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    I shut these units down approx 6 months ago and had the T5's running over the reef tank and was getting decent growth on my SPS and softies. I had ATI t5's bulbs running then.
     
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    You can only try and see what happens. I really envy the length and width of your tank. Soooo much planting space :)
     
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    thanks, now the plants.
     
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    Nice setup there! Don't go shopping for new lights just yet! My water is around 620mm deep and I've never had a problem growing a carpet. I've grown HC, DHG, glosso, MC and now busy with a ug carpet. I am using DIY LEDs though, but T5s with reflectors should deffo do the job with no problems.
     
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    mine is 70mm high and the T5s 30mm above that, no probs with plants, actually there is problem .. too much growth
     
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    Welcome to APSA bud! Nice setup! Can't wait to see the fw version of it!
     
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    Thanks. I need some advice on water chemistry, I currently have a 200 gallon per day RO unit i used for the reef tank water changes etc, do I have to stay with this method or can i run "tap water" via the carbon filter ?
     
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    Awesome tank bud.
     
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    Joh that reef tank looks awesome
     
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    Hi and welcome!

    Dude that marine tank is epic, but I'm glad you are venturing to the, as you marine guys call it "bath water" side

    With those dimensions on that tank, your options are unlimited, plant wise and depth perspective wise. But will be slightly difficult to scape since three sides are viewable. Have faith in you though!

    I don't know about using RO in a planted tank, especially if you going to be using CO2. You might get a pH crash. Also, what I've noticed is that, tap water has quite a lot of nutrients in it for the plants, so maybe just declor it and use.

    I personally use pfs in my 1.2 X 0.6 X 0.35 high tank. Used a total of around 100kgs of it, so I don't think 120kg for your tank is enough. Your substrate should slope towards the glass, to create the depth, so you will have quite deep areas. I also would recommend getting some osmocote to add to the bottom layer of substrate, will help with the heavy root feeders.

    What type of scape you planning? With driftwood or rock hardscape or both?

    Think this tank will be epic! Lots of people here to help out if you need, just ask away
     
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    Thanks Chongkie, Yes I had one of mates over on Saturday to pic up my skimmer and that's what he said "Good luck with the bathwater" lol. I'm planning on scaping with lots of driftwood and a bit of rock to build a "terrace" but ill see how that idea goes. Where can i find osmocote though ? You right re the PFS, ive added it to the tank and I may need 50kg or so to get to a nice depth. Thanks
     
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    Welcome to APSA:)
     
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    Maybe start your build thread separate from this intro. And with lots of pics
     
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    Sloping substrate with a tank viewable from both sides? Going to have to do something creative here. Will be awesome!

    Don't bother with RO water in my opinion :)

    Plenty light! Tank looks really awesome... Just need a wooden cabinet around the bottom now! ^-^
     
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