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Old 02-19-2005, 03:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the other side! I have a reef that I'm taking down and converting to a planted tank in my son's room. Perhaps we can work together on this?

I too have metal halide, calcium reactor, skimmer, chiller, sump, aquacontroller and extensive flow making mechanisms such as a closed loop on a powerful pump and a tunze stream. Actually even have a Wave2K.

Most of the above is not needed. However, as you mention, this does not equate to being easier than a reef. I find it to be a fine art that is learnt overtime. I will be setting up my son's this weekend inspite of not having the right plants in hand. I'll post my progress and why I do things to see if it helps you. Please ask any questions you may have.

Like in a reef, algae is always a threat in the beginning. This is what we watch out for.
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