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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-15-2008, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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good marine, reef tank forum?

Well im thinkin about settin up a reef tank for my parents. Whats a good forum for reef tanks? thanks
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Reef Central
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www.tfhmagazine.com, click on "forum"

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try and find a local club near you, some or most have forums up and running and are usually alot more helpful then the larger forum communities.

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There may be a local club in your area . .. where you can buy used equipment and liverock. By all means do your research first . .you can save a ton of money. I have had reef tanks for years ... I broke down a 200 gallon system and a lot of people got great bargains. (the system was gorgeous and very successful, but I had to make room for my elderly mother to move in .. )
Ask a bunch of questions before you buy a lot of useless equipment.

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i go to nano-reef.com
its a good site. got a lot of info for my 6gal reef there.
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ok, thanks a bunch guys i already bought a good book that has lots of good advice but the more advice and research i do the better off i will be!!! so thanks! I would prefer not to buy certain equipment used such as the tank and stand but other stuff most definitely! The tank is going to be a 29 gallon mini reef so im pretty excited!!
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which tank are you getting? just a standard all-glass, or do you have a company in mind?

if you make a thread, on nano-reef, pm me a link on here. that would actually give me a reason to do more on there then just ask questions, though i am by no means an expert (i will be into reefs 1 year this december).
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i do not really have a company in mind just a standard all glass 29 with a stand some live corals and some invertebrates and some fish as well. Two major questions i have are the filtration and lighting. Any suggestions here on how much light and what sort of filtration i would need? i was thinking a canister filter and compact flourescents?
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ditch the canister and get a protein skimmer (best u can afford) assuming u want to keep it pretty simple id suggest looking into the octopus (HOB) skimmers, the aquac remora, or c&c HOB.

compact flourecents well let u keep mainly softies and some LPS corals, but if i were u i'd go w/ T5's. compacts dont hold much of an advantage in reef tanks, and the bulbs are expensive.

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i was thinking of doing both a cannister filter and a HOB protein skimmer. Is that redundancy? Wouldn't i need almost 4 or so t5's to get the lightning up to a decent level?
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You generally don't use canister filters in SW tanks unless it's just for chemical filtration. You don't want traditional biological filtration b/c you don't want nitrate buildup, and the skimmer also removes the bulk of the organics. High-quality skimmer, lots of live rock, and tons of flow (usually powerheads do the best job for the $$)- that's what you're looking for.

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i was thinking of doing both a cannister filter and a HOB protein skimmer. Is that redundancy? Wouldn't i need almost 4 or so t5's to get the lightning up to a decent level?
4 bulbs w/ individual reflectors would be the lowest i'd go. besides that MH would be my second option if i cant find a fixture that would fit nicely over my tank.

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I am a moderator here, good people. Things have kind of slowed down this summer as they usually do. People are busy being outdoors.
Reefcentral and reefs.org are two of the biggest, and have been around the longest. There you will find people from all over the world to talk to. At reefcentral you should be able to find a forum in your area, most likely with a club that holds meetings. I know many, many other sites if those don't suit you. I am also a moderator at a local forum. http://www.seainthecity.com/smf/
If you have any questions I can help with, just shoot me a pm.
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