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  1. joeman

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    Hey all im new here, I have a 200 litre tank that I got a week ago. So im new to this whole thing. Its about 900mm wide by 490 high and 500 deep. My pump, heater and filters are on the left hand side of the tank and not beneath it like most of the tanks. I have the T5 lighting with the 4 lights. I can only switch on all 4 or 1 blue and one white or 2 blue and 2 white. How long must I leave my lighting on as well as how high must it be from the water please
     
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    Welcome to the Forum Joeman.


    I have mine about 300mm above the water level, I think it is a safe height
     
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    And how long do you leave your lights on for? I see some of my coral close after switching the lights off? is that right?
     
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    Welcome to MASA, glad you joined us. I suggest you read the link in my signature on starting a marine tank - awesome info for beginners ;)
     
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    Thank you
     
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    With only 2 white T5's you can leave them on for say 8 hrs. And yes, corals will close after lights out. Some corals will extend their tentacles at night to feed - as this is what they do in the ocean.
     
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    I got the tank after the other person had it for a year. My filters are on the side so there is no sump or overflow. How long must I run it to get the water back to perfect? If i get a testing kit can I check it myself?
     
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    And i dont have a skimmer, and I dont think there is anywhere to put it on the side
     
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    Yes you can, get ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, kH, pH and calcium - buy a good well known brand like Elos, Salifert, DD

    You get hang on skimmers - Reef Octopus makes them as well. Check out the sponsor forums and see which sponsor is the closest to you, give them a shout and get some prices.
     
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    Thank you, do you know of anybody that comes out to give some good decent advise after looking at my tank?
     
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    Welcome welcome
     
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    Hi and welcome to MASA, a pic of the system would really help
     
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