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Discussion in 'General Reef Discussion' started by Mandarin_Jake, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. Mandarin_Jake

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    Even though I'm not back on the scene full swing, heres whats in the works.
    You may have seen in previous threads about a specific fish list...new tank in my office space, etc.
    All of thats a go, but with a few changes.
    Instead of a 120 fatboy I will be going with an all in one Redsea tank. After almost buying a reef ready 120, (literally moved it into my vehicle, before discovering some flaws) i was reminded of how big, heavy, and how much work it is to get a system like that up, running, and healthy. With still having young kids, busy work, and a lot of life going on, i believe a smaller system is whats best for me.
    Probably in the next 2-3 weeks i will be picking up this used Redsea Max 250 (66 gallons). Its in pristine condition, just needs some detailed cleaning.
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    For Coral the goal will be a mixed reef with a lot of montis for sps, euphyllia for LPS, and a few select soft corals.
    Fish would include:
    Leopard Wrasse, Starry Blenny, Starcki Damsel, Flame Angel, Neon Dottyback, Royal Gramma, Green Clown Goby, Pair of Clowns, Mandarins (maybe x3), and if I could find a small one, a Mimic Tang...sound like too much?

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    You're dead right. If you're looking at a tank as work, it wouldn't be worth it.
     
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    At this point, the 250 is in my basement, waiting for a hardcore vinegar soaking.
    This is my first official setup with T5 lighting being the light source (I've mainly used LED in past tanks). I'm planning on replacing with all new bulbs, but not sure which bulbs to go with? Im a fan of more whites than blue...any suggestions?
    Again, most of the corals will be montipora most likely, if that's worth taking into consideration...

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    I like the ATI bulbs blue specials for more of a whiter than blue. Blue plus are blue. A decent non blue saturated look would be two blue specials, one blue plus, one coral or purple ATI bulb. Look at BRS website, they have a decent selection for bulbs. Most folks run three blue plus and one aquablue special, but that is really, really blue.
     
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    I just bought most of the different ATI bulbs yesterday. I tried multiple configurations. The purple plus bulb also gives off enough white to not have a super blue color but also not too much white. I will be running (2) blue plus, (1) purple plus, (1) true actinic in the center for 10hrs with (1) purple plus and (1) coral plus on the outside 6hrs for a peak or daytime. If I had a 4bulb I would do (2) blue plus in the center and (1) purple plus (1) coral plus on the outside.
     
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    I run 4x Blue+, 3x Actinic, 1x Coral+, I really like the color blending and florecense. PAR is 120-180 on the sand, 300-400 at the top.
     
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    Yes..Coral plus I meant not Aqua blue special. It has the blue, white, and purple in it.
     
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    Thanks all for the input. That was really helpful. I found a person with 6 new bulbs at a discount with the following types that i think im going to give a try.
    3 x Blue Plus
    2 x Coral Plus
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    I used to run a 4 bulb T5 with 2 ATI Blue Plus, ATI Purple Plus, and ATI Actinic. It had a very nice balance when all bulbs where running with a slight bluish tint.
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    In the evening, the purple plus and actinic bulbs would run which provided a nice contrast.
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    I’d suggest you pick up a purple plus to swap out with that aqua blue. That combo puts out a really nice pop.
     
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    The tank has had a vinegar bath, scrubbed, and vacc'd out. I ended up having to get a replacement return pump and a different skimmer. The new bulbs were added, but it seems i need to replace a ballast at this point. Its been a little rough getting to this point, as none of the above things were issues when deciding to purchase the tank. Getting closer to up and running though.

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    I have an aquascape worked out at this point. The plan is to get it up and cycling over the summer with the idea of getting into things going into fall.
    I need to pick up some sand. I've used fiji pink over the years in multiple tanks but I don't really care for how the stuff vacuums. I'm planning on a shallower amount around 1.5" of sand total. I'm thinking about going with special grade this time around; I do have a pair of leopard Wrasses, is the special grade okay for them?

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    Perfect for them; it's what I have in the 32gal with my Ornate Leopard.
     
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    Thank you sir!

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    4 x Blue Plus
    2 x Aqua Blue Special
    1 x Actinic
    1 x Purple Plus

    After 5 pm:
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    I'm so bummed. I have 3 bags of special grade sand and I was going to take this weekend to get the tank moved to it's final home, get the aquascape in with sand, then wet and cycling. I even had a couple extra days off of work I could utilize. Instead I've spent days in between urgent care and the ER, found out I have a slipped disc in my back and cellulitis in my foot where I can barely walk. So much for tank plans, which now will set back my plans for a longer patient cycling process. Maybe I'll be able to add some new livestock to it by Christmas time.

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