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  1. Craigjmiles

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    Hey! How are you guys! I'm not really a new member but set up an account in 2011:) then converted to fresh water and an now back on the saltwater train:)

    I have a 68 gallon tank, been set up for 2 months now. I am slowly stocking the tank bit by bit, reading and seeing what works. Like bicolour blenny and salarias goby don't work:)

    Sorry about the iPhone pic but thats the start of my tank:) image.jpeg

    Looking forward to observing, learning and sharing!
     
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  3. tekkengal

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    masahello

    Nice setup you got going :) Hope it continues to entertain you for many more years to come!
     
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    Hi and welcome back to MASA. Tank is looking good!!! Give us some specs on your system.
     
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    Very nice, welcome
     
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    Thanks man! Tank is a standard 4ft, with a 60liter sump, running a aqua medic blue 500 skimmer. Lights 1 dual odyssea and one quad, both running 1000k and 650k T5s. (Not actually sure what the best lights are) are there any threads about T5 lights?

    Livestock - banana wrasse, bicolour blenny, 2 firefish, six line wrasse, 2 clown fish and a jaw fish. With a diamond wrasse in a quarantine tank. CUC - 2 target snails, a cleaner shrimp, a few hermit craps, a very shy fire shrimp. Plus a number of common shrimp.

    Corals, not really sure of everything, but a boring clam, some zoas, xenia, kenya tree, ears, clove polyps, torch, and some star polyps.

    Slowly coming along!
     
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    very nice looking tank and welcome
     
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    Welcome. Great setup you have there...
     
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    Looks like a crocea ;)
    You also put it in the right place. Just monitor your calcium levels with it in, clams suck it up very quickly!
     
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    Yes there is a couple of threads regarding T5 lighting. I would suggest 10000k being the minimum white light for T5. You get a wide variety of T5 spectrum lighting from whites to acintics (which really let your coral colours pop). Check the sponsors sights what they are selling this can give you a good indication of what is available. Also look at some of the guys systems and maybe enquire by them what colour selection they are using.
     
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    Welcome to MASA!
    Those are some impressive sweeper tentacles, is it a torch coral?
     
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    Thanks:) it is a torch coral! Is that a good thing that they are so long?
     
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    Most likely nothing to worry about. They normally long when they feeding or fighting with something and can sting other corals, so just keep an eye on nearby tank mates.
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Very nice start to your tank, looking good. :)

    I would change those for 10k or Actinic tubes, I used 6500k T5's and boy did the algae flourish, lol.
     
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    Awesome, thanks for the advice! I'll look into that what brand do you recommend or are they all much of a muchness?
     
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    Not sure what brands are still available as I haven't bought T5's for a couple of years, good brands that I've used are KZ, ATI and Aquamedic. I can't even remember what brands are out there, lol. Reeftek are also available but I've never used those.
     
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    Giesmann is also a good brand. You also get dymax which is a bit cheaper.
     
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    +1 on ATI and Giesmann as @EFJ mentioned! :thumbup:
     
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