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    Posted: December 21 2014 at 2:58pm

I've had my 75 gallon tank set up about 3 1/2 years now but havent done much with it. I'd like to upgrade things a bit and start out with some decent lights.  The tank is 4' by 18 inches, so hoping someone may have some lighting that would fit comfortably on a 4' tank that I can put some T 8's in or something to that degree as it is now I only have a couple older large lights I can't even find decent replacements for.

I may look for a few more fish such as Mandarin Goby or Clown trigger if those are out there and if anyone has some turbo snails at a decent price that would be great.  I'm not up on the soft coral scene just yet but if I can upgrade my lighting I may try some reasonably hearty types to start out and see how they do.  I just added some different types of Calerpa and some other macroalgae plants they are doing allright so far some of it is dying while other roots are expanding and new leaves are taking off. 

Any suggestions you may have or stuff you thing would do well in my tank please let me know and we can figure things out thanks

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On your lights, I would watch the boards.  Lights are always going up for sale as people get out of the hobby or change their tanks, etc.  You can get really good deals purchasing used lights that way.
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Originally posted by marlowrd123 marlowrd123 wrote:


I may look for a few more fish such as Mandarin Goby or Clown trigger if those are out there and if anyone has some turbo snails at a decent price that would be great. 


Those fish are like polar opposites.  Not that you can't mix them, but a very odd pairing to consider.  

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I still think that coral is easier to care for than fish if you have the right stuff. I think a good light setup is a good place to start.
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Originally posted by Corey Price Corey Price wrote:

I still think that coral is easier to care for than fish if you have the right stuff. I think a good light setup is a good place to start.

I agree!


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I'll keep an eye out for lighting for now
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I agree with everyone above. 
If some Caulerpa isn't doing so well, I believe you are right, it's not enough light.
It sounds like the current light fixture could be upgraded by using a high output ballast and some t8 lights. Come visit MarksReef Coral Farm in Murray and see what I did with a 4' shop light. I'll be happy to give you some beginning soft coral after the light is upgraded. I also have a used t5 light fixture that would work great over your 75/90 gal tank.

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Home depot sells retrofit T5 setups for a great price. T5's are brighter and more power efficient than their older counterparts (T8)

+1 to watching the boards. Light systems go up for great prices all the time. Patience pays off :)
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I've got to check out those t5 retrofit kits at HD. Thanks for the tip Pete. 
I typically use Workhorse ballasts. They run everything fluorescent: t5's, PC's, t8's, and t12's. 

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