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About ConnorD42

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    Clemson, South Carolina
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    Racing, Reefing, SCUBA Diving
  1. The tank has been up for almost 9 months now and I haven't seen the parameters do anything crazy after the 1st or 2nd month. I'll have to look into it and see if I can find some low light options. Yeah that's what I've seen and heard. The more I look into my options I think I meant LPS and not SPS, it doesn't appear that there are many low light SPS corals but a few more LPS low light options.
  2. I do mean t5's, sorry! I should have specified. I popped in a coral plus yesterday actually and I'm waiting for the super blues to arrive in a few days. I only have a 2x24w fixture so I'm limited in the bulb combinations for now but I figured a coral plus and a super blue would work okay for at least softies for now. I talked to LFS yesterday and they said I MIGHT be able to get SPS to work at the top of the tank (20H still). My zoas, leather, and kenya tree seem to love it so far. I checked a couple other threads and I don't know why in the right spot it could work. I suppose it'll just take bucking up and experimenting one of these days to see if I can get one to grow mid to upper level of the tank. I've also seen some posts where people have gotten SPS (and maybe LPS if I remember right) to grow in lower lighting levels. It's just confusing. I feel like I'm learning a ton, it's just a lot.
  3. I hope I'm not too late to the party, but how do wavepoint blue wave/super blues compare to ati blue plus'? has anyone been able to make that comparison yet?? I can't seem to find anyone that's made a direct comparison yet, unless I haven't looked hard enough.
  4. Hey all, just a curiosity question, if anemones need similar lighting to that of sps corals, could they thrive off of just blue plus/super blues and actinic..? Or do they require a broader and/or more intense spectrum?? I know there's a lot more to it than that, just trying to learn all I can without experimenting haha. Thanks!
  5. Well not forever haha IF I did get one I wouldn't want to keep it there longer than a few days, and would already have a new setup up and running waiting for it was my idea. The more I thought about it though the more that just didn't make sense to me. But clown had a really valid point with not overdoing the bioload on the tank. Granted I was going to wait a while anyways to add anything besides restocking the cuc every once in a while (heck hermit crabs -_-) I'll have to look into the fang blenny, I've never heard of that one. Thanks tamberav!!
  6. The bioload is a valid concern for sure. I'll start saving up my pennies.
  7. Yeah I'm leaning on waiting to add a tang until I have a way bigger tank down the road the more I think about it.
  8. Hey guys, so I found myself thinking about later down the road with my tank, currently I have a 20H (college problems, I live on the third floor of my apartment. Can't really risk anything bigger/heavier) stocked with a pair of ocellaris clowns, and a watchman goby as well as the cuc. All I'm running is a marineland penguin 150 HOB and a few powerheads equaling roughly 450gph. With that being said, I need to make it very clear I am in no rush to add any fish to my tank. I'm not that guy lol. I would like to add another fish in the near future but I'm limited in my options obviously due to tank size. Ideally I would upgrade to a 40 or 50+ gallon tank with a sump within the next year or two once I'm out of my current lease. Having said that, is there a fish I might be able to add as that day gets closer that will be happy in 20 gallons with the clowns and goby until I can get my hands on a 40 or 50+ gallon tank? I was leaning towards a yellow tang or a royal gramma? I have been going through compatibility charts to try to figure it out. I just know for sure that I want a fish that will stay in the mid to upper portion of the water column. Any suggestions or thoughts?
  9. I've only been in the hobby a for about 8.5 months, but if you haven't yet tried the placing a piece of rock with coralline on it in front of you powerhead, that worked scary well for me and my tank more or less exploded with coralline algae over the course of probably 2-3 months. For the first 4-5 months I wasn't sure if I was doing something wrong or what, but that seemed to work really well for me haha now I don't know if there's any controlling it! (minus taking a razor to the glass, but you know what I mean)
  10. Yeah I found another two bulb fixture that I think I'm going to go with come my next paycheck then order some bulbs, I don't see any reason why it won't perform the same function as the fancy fixtures for a 5th of the cost..
  11. I'll shoot him a pm in a moment, I was just wondering about bulb life again, according to BRS (not that it's the end all answer) but the sunblaze t5 ho fixture is intended for horticulture use as well, so now I'm really wondering if the fixture in my link has the right ballasts, or even if I can find the right ballast and just swap them in, why it can't work.. as long as precautions are taken to make sure the fixture is not exposed to water I would think that there would be a way to get around the bulb life debate. It'll take some more research I guess haha.
  12. He looks good to me! He might not be 100% yet but he looks very healthy compared to what I had envisioned previously.
  13. a 20H, I understand that bulbs are like 20-25 a piece which is pretty expensive, but that's a good point if the ballast wears them out faster than it should! I can't find any information on the type of ballast within, so I guess my best option is to wait and pony up the extra money for an aquarium fixture
  14. I'll be on the lookout for one, thanks Steve!