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Bought a 55g tank with every intention of setting up a FW tank, did hours and hours of research, took my wife to the fish store, and she says "hmm, why don't we do saltwater, the fish are so much better"...  Well, here I am 2.5 months later with a successful FOWLR setup (currently figuring out lighting, then will consider corals, etc. in the next couple of months).

 

Current stock list:

 

3 turbo snails

4 astrea snails

3 cerith snails

1 margarita snail

 

2 peppermint shrimp

1 cleaner shrimp

 

3 blue/green chromis

2 black ice snowflake clowns

2 firefish

1 diamond goby

1 tomini tang

 

Future stock plans:

 

3 bengai cardinals

1 potter's angel

corals/anemones (probably avoiding SPS, at least for now)

 

 

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Good to see another Couvie! Sounds like your off to a good start! Any pics of your setup?

 

Lighting can be tricky, lots of options and opinions. If I were you, I'd go try and see tanks in action with different lighting and see what you like and what others are successful with.

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Welcome to the forum and yes you can get so many more cool things in saltwater. Most people will recommend you get LEDs but I'm still a T5 lover and love my ATI! :)

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Good to see another Couvie! Sounds like your off to a good start! Any pics of your setup?

Lighting can be tricky, lots of options and opinions. If I were you, I'd go try and see tanks in action with different lighting and see what you like and what others are successful with.

 

Of course I have tons of pictures, but here is 1 from somewhat recently.  Fish were somewhat skiddish and hiding.  The tang in particular seems to think that anything new (e.g. the camera) is out to hunt him down and murder him.  Obviously I am far from an aquascaping expert, but I really don't know how to re-do it at this point, especially with the goby that will dig around under whatever is there, and even then I don't know that I would do any better job doing it over...

 

I would love to go see some other tanks, but the only people that I know that have any are the LFS, and they are not the least biased people I know...

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Welcome to the forum and yes you can get so many more cool things in saltwater. Most people will recommend you get LEDs but I'm still a T5 lover and love my ATI! :)

 

I would certainly be willing to go T5, but they are almost as expensive, and I personally haven't seen many people that find them to be better than LED aside from SPS/Clams (and some people still think LED are better there too).  I am hoping to find some used lights to get started, and then look at upgrading later when I really know what I want, or when I get a bigger setup (I feel like I bought a boat here, always need a bigger one...)

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I would certainly be willing to go T5, but they are almost as expensive, and I personally haven't seen many people that find them to be better than LED aside from SPS/Clams (and some people still think LED are better there too). I am hoping to find some used lights to get started, and then look at upgrading later when I really know what I want, or when I get a bigger setup (I feel like I bought a boat here, always need a bigger one...)

It's just personal preference for me not a cost issue. I jiust prefer the color. I get good growth too and good color on my corals but in no way do I think I am saving money but for what I am spending already I figured I should get the look I like too. I have had LEDs and so far just haven't been impressed with the color even when I have adjusted it Of course there are many awesome tanks with LED lighting , I'm just an ATI fan.

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It's just personal preference for me not a cost issue. I jiust prefer the color. I get good growth too and good color on my corals but in no way do I think I am saving money but for what I am spending already I figured I should get the look I like too. I have had LEDs and so far just haven't been impressed with the color even when I have adjusted it Of course there are many awesome tanks with LED lighting , I'm just an ATI fan.

 

I guess I should see some examples in person...  Still seems hard to compare, as every setup is different, and it takes some time (it seems) to acclimate things to new lighting anyhow if you want to compare the same tank...

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I guess I should see some examples in person...  Still seems hard to compare, as every setup is different, and it takes some time (it seems) to acclimate things to new lighting anyhow if you want to compare the same tank...

 

It definitely helps to see other tanks to see what you like and then of course not all LEDs are equal either! :) We have a meeting coming up Jan 29 and you can see a really nice set up with LEDs

 

Here is the information:

 

http://www.pnwmas.org/topic/39515-january-2017-meeting-at-hollys/

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It definitely helps to see other tanks to see what you like and then of course not all LEDs are equal either! :) We have a meeting coming up Jan 29 and you can see a really nice set up with LEDs

 

Here is the information:

 

http://www.pnwmas.org/topic/39515-january-2017-meeting-at-hollys/

Unfortunately Sundays don't work for me, but I hope I can make it next time there is one on Saturday.

 

 

 

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Welcome. Always happy to see people from the same town. 

 

A couvie huh, Blue Z Reef? I kinda like that.

 

My preferred lighting is T5 with LED. I like LED only as well, because the flexibility and things you can do with them are exceptional.

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Welcome. Always happy to see people from the same town.

 

A couvie huh, Blue Z Reef? I kinda like that.

 

My preferred lighting is T5 with LED. I like LED only as well, because the flexibility and things you can do with them are exceptional.

I'd love to go with a hybrid setup, but I unfortunately do have to keep costs to a spouse approved level...

 

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Totally feel you there. If you go T5/MH make sure she doesnt see the electricity bill :)

 

My electricity bill just doubled due to my new tank. Oops.

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Totally feel you there. If you go T5/MH make sure she doesnt see the electricity bill :)

 

My electricity bill just doubled due to my new tank. Oops.

Yeah, I think I've ruled out MH for now, haha.

 

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Here is a pic from tonight, with the cardinals I added last night. A little cloudy/dirty since one of the new guys died and I had to move some rock to get to it.

 

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Welcome..when you're ready for some coral just give a yell.. I'm starting to have to thin out some of my softies my tank is being over run with leathers, and so as...Lol making it a pain in the butt to clean my sand

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Welcome..when you're ready for some coral just give a yell.. I'm starting to have to thin out some of my softies my tank is being over run with leathers, and so as...Lol making it a pain in the butt to clean my sand

 

Much appreciated.  I am actively looking for lights, but I tend to over-research everything, so who knows how long it will take me to pull the trigger...

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Well, I'm picking up some used ocean revives from a member here today. I figured it would cost less to try, and not hurt as much if I decide to try something else later. Excited to get into corals!

 

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Good choice! Lots of people here use them successfully and the vendor is local.

 

Are you running a sump? Skimmer?

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Good choice! Lots of people here use them successfully and the vendor is local.

 

Are you running a sump? Skimmer?

 

I know the fans go out on them (and he said one of the fans is out, actually), but I contacted OR, and they gave me prices on replacement parts (super reasonable, BTW).

 

I do not have a sump. My stand doesn't have room for one, and my tank is tempered.  Originally this was going to be a FW tank, so I hadn't planned for it.  I won't make that mistake again.

 

I do have a HOB Reef Octopus skimmer (BH-2000, should be oversized, supposedly), and it works great, with some tweaking.

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