Update: i added the mini-heat but i'm still getting some crazy temp variations even with it in there. it's making me re-think getting a "constant on" heater like stef suggested above.
for example, i'm getting variations of 71F (6AM) -> 82F (9AM) -> 75F (11AM, with the fan on) -> 78F (afternoon, fan off) -> 75F (late afternoon, fan off).
i don't think the mini-heat is able to compensate and maintain temps. *head-smash*
*sigh* looks like i'll be getting a larger HOB and a tune-able heater afterall. i'd rather it fight it out with the fan than fluctuate all over the place like it's been doing. it's probably worst than i depicted above too because that was only on cloudy/rainy days here (last two days).
all the following are without color correction. i wanted to show actual color and intensity for the time of day (late afternoon, 4PMish), season (early autumn), and weather condition (rainy/cloudy).
overall shot on a rainy day (about 4PM lighting)
closeup of the above (without the paper towel background
), even with the cloudy/rainy day condition the lighting's sufficient to cast shadow and easily elicit coral response.
Side view, just a different angle. but you can see it looks
dark in the overall shot but i think the lighting's still pretty bright on an overcast day.
new addition, this shot was actually partially shadowed as i'm taking the pic from the front and blocking some of the light. the brightness of the top shows the difference in lighting.
(this pic i did alter a bit color-wise but more to back off the glare, the zoo actually lost some color in the shopping, i think)
i added more baby ceriths, a couple more asterinas, a baby blue shroom, palys, carbon filtration and increased my Poly-Filter changes. i've been too lazy still for waterchanges though.
but the pipe organ finally re-opened. whew!
i'll be placing an order for a backup HOB, adjustable heater, etc. hopefully, i'll have it in-place by next week for pics.
reminder: pics are really only accessible on weekend daytime lighting. sorry, that's why i pretty much only update weekly and primarily on the weekends. thanks for reading though!