "spread" to completely light the sides of your tank.
I've had pretty good luck with theses in fusion(50/50) ,diamond white,and super blue.The lights are awesome,but I have had a few transformers fail(I have alot of these).As you mentioned about the flourescents if you really count the cost of replacing bulbs every year even the blown transformers cost less.



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Re: Recifal or FO?

Thanks a lot for your answer! I will go for it.
For budget purposes..Can I keep the aquarium without lights in the cycling process??? I mean,when i fill it and put the live rocks,should I light the tank? or can I keep it without lighting?(according to some researches it is possible)

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Re: Recifal or FO?

You don't need the light to cycle,but it will help the rock if it is live (live rock) or also will bring on the diatoms(brown algae which will show up and then die within a month or so) before you plan on stocking.



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mmm... the aquarium won't be in a dark room,do you think the daylight would be enough?
I don't want to face problem because of it.Like having brown algae in the future..

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Re: Recifal or FO?

Hard to say? If the tank gets some sunlight that may work for now and may be a problem in the future?



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mmm..I don't know if I got what you mean.
But the aquarium won't be exposed to direct sunlight,just daylight in a room that contains 2 windows and a balcony.

The aquarium will be finished on Thursday!!! :D
we dealed on a reef octopus skimmer,because of the highly priced deltec skimmer.. according to the net it is a good and silent skimmer,hopefully! I will get the reef octopus DW 200 protein skimmer.


I will make sure to buy all the essential tests to begin,no2,ph,do you have an idea of what are the left tests that are essential to have???

I didn't decide yet if i am going to cycle the aquarium with,or without the light :/
I hope you are having a good week's beginning!
Thank you so much!
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The basic test for a reef tank are; ammonia ,nitrite(only useful during cycling hopefully),NitrAte,pH,kH,phosphates and calcium.Some will test for magnesium also.
The list of other things to be tested could be large but most are not common;iodine,strontium,molybenium,iron.
The kH,calcium are very important along with the nitrate and pH for average reef keepers.



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Re: Recifal or FO?

Thank you! i will get them all !
My aquarium should be ready tomorrow..
just to sum up is that all i need for the moment for the aquarium and the sump?
live rocks
skimmer
return pump
coral sand
lighting system.

Do I need a phosphate remover since the beginning?? what about the wave maker?

Thanks a lot!! :D
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Re: Recifal or FO?

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Water Parameter: Alk-8:PH-8.2:Cal420:Phosphate.05:Temp77:Nitrates-20:Mag1250:SG1.025

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Hello
Thank you for your reply!

I have one more question,if possible..
for the return pump,I tried to google a bit to know the dimension of the return pump for my reef,but i couldn't find any rule..
My aquarium will be a 468L. with a 162L. sump.

Do you know anything about atman return pump?very noisy?(my reef will be placed in my bedroom.

Thanks a lot!!
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When concern about noise is an issue I would go with a submerged pump.I use mag drives(danner) and RM is big on quiet ones.
Looking for 4000L per hour at least.



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