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This set up seem ok?

Post by Jack on Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:44 am

I am going to be setting up an aquarium in the next few months, its a 30 gallon (36" long 13" tall 13" wide) with a 15 gallon fuge. My brother who adopted my old(first Very Happy ) SW aquarium will be leaving for a while to work abroad so i agreed to take by my old tank before he does. its a 2 year old system, with 35-40 lbs of LR and 45lbs of livesand. all the ls from my old tank will be going into the fuge and i will get oolite sand for my main tank

The tank it currently running 2 T5-HO and i was thinking of putting 3 (39w) T5s on my main tank and putting one (24w) on my fuge (it will also have a T8 that i found lying around cheers ) would this be enough to get good macroalgae growth in my sump and keep coral (zoas, palys, softies, maybe a frogspawn or some lps) happy in my main tank? what about a BTA or long tentacle anemone

On the main tank I was planning on using two 10k daylight bulbs and one reef actinic (i think its 420nm which it says will maximize photosynthesis but would it still bring out all the colors that a 460nm would? or do i have that backwards? lol! )

it also has a fluval 405 canister filter, sea clone 100 skimmer, and a HOB. I plan on using the can for nothing but water movement until i can get a decent pump to go between the two tanks.

this all seem ok?
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Post by Cookieman888 on Tue Mar 17, 2009 8:22 pm

I grow chaeto in my sump with far less light. As a matter of fact at one time I was using a standard household 40w light bulb. The 3 T5s will be fine for the corals you outlines above. You are probably a little short on light for a BTA or the anenome.
Not a big fan of the seaclone. If you have it already...why not, if you still have to buy it I would suggest spending that seaclone money on salt and uping the water change frequency.
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Post by Colossus on Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:09 pm

Yup I agree with Cookieman, I had a Seaclone and did squat...
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Post by Jack on Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:50 pm

ya the sea clone was my brother's purchase, i know its a piece of crap it dumps micro bubbles into the tank too.... but with my current budget its better then nothing

what about 420nm vs 460nm actinic lights?
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Post by Cookieman888 on Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:32 pm

Jack wrote:ya the sea clone was my brother's purchase, i know its a piece of crap it dumps micro bubbles into the tank too.... but with my current budget its better then nothing

what about 420nm vs 460nm actinic lights?

There is endless reading to be done on that very subject. Google 420 vs 460 and you'll see! You say "potato" I say "pototo" seems to be the pattern among reefers with a slight preference toward the 420nm peak bulbs. I myself stick with the 420 for no good reason. I haven't experimented at all.
I think for the purposes of those that just want to have a decent reef tank and are not trying to accomplish a very specific goal it doesn't much matter which wave length you go with.
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Post by Jack on Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:59 am

alright after some research i found that 420nm is the one most people use to make their corals "glow", so ill be getting a 420nm

thanks for all the inputs
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Post by Jack on Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:23 pm

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Post by Cookieman888 on Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:47 pm

I would stay away from the mid-days for your display tank. I personally like lights in the 10-15k range supplimented with actinics. I find anything less than 10K makes the water a little yellow for my personal taste.
I really like the Giesemann bulbs.
Your fuge won't require any special lighting. I've actually run standard household compact florescents with success.
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Post by Jack on Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:18 pm

good to know i really hate the yellow tinge too, the fuge is going to be right beside my main tank so it to will be in plain site plus i will be keeping a mantis shrimp in there and i want him to look good king

so that being the case ill go with URI 10k daylight
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