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    I'm finally getting started on swapping my 55gal freshwater over to reef and want to y'alls opinions. I'm planning on trying to keep a few soft corals,LPS,and some of the easier SPS corals. As far as fish go,just planning on a
    1-bicolor blenny
    2-ocellaris clowns
    1-six line wrasse
    1 maybe 2 yellowhead jawfish
    1-serpent star
    Then of course a good cleaner crew.
    The system;
    nove extreme 48" 432 watt t-5 light
    2- emperor 400's
    2-magnum 350 canisters,,,,,mostly for water flow
    coralife superskimmer 220
    With a 5 to 6 inch sand bed and 50 to 60 lbs of live rock.

    Let me know what yall think .

    oh yeah,,,,gotta have a BTA also later on after its all up and running and stabilized.
     
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    You dont need a BTA clowns will host corals as well, you need more rock if the rock in your tank is live you can go out and buy base at a much cheaper rate and just let whats in there now seed it. I would go with at least 40 lbs more of rock, and your going to want at least two powerheads. Other than that sounds like it will be a killer setup.
     
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    Sounds good to me. I have those lights -- I like them. I second JellyMan's opinion, ditch the canister filters and replace them with powerheads. Even though I cleaned my Magnum every week, my nitrates dropped by 10 when I removed it altogether.
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Thanks jelly and bifferwine. I just like the BTAs,,my seba clown thats in my 30gal loves the one I got for her.
    I am going to run a couple of maxi-jet 1200's. Would 4 maxi-jets along with the emperors be to much flow?
    Would clams do alright under t-5s? The wife keeps bugging about a clam,but I want to make sure I got enough light for em,being as MH are not an option.
     
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    You have a 55-gallon right? 400+ watts of T5s in a 55 should be fine for clams. My LFS got rid of their halides completely about six months ago and only use T5s now. He keeps everything in the store under them and all the livestock, including clams and SPS, looks great. He swears by them and says that you can keep anything you want under T5s so long as you have enough light. I know some people will disagree, but my LFS proves it, they have tons of beautiful clams and have kept them long-term in dispaly tanks under T5s.
     
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    Thanks bifferwine,that will make my wife happy. She's always telling my I need more color
     
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    Yote your plan sounds good. Just take it slow and add one thing at a time equipment and animals and see as you go how it works out. Watch you bio load and test water parameters. Make sure you give the sytem a chance to catch up on the bio load between new additions corals as well as fish. good luck and keep us posted.
     
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    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

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    Finally got the last few fish outta the 55. Took all the gravel out,and the plants. going to wash it out good tomorrow .
    I forgot how much trouble taking one dawn can be.
     
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    Thats what club members are for yote....

    Let us know if you ever need help with anything.

    Brandon
     
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    Thanks Brandon,, I'll keep that in mind.
    I had plenty of help actually,,just the wrong kind of help from my 3 year old daughter,,lol.
    Got a 50lb bag of sand from lowes this morning,done the vinegar test on it. It fizzed so I washed it good and got it in the tank.
    Gonna start putting in the base rock about the middle of the week.
    The hardest part of this hobby is going slow.
     
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    The worst part about it due to the fact that no one wants to take the time to be patient enough for it to fully evolve into a well managed ecosystem it does take time but in the end is well worth it keep us posted on how it is going.
     
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    Finilly got the wife talked into ordering my lights,skimmer,heater,and powerheads.:bounce: Now just have on W-2s and rapid refund:frustrat:
     
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    Yay yote! Keep us updated on how it goes...
     
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    I feel your pain yote thats what Im waiting on to get my sump, lights, rock and overflow kit.
     
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    Sounds good. I have to agree on the canisters though other than that sounds good. Take it slow and easy. Also I have a 5 year old girl so I know how that is. LOL Good luck and keep us posted.
     
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    make sure that the t5 fixture has individual reflectors. The reflectors are what gives the t5 the ability to penetrate the water and remain energy efficient. If you haven't already ordered i'd look into a Tek lighting fixture from sunlight supply (prob the best T5 fixture on the market). also the coralife skimmer is pretty tricky to adjust but i've heard nothing but good things about it after you get it all tuned in. oh yea and if you get the canister filter just run carbon in it as it will trap gunk and increase nitrates.

    good luck with your tank.

    Andy
     
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    I'll check into the tek fixture.I already thought about the individual reflectors,I can get sone mirror polished stainless at work and roll it to make reflectors for each bulb so thats not a problem either.
    I had thought about running the canister just for some extra water flow and a place to run carbon and phos-ban. But will probably end up just hiding 3 or 4 maxi-jets. I trying to keep it to where the only things you can see in tha tank are the fish and corals
     
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    I would just be worried about the amount of space in between the bulbs will allow for the individual reflectors to be inserted in the way that you are thinking. Sunlight supply relfectors take up quite a bit of room so it will be less bulbs but more lumens per watt making it into the tank. I've already upgraded once so i've got about 300 extra dollars spent on my lighting that didn't need to be spent. just keep this in mind. i'd say that the SS tek 4bulb would be better to light your tank than the 8 bulb nova.
     
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    oh yea, you will probably save the extra money that you spend on the tek light vs the nova in about a year with the savings on your electric bill ;).
     
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    When I upgraded from a standard single-bulb flourescent strip light (when I had fish only) to the Nova T5s I did not see one bit of difference in my electric bill. In fact I was really surprised at how efficient they were (one of the reasons I picked T5s over M.H.).
     
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