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littleboyblue16

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hey everyone i am new to the fourm

let me tell you about me, i am 16 years old and live in Alberta Canada, i don't own a saltwater tank YET, i plann in 2 weeks to get a 77gal fishtank for saltwater, i know everything about fresh, and i am not always learning about the saltwater world i know alot right now i been learning for 6 months so far, but i was just woundering was at sps is?

anyways talk to you later

Matt
 

Doug1

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SPS is a hobbiest term for small polyped scleractinians, or hard skeleton branching , reef building corals, such acropora, monitora, etc
LPS are the large polyp corals like the Catalyphilea, the "Elegance" and the Euphylliads, "bubble, anchor, torch, hammer, candycane, etc
FWIW the terms have little or no scientific merit, its a hobby convenience
 
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littleboyblue16

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well thats easy, haha, i have not gone into learning much about corals or anything yet, i know alittle bit but not alot,

is their any really easy ones to take care of?
 

Cosmic

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Mushrooms, button polyps, and leathers are among the easiest of beginner's corals. Once you get your feet wet with those (and allow your tank to mature more) you will be able to start doing harder corals like the LPS, and then finally you can move into the most difficult to keep (most demanding anyways) SPS corals.

-HTH-
Cos
 

Montanarocknreefer

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Well Matt I would like to WELCOME you to PSAS!!

You are doing the right thing by taking it slow and reading and researching all you can.

Don't be afraid to ask questions as you begin your set-up and look forward to seeing your progress into this wonderful world of reef keeping! Johnny:)
 
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littleboyblue16

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all those corals you said Cosmic are just making me wanna do this more haha

Montanarockreefer: i know to take it slow, i am one of those mature teenagers that only come here once in a blue moon haha.


i have my first qestions, the fishtank i might be getting only has the lighting for freshwater tanks, i know i have to get better ones, but how much do you think it would cost to make myself?
 

mojoreef

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Hey MAtt welcome to the board. I have family in Calgary and in Lethbridge. Got to hate them flames though :D .You got some great old reefers helping you so far, so you are ahead of the curve already. On your lighting question there are alot of online vendors that sell retro kits for lighting. You can get VHO's/PC's and MH's pretty much at all of them. I would suggest checking out one of our sponsors first. In our main forums section we have the largest reef related Library o the net at your finger tips. Jump in there and read up. the articles are up to date and a very good way to learn quick.


Mike
 

Doug1

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Assuming that a 77g is similar to a standard 75 48L x18wx20H I would recommend looking at the 4x110 VHO lights, Anything form an Icecap 660 to some of the clones that are half the $. The E ballast will support 4 110 watt VHO or drive normal out put flo tubes at near vho levels. Heck if you get the right sockets they will even drive the power compact bulbs, but o0n larger tanks its hard to beat the versatility of VHO E ballast. the prices on setup are now competetive with cheap PC and the bulbs are more watts and last longer IME, it just makes a nice start for shrooms and softies, and you can add Metal Halide later as you get into clams and SPS
 

TDEVIL

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if you are a good DIYer then this link has helped me out a lot

http://www.kingvinnie.com/aquaria/diy/

hope this helps

TD
 

Alice

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Welcome!

Slow and easy definitely wins the race in this hobby; it takes more patience, and research, than FW.

Is this a brand new tank? If it's used and has been used previously for FW, you'll need to find out for sure if medication was used in the tank and what type of medication it was. Copper, which is a common ingredient used in FW (and SW) meds can adsorb to the glass of the tank and then leach out over time. That won't bother the SW fish in the tank but copper is death to inverts.

Alice
 
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littleboyblue16

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no theirs no copper, becuase i used another tank for sick animals, if they were sick they went in their
 
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