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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-14-2006, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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I have an 8ftx30x30 glass tank that I am looking to create a higher light planted side and a lower light side with some driftwood and stones. I was looking for opinions on how to set this up and if it is feasible.

A couple notes about the system:

Tank is reef ready
100g WD filter
2 175w MHs with Lumenarc reflectors

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-14-2006, 04:32 PM
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I think this is a terrific idea, and have been thinking about it for a while. It seems like it would lessen the stress on the owner with lots less trimming, etc. on the whole 8ft. Also, you can keep more light-sensitive fish (discus, rams?) and let them hang out in the dark 1/2!

With 2 halides, you have probably about 4 feet of high light area. So like you said, it's about 1/2 high light and 1/2 lower.

Do you plan on co2 injection? I think you should, with those lights they are intense. And if you do, the wet/dry filter will degass all the co2 so you will want to convert it to a sump only.

Your nutrient uptake will still be fast too, so you will need to keep an eye on fert levels. It just won't be AS fast as 8 feet of high light!!!!

If I were you, I might put the 2 halides in the center of the 8 feet. That way, you have lower light on either side and utilize any stray light rays that might have escaped the tank otherwise. ON the edges you could have open sand substrate with wood overhang, moss, anubias, maybe crypt/vallis background too. Sounds cool!

What's the intended fish population?
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I was thinking that lighting half the tank would be easier on maintenance and would create a couple different areas for a contrast and habitat for different fish. I have six clown loaches now in a 40g long tank and a couple bristlenose plecos. I also have some Rummynose Tetras.

I was hoping to add a large school of Rummynose Tetras and keep my loaches if they won't do too much damage to my plants? I would like to add some Killifish and a school of Rainbowfish if I can find one I really like. Not sure if this would work with Discus or not either.

The wet-dry is such a good filter, I would hate not to use it with the bioballs....the wet-dry holds about 25-30 gallons of bioballs.
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