best coral for shallowish 210 liter cube

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  1. Johan van Aardt

    Johan van Aardt I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    hi guys

    so looking at my one tank ive been slacking on finishing i was thinking, what would be the best corals for this tank?

    it is 700long * 600wide * 500 high

    first i wanted to go full sps with some LPS on the sand but ive been a bit slack in the desighn of how to do the hectic filtration for a full blown sps tank running ULNS so looking at it today i was thinking of doing the full tank LPS instead with a few plating montis.

    so i would like all you guys imput.

    BTW softies are out of the question because they are for my other tank.

    i would also like to explain this first.....

    I love the sps look but i worked out the cost of the setup, filtration, flow etc and figured it will be just too much money especially for someone like me that just started working.

    I was hoping going LPS will allow me to save somewhat on the setup and give me a bit more freedom to lack on husbandry when i dont have time.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi Johan! If it was me, I would go the SPS route. If you dont want to run the full Zeo method, run a large skimmer with lots of LR for biological filtration and maybe some Chaeto as well.
     
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    DIY cal and ALK and MG for ur suppliments and well
     
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    Johan van Aardt Thread Starter I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    you okes with your sps. . . . .i do like sps, but i like lps also so this is a dificoult choice. . . .
     
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    LPS is for noobs. Go SPS or go home :razz: :lol:
     
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    bwahahahahaha :lol::lol:
     
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    ok so lets take this into perspective without thinking about all you sps junkies, you lot are like addicts eiter sps or nothing.

    look i really like sps but damn its alot of work, so how about lps and sps? best of both worlds. reason is that getting a good filtration setup costs lots of money and thats something i dont really have hence the tank is not setup yet.

    without being biased what would you say is the best for me and my tank
     
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    Firstly what skimmer you plan on running?
     
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    well the setup all in all is about 310 liters i was planning on something for a 1000liter system. was thinking of one of the space saver cone skimmers as being a cube space in the sump is limited.
     
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    That is the perfect skimmer for SPS. T5's or MH over the tank and you sorted.
     
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    I successfully kept a LNS for about 2 years without a skimmer at all. It's more about stocking levels than anything else. My supplements cost next to nothing. The only cost is really the electricity. With the setup that you have now, you'll be able to have a nice mixed reef. You can keep some sps near the top of the tank in a high flow area, and your lps and softies a little lower.

    You'll be surprised how tough sps can be. Stability is the key word.
     
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    Johan van Aardt Thread Starter I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    how about LED's????
     
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    My response to this excuse of a thread is, first finish the tank then we can talk.:p
     
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    Johan van Aardt Thread Starter I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    i need to know what im heading to and what im aiming at before i even start finishing the tank.
     
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    Finish the tank !!!!!!!!!!BTW which unfinished tank is this, teh one with the moerse overflow pipe or the one with the awsome cabinet?
     
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    Johan van Aardt Thread Starter I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    hmmmmm its one with the moerse overflow pipe.
     
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    know the feeling Johan:p

    Got the same problem, my dad's new tank is 100cmL x 70cmW x 65cmH (water level)
    Also want to stock LPS and Monti plates (if I can keep the damn Monti's alive)

    So taging along
     
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    Johan van Aardt Thread Starter I love marines [R.I.P.]

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    you struggling with the monti plates?
     
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    yes :( my first one died after receiving it it only lasted 4 days, don't know why, did a 80% water change with red sea salt mix a week in advance, this tank was running 3 month all ready, then tested my water for phos and it was high like F***** high, received the test kit with the monti it's salifert Phosphate test. even fitted T5 10,000K x2 and 2xAntics and the tank is 50cm deep.
    So my next 2 that are coming I hope survive
     
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