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Select the area of the house where you want the tank to be
. Put the tank in a area of the housewhich isn't drafty, near a radiator, near a window, in direct sunlight, or near other sources of fluctuating temperatures, for example kitchen areas . Also avoid areas which can get overly hot or very cold. Don't put it in a very busy area, but make sure you can see it enough to enjoy it! Ads by Google 
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Buy the largest aquarium that will fit in your space, or the largest aquarium your budget willallow
. Larger aquariums provide a much more stable environment, because the water chemistrywill be easier to maintain over time.
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Choose between acrylic or glass
. Acrylic will scratch easily but is easier to drill and is muchlighter. You can buy a tank pre-drilled, or if you are handy do it yourself (using a diamond bit holesaw). Some fish shops and glass stores will also provide this service. A tank with an "internaloverflow" is a big plus. These are often sold as "reef ready". It is better to choose a tank that is nottoo deep(e.g. 24 to 30") so you can reach the bottom easily; a tank that is wider will provide a better depth of view for a more natural look as well as have better light penetration. A second smaller tank(a sump) is placed under the reef ready aquarium and will hold all the equipment out of sight. Asump is not a need per se, but it is nice to be able to hide equipment in as well as increasing theoverall water volume in your system.
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Choose your lighting
: Metal halide lamps provide the best lighting for most of the coralscommonly kept, other forms of lighting are also obtainable and offer varying degrees of success.250 watts bulbs will suit most common aquariums except for the deeper ones where 400 w bulbsprovide more light penetration.The color spectrum of the bulbs (expressed in color temperature inKelvins) is a matter of personal preference. Bulbs between 10,000 kelvin and 20,000 kelvin are themost popular, and the higher the kelvin rating the 'bluer' the color. Some claim coral growth isaffected by the color, but corals grow fast and successfully on either end of the 'spectrum'. Onehalide bulb for every 2-3 feet of tank length is usually recommended.

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