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Old 01/08/2008, 09:54 PM
NCADAM NCADAM is offline
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Cool Lighting/What softie first???

Hi everybody,

2 things

1. I am adding a 240w t-5 system to my tank (65 gal =/-) is it going to be enough to kepp softies

2. Which softie, polyp, or schroom would be the best for a newbie


Old 01/08/2008, 11:32 PM
DanInSD DanInSD is offline
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240W T5 (8x54W?) is plenty for even some of the SPS. I have that over a 120 and it's fine. No problems there.

I would try green star polyps, mushrooms (pretty much any...), toadstool or spaghetti leather (except perhaps the Fiji yellow toadstool), and zoathids or palys as my "first tier". Of these, the mushrooms would like the least light and current; the leathers like high light and moderate to high current; and the others would be comfortable anywhere in that range.

My "second tier" would include things like xenia (very hit/miss -- some can't grow them, some can't kill them), kenya tree (likewise), yellow toadstool (needs more light/flow than other leathers), and perhaps some of the hardier LPS such as galaxea, frogspawn, anchor/hammer, etc.

Before adding any corals, make sure you can maintain your water parameters nice and stable for a few weeks. It's worth the time to get things good and solid from the get-go. Also, you'll see lots of advice regarding supplementation (iodine, strontium, "favorite mix o' the day"...). My mantra, and it's served me well, is "don't add anything you don't test for". Get good solid test kits (FasTest, Salifert, etc) and use them. Then supplement with something like a good two-part calcium-alkalinity solution, and establish a good (15-20% every other week) water change regimen using RO/DI water and high-quality salt.

Have fun,
Old 01/09/2008, 09:24 PM
NCADAM NCADAM is offline
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Thanks Dan,

However one quetion in your reply you showed a 8x54w (432 totalW) light on a 120gal but the one I will have is a 6x39 (234 TotalW) is that still OK for my 65gal for LPS and SPS. Also, all my parameters are in the suggested range as follows

Ph 8.2/.3
Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0
Trates 0
Kh 11-12
Sal 1.024

only one off is calcium hovering around 300 but no additives just yet since no corals but I do plan to add a reagent before I buy to get me in that 400 to 450 range.

Again Thanks For all Replys,

Old 01/10/2008, 12:02 PM
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Adam, I did a mental dyslexia (420 <> 240). Anyways, 6x39 should be fine on your 65 with softies and LPS.

I recommend getting all of your parameters nice and stable, and optimal, before adding any corals. So, dose now, test, and keep 'em in range. Your alkalinity is on the higher side, it may drop a bit as you increase calcium.


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