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    Lighting for 56gal DT

    Hello, I've been out of the hobby for several years and I am planning on starting a new tank in the next few months and lighting has changed a LOT since I've been active in the reef world. I have a 56g tank that I am going to use as a display tank, 30x18x24. I want to keep a mixed LPS/SPS tank...
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    Select-a-watt question with Phoenix bulbs

    I have a seldct-a-watt ballast that runs 150, 175, 250, or HQI. I'm using Phoenix 14k 250w DE bulbs, and I've been running my ballast at the 250w setting. This weekend however, another hobbyist told me I should be running them on the HQI setting since it is DE. Anyone using Phoenix 250w DE...
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    Is the a such thing as to big when it comes to refugiums

    Only the bottom. Unless otherwise noted, most 55's are totally fine to drill. I drilled my last tank which was a 75, and it was only tempered on the bottom. You can always check with a pair of polarized sunglasses and a laptop to be safe.
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    GHA or bryopsis

    Well, its pretty widespread. I took a sample into my lab at work and looked at it under a microscope, and I believe it is bryopsis based on some additional research that I did. In my tank (60g cube) it is only all live rocks and most on glass; it must have transferred from my old tank but I...
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    GHA or bryopsis

    Perhaps this is a better pic
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    GHA or bryopsis

    Well I'm not sure yet. The tank is rather new and my cuc is only a handful of ceriths
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    GHA or bryopsis

    I'm having a widespread algae breakout in my new tank and I want to get it under control before it takes over. Just wondering of what I'm seeing is GHA or bryopsis... it is literally everywhere... on the rocks and glass.
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    New Tank - Params odd

    Who really expects us to be mixing 220 gallons at a time... it's an outrageous assumption for the average hobbyist
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    New Tank - Params odd

    Only what I needed... it was the end of one bucket and the start or a new
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    New Tank - Params odd

    Just did a full test on my new reef tank (transfer from old tank) and getting some strange numbers. I used 100% new saltwater, tropic marin salt, and results were as followed. SG: 1.023 pH: 8.2 Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: <5 Mg: 1800 Ca: 340 dKH: 7.8 I know salinity is low, I must have just...
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    Help! with marineland corner flow

    Had I known I would run into these issues I would have done things differently. I custom drilled my last tank, a standard 75, and added a glass overflow and beananimal drain, it was awesome. But I'm gonna make this one work for now.
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    Help! with marineland corner flow

    what did you adjust you GPH down to (roughly)? I mean, I'm a bit under 400 gph now and hesitate to go much lower... all my sump will have is a skimmer but still, it seems to be awful low.
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    Are Tangs important in a Reef?

    Depends on the tang, but I wouldn't consider them to be part of cuc either way.
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    Skimmer Help

    Perhaps you could run an external/ recirculating skimmer?
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    Are Tangs important in a Reef?

    No, their contribution to algae control is minimal. Many don't eat any at all. And most tangs like 6' + tanks to be happy.
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