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    hey everyone!!!

    i want to start a 30 gallon tank. i haven't started it yet because of money, but pretty soon ill be able to. i was wondering what type of lighting does a tank need that is going to hold soft corals, maybe some lps too? Also how do i start to cycle the water?

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    You should be OK with power compact lights for softies and some LPS. If you'd like like a little more flexibility, go with T5s and you'll be able to keep a much wider variety of corals.

    Typically the tank will cycle itself, but if you'd like to help it along, you can toss a few pinches of fish food or a raw shrimp in the tank (if you use the shrimp, either use a small piece, or pull what's left of the shrimp out of the tank after 3 days or so. Either method should help kick off your cycle. Whatever you do, do NOT use a fish or any other living thing to cycle your tank.
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    I would go with T5's.

    As to cycling, set the system up with sand (if you are using it), liverock, and your filtration and simply let it run for 1-2 months. By the end of that time, there should be no detectable ammonia or nitrite, If so, you can add 1 or 2 small fish per month for a total of about 6, if they are small and will stay that way.

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    Hi Yellowgoby and to TR. You are wise to do your research now!
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    thanks everyone....
    ....do u guys know were i can get a pc or a t5 light for cheap?...about how many watts do i need for a 30 gal tank?.....also can u give me the steps to starting an aquarium...do i just add the rocks, filter,and sand and let it run for a month?...thanks in advance...and is a protein skimmer really neccesary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowgoby View Post
    thanks everyone....
    ....do u guys know were i can get a pc or a t5 light for cheap?...about how many watts do i need for a 30 gal tank?.....also can u give me the steps to starting an aquarium...do i just add the rocks, filter,and sand and let it run for a month?...thanks in advance...and is a protein skimmer really neccesary?
    For T5's I would go with 4 bulbs or more(If you can fit more go with more bulbs) with individual reflectors at least 35W or more.
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    To start your tank start out with aragonite sand. If you haven't bought it yet I recommend checking out TR sponsor The Cultured Reef. You don't need to buy live sand in a bag IMO. Put the sand in the bottom of your tank and cover it with a big plastic bag. Set a plate and a bowl on top the plastic. This setup helps prevent a sandstorm. Add your made up SW by pouring it into the bowl until the tank is about 2/3 or the way full. Remove the plastic, etc and add your rock. You can use all LR or to save money you can use base rock with just a couple lbs of LR to seed it. I suggest setting the rock on PVC stands to help prevent dead spots. Once the rock is in place finish topping up the tank.

    To kick start the cycle add a raw cocktail shrimp or big pinch of food. Monitor for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Do not add any critters until your ammonia and nitrite are stable at zero.

    Here is a great explanation of the cycle. The Building of a Reef (tank)
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    wat do u mean by setting the rock on a pvc pipe to prevent dead spots?....

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