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  1. EFJ

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    Hi all my name is Eddie from Springs. I have been into tropical fish for most of my life and now want to try my hand at marine fish. I will be getting my tank this weekend and then the fun begins. Tank size is L1.6xW800xH1000.:thumbup:
     
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    Hi Eddie welcome to MASA, nice size tank you getting but the height may become a bit of an issue in the future.
     
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    WELCOME!!!!!
    Make sure you show us some photos once you have your new tank :) cos we love lots of photos :)
     
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    Why? I am new to this so any advice would be appreciated.
     
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    Why would the height be a problem in the future?
     
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    Hi and welcome

    What Alan means is that 1m high would really be a pain to work in. My tank is 70cm high and it is a pain to work in even with a three step ladder, I have to stand on my toes and stretch to get to the bottom..
     
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    More of a maintenance issue than any thing else.
     
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    hi eddie, welcome to masa and the wonderful road to a marine tank:)

    im with allan that a tank that is 1m deep will be difficult to work in, not only as if corals and things fall to the sand bed (happens often) but light penertration through a 1m body of water means that you will need heavey expensive MH lighting to be able to have the punch to get deep enough for corals to grow.

    I have seen a few tanks of 1m or over and they can look stunning, the depth giving one a great vollume of water and the fish have better swimming space, but these have all been with experioenced reefers who have overcome a myrid of difficulties to make the tanks look great.

    I would suggest a tank with water depth over the overflow of around 650 to be best:)
     
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    Yip that and what I forgot to mention is that you going to need strong and lots of light to penetrate that deep. Preferably Metal Halides.
     
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    Doesn't MH give off a lot of heat and wouldn't LED lighting also work?
     
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    I have never tried LED personally, so i dont know what the penetration is like and yes MH gives off obscene amounts of heat, hence alot of us have to run chillers and fans to keep the water cool.
     
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    How do you know how much lighting one has to use on a tank? Is there a specific formula to work it out?
     
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    welcome
     
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    Welcome to MASA EFJ - some reading for you below - starting a marine tank - this will help you understand the basics a bit better ;)
     
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    Welcome boet.. You are looking at 250w mh min for that depth. I would say 400w is better. YOu could just go Fish With Live Rock and then later on get a more shallow tank.. At the moment shallow tanks are all the rage :p
     
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    Agree with @Tremayn. He could also just put some corals right on top that way he wont need too intense lighting.;)
     
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    yes lol.. Good thinking.. ;)
     
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