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DevilDuck
21 minutes ago, mje113 said:

Ok thanks! I was planning on ordering two of those strips based on your rec... but now I'll just get one. And presuming that is need two dimmer/timers?

 

also did you glue the strip to the light itself, or the plastic hood?

Two dimmers will give you more control, you can put one on the stock light and another on the led, set them to what you think looks best.

I used hot glue to attach the light to the stock hood and it fell into the water twice...so probably use some screws to be safe!

 

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4d-Rock

No problem @DevilDuck, thanks for the inspiration.  
 

I ended up getting two strips and their sunset controller.  It may be overkill but this will have better coverage since I have pretty high rock work down the center of the tank.  And like you mentioned, I can just turn them down to whatever makes the corals happy. Also, I’m up in Canada and the shipping cost was higher than I would have liked so I didn’t want to order one to find it was t enough and have to incur the shipping cost again.  There really wasn’t anything available up here that was equivalent.

 

Should be here next week, so we’ll see how it goes. I was planning on using a glue gun but maybe super glue will work better.  
 

Well, while I’m here I might as well throw in a tank shot.  Algae is present but has been relatively stable, hoping it’s just a bit of the uglies. 

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mje113

I was just about to buy a SICCE Syncra Silent 1.0 replacement pump. I thought I'd seen it recommended but digging back earlier in this thread I see some people saying it's loud. Being silent is absolutely essential for me but I like the rated flow. So... is this a good choice or is there something better I should get?

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NanoBob
47 minutes ago, mje113 said:

I was just about to buy a SICCE Syncra Silent 1.0 replacement pump. I thought I'd seen it recommended but digging back earlier in this thread I see some people saying it's loud. Being silent is absolutely essential for me but I like the rated flow. So... is this a good choice or is there something better I should get?

I am using this pump and it is silent, as long as you do regular maintenance.  After about 2 months I noticed a decrease in flow and and increase in noise.  Once I cleaned it all was back to normal.  That being said I think the 1.5 is a better choice because the flow rate.  I am not sure if it will fit in the chamber, however.  the 1.0 is an extremely tight fit.

 

Cheers,

Bob.

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reef jockey
54 minutes ago, NanoBob said:

I am using this pump and it is silent, as long as you do regular maintenance.  After about 2 months I noticed a decrease in flow and and increase in noise.  Once I cleaned it all was back to normal.  That being said I think the 1.5 is a better choice because the flow rate.  I am not sure if it will fit in the chamber, however.  the 1.0 is an extremely tight fit.

 

Cheers,

Bob.

I also have the 1.0 and it's been whisper quiet for me.  At most you may need to play around with it should it get noisy.

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NanoBob

Got some good shots of the tank yesterday and thought I would share....

 

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reef jockey
On 5/24/2022 at 7:19 AM, NanoBob said:

Got some good shots of the tank yesterday and thought I would share....

 

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Great shots.. did you use a DLSR camera with filter?

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NanoBob
On 5/28/2022 at 1:02 PM, reef jockey said:

Great shots.. did you use a DLSR camera with filter?

Thanks!  I use my Galaxy S22 and Orphek filters.  Those filters make all the difference!!

 

Cheers,

Bob.

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mje113

I got the blue light strip that's been suggested on this thread and looking for ideas on fixing it to the stock hood. Clearly hot glue doesn't work, and was considering super glue or epoxy but then I remembered I have some "nano tape" on hand... if you aren't familiar it's this: https://nano-tape.com

 

It sticks like nothing else, but I'm concerned about how it'll hold up to the heat from the lights and evaporation. Any chance anyone has used it for aquarium use?

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DevilDuck

I've tried automotive double sided sticky tape (the kind used to hold spoilers and other parts on a car), hot glue, and Silicone. Hot glue held the longest but the heat and humidity will eventually loosen the bond. The underside of the stock hood is very smooth and slick so it might have helped to scuff it up with some sand paper. 

 

My lights have fallen through at least twice over the course of the year I had the tank up and running.

 

The best way is to drill holes and use stainless steel bolts.

 

Also I would suggest clipping off the unused wire that is used to daisy chain the the last light and glue or use heat shrink tubing to seal up the end. If that end falls into the water it will shock everything in the tank.

 

 

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mje113
1 hour ago, DevilDuck said:

I've tried automotive double sided sticky tape (the kind used to hold spoilers and other parts on a car), hot glue, and Silicone. Hot glue held the longest but the heat and humidity will eventually loosen the bond. The underside of the stock hood is very smooth and slick so it might have helped to scuff it up with some sand paper. 

 

My lights have fallen through at least twice over the course of the year I had the tank up and running.

 

The best way is to drill holes and use stainless steel bolts.

 

Also I would suggest clipping off the unused wire that is used to daisy chain the the last light and glue or use heat shrink tubing to seal up the end. If that end falls into the water it will shock everything in the tank.

 

 

Welp, I went with the nano tape so 🤞I will say that in other situations that stuff sticks better than anything else I've used. I guess I'll check every once in a while about how the bond is holding up. I also taped the extra cord, but... I guess clipping it off is a better idea.

 

Any chance anyone happens to know where I can get an extension cord for the light bar? I don't really know what size the plug is, I'm guessing something fairly standard.

 

Any hard to the tank when the light fell in? Guessing the low voltage isn't an issue.

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