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Ive been thru andrews thread its awesome
its the reason why i did this tank it was gona be a fw cherry shrimp tank

1 of the reasons i havent done anything with the flow is that my corals seem happy
obviously if they start looking sad ill have to do it

as for the lighting im sure they will fade ive got sum gu10 3w blues and whites i can use

are there any better pumps i can swap with the stock pump?
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Just upped my blue lighting added an extra 3w led
The corals really openned up under it
can corals live under a more blue light?

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Yes they can. Especially if it is led . You get good par from the three watt leds

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Cheers for your quick answer
ill leave it there for now as my zoas look awesome under it
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doesnt really do it justice there a lot more blue and yellow

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Looks good. You are not planning to only use blue lights though right?

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The two robot lights are still on there which add up 3.4w
so its virtually equal
i was makimg a gu10 fixture for this tank but its on hold for now
as the light didnt look right and the two colors didnt mix
looked a bit like a disco :)
I had 2 3w cool whites, 2 3w blue and 1 3w rgb with remote
I may finish it at sum point lol ive started stripping the bulbs down
and taken the lenses out and ill attach the led boards to a heatsink
wen i get time/money
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YeAh lenses are not needed on a tank this size

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2 toothbrushes
2 plastic clothes hangers
And superglue =








My new ghetto pico cleaning set lol :P :D
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Ive got a small colony of gsp aprox 2 inches square
thats been looking sad for a couple of days
and after seeing a lot of pods on it decided to give it a fw dip

well 30 seconds later
6 white slugs
10 amphipods
2 bristleworms
2 small mantis shrimp

wow :o

bit gutted i spotted the tiny mantis shrimps late
Would have saved them
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2 more slugs and a bristle worm met there end
The corals been back in the tank for a while now and the pests are still coming out
good job for the xtra long tweezers
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White slugs?Intrested in a photo.

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They been disposed of sorry
but im sure more will show up

there white 3/8 of an inch long 1/8 wide
at the front on top of the heaf theres 2 short stubby antenne with frills on the ends
hope this rather rubbish discription helps :P
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They might be stomella snails
or
Zoa eating numbibranch

Id look into those names on google images

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Will do
cheers :D
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Well they wernt zoa eating nudibranch
the stomatella snails look close but the ones i had had no shells at all :huh:
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Week 13 update


Nitrite 0ppm
ammonia 0ppm
nitrate 0ppm
Ph 8.0
Calcium 450ppm
phosphate 0.15ppm
kh 10
Salinity 1.026
Temp 25
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Im pondering about my diy led fixture im going to do

after stripping down some gu10 fittings i have

6 1w cool white leds 9000k approx
6 1w royal blue leds

im looking at getting some more spectrum in there any ideas
ive seen some 19000k leds on fleabay
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Had a look around would a 27w par38 be to much
4 3w royal blue
4 3w cool white
1 3w warm white

65 / $103
Is that expensive?
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Had a look around would a 27w par38 be to much
4 3w royal blue
4 3w cool white
1 3w warm white

65 / $103
Is that expensive?


That is about the going rate, but it might be a little too much for this tank.

As for the 19k leds, I love them.

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Thanks for the answer josh :)
They do a 15w par 30
2 white
3 blue

40 / $ 63
Would that be better
cheers

Might have get some 19000ks then :D
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A Par 30 would be a better choice for this size tank.

I think you should get the 19k LEDs, it is a night and day difference between them and the standard cool white LEDs.

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Cheers
ill have to be nice to the other half so i can spend some more of my own money lol :D
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Also on your advice ive purchased another pump
its a tunze micro pump
150 to 300 litre per hour
and with a bit of modifying it will fit nicely
will have to lose the cheato and light in the first chamber tho
unless i do the closed loop thing
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Cheers
ill have to be nice to the other half so i can spend some more of my own money lol :D


Good Luck!!! lol

Also on your advice ive purchased another pump
its a tunze micro pump
150 to 300 litre per hour
and with a bit of modifying it will fit nicely
will have to lose the cheato and light in the first chamber tho
unless i do the closed loop thing


You won't regret it.
I finally replaced my original pump last night. I used a MiniJet 404 pump. It fits perfectly in small chamber, once you remove the covers to it.
I used the original attachment, just put some 3/8 inch tubing around the pump and it fits like a glove.

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Ill probably change the stock pump too wen i get a chance

By the way ur 3 gallons coming on really well think ill go sps in my next tank
as ive never kept sps
just in the planning atm want it to be right the first time

just got too many unfinished projects cos lack of proper planning
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