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  1. costa

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    Hi there! :wave2:

    I have setup a new 250l marine tank a week ago.

    Could someone please give me an indication of the minimum requirements, in terms of lighting, if I wish to stock hard and soft corals?

    How long does the cycling process take on average?

    Cheers,
    Costa.
     
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  3. Norries

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    Welcome to MASA Costa. Nice size tank for start up. You've come to the right place for information. Lighting requirements will change in relation to what you intend on keeping in your tank. Hard or Soft Corals as well as fish have different lighting needs.

    First identify which species you would like to keep that will give they guys here a better idea of what to advise. For a Fish Only tank 4 t5 flourescent should be sufficient.
     
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    Welcome to MASA

    Give layout of your setup sofar.
     
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  8. FransSny

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    Welcome Costa,

    at this stage I wouldnt be too concerned yet wrt lighting, adding LS etc. Firts get your cycle going, also very difficult for the guys to give advice / input with little info. Please tell us where you are now in your setup, eventual plans etc.

    Also remember...no post is 100 % complete without pics.;)
     
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    hello costa:) welcome to MASA, its great to have you here :)

    thats a nice sized tank to start off with, but why not tell us a little on HOW you started. what did you do so far?
    for example did you use RO water and salt mixed? whats the SG that you started with?
    what about equipment, do you have a skimmer or any internal pumps for additional flow?
    What about LR? do you have any in the tank at the mo, and if so how much and where did you get it from?
    What about substrate, and in the tank, and any chance of a pic?
    Do you have bio balls and ceramic rings in there at all?

    if you can give us indications to the above questions I am sure masa will be able to help you lots through the beginnings of your cycle. As to lights, wait a little and lets make sure that you get the basics right first. A good read on lighting is the lighting forum on masa, for what its worth i think you would do fine with just t5's (around 6 or so depending on the wattage output you have) for most softies and or LPS.

    welcome to masa and happy postings:)
     
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    Welcome to MASA...costa
     
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    Welcome Costa. Just start properly and be patient and it will all pay off in the long run.
     
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    Welcome to MASA

    How long does the cycling process take on average? At the minimum 4 weeks but be prepared to wait up to 6 weeks, and test the water to see when cycling is complete!

    But you will have to give more info for advice,and do you have LR in the tank? It will help start the process!

    Do you have skimmer?
     
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    Hi Costa, welcome to MASA - glad you joined! Where are you from?

    Please read the link in my signature for some great beginner info on how to start a marine tank - it tells you about the cycle, lights, etc, etc ;)
    Tell us what you already have and even better - post pics.

    The reason a cycle needs to finnish first is because ammonia and nitrites is toxic to fish and will kill them - we need to wait until this is fully converted to nitrates and then to nitrogen which is harmless. OK, I'll stop here for now - go read the link :)

    Don't want you to info overload :p

    I see your name fits nicely with the hobby:

    Marines costa lot!!!! :lol:
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys! :wave2:

    My tank setup at the moment is as follows:
    1) I have loaned a light setup consisting of 2 x 39W T5 & 1 x 150W Halide.
    2) A return pump with a rating of 2200l/h
    3) A TS1 protein skimmer
    4) A power head in the tank for circulation.
    5) +/- 5kg live rock.
    6) A lot of crushed coral.

    At this stage I'm not a 100% sure about the fish I want to stock..I thought about
    yellow tangs,perhaps a small angel or 2, a goby & a few corals.

    I am not too sure that the lights I have now are going to be sufficient!
    Do I Keep the halide on all day??

    My friend has another light setup that he can loan me but I am afraid that it
    might be too big for my tank. It might also be too strong...
    2 x 54W T5 ; 2 x 150w Halides!
    Is this too bright & how far above the water surface can I mount it (if I can use it?)?

    Last question: I need an affordable, but reliable, test kit. Any advice?

    Thanks guys ....I appreciate all the help I can get!
     
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    Welcome!

    What is the size of the tank?
     
  21. costa

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    Advice needed about new tank!

    Thanks for the advice guys! :wave2:

    My tank setup at the moment is as follows:
    1) I have loaned a light setup consisting of 2 x 39W T5 & 1 x 150W Halide.
    2) A return pump with a rating of 2200l/h
    3) A TS1 protein skimmer
    4) A power head in the tank for circulation.
    5) +/- 5kg live rock.
    6) A lot of crushed coral.

    At this stage I'm not a 100% sure about the fish I want to stock..I thought about
    yellow tangs,perhaps a small angel or 2, a goby & a few corals.

    I am not too sure that the lights I have now are going to be sufficient!
    Do I Keep the halide on all day??

    My friend has another light setup that he can loan me but I am afraid that it
    might be too big for my tank. It might also be too strong...
    2 x 54W T5 ; 2 x 150w Halides!
    Is this too bright & how far above the water surface can I mount it (if I can use it?)?

    Last question: I need an affordable, but reliable, test kit. Any advice?

    Thanks guys ....I appreciate all the help I can get!
     
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