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Easy Refugium Fuge Light for the Nano Cube

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NanoCube-boy

Even if your tank have no fish in it, it will never keep up the way Mandarin eat. A lot of people mistake of buying Dragnet fish because they are very cool, but it is one of the largest mistake. If you really want a Mandarin, get the one that are train to eat prepared food.

 

Make sure you ask your LFS, becareful some LFS do lie. Ask them to feed some prep. food and see. Try Liveaquaria.com, they sell Mandarin that are fed with Prep. food.

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steelhealr

OK...I'm sold. I did rear chamber maintenance tonite and pulled out my chaeto to gravel vac the middle chamber. Check this out:

 

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Sorry for the pix, but, that's HALF a kids sand pail filled with chaeto. When I pulled that out..OMG...it was a monster. Growth and color much better under PC than halogen. Halogen was a reasonable tie-over. This DIY is a complete success in my books. SH

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NanoCube-boy

So the Azoo light aren't good enough for it? I thought on the box, it said that its great for plant growing. The light is also 6500k.

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I'm the same guy as reefer9391

Is that just with the 1 little 7W light SH? I was thinking of getting 2 of them

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NanoCube-boy

1x5watts 6500k.

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I'm the same guy as reefer9391

I ment is all that growth with only 1 little light like he showed in the first post the 7W azzoe light. For macro algea though yes 6500k is the best specturem

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Spiffyguy

I have a bit of cheato in my chamber two on top of my phosban and sponge. I set up my little 7W palm light but I don't think it is working too well. The flow in that area is a little slow since there is the sponge and all but I turn it everyday. I am running the light about 19 hours a day. Hopfully it will start growing. Only been about 2 weeks.

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steelhealr

That's it...just a 5W Azoo light...about 3-4 inches off the glass. That's a big chunk of chaeto, IMO, for a nano and the mass of chaeto, estimating, is at least 2-3 times the volume it gained under halogen lighting. Certainly, higher wattage may bring about much more growth, but, the chaeto is definitely thriving under this lighting and more so than halogen. SH

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shao-lin nano

I have a 13W retro lighting the 2nd chamber and I've never turned the chaeto and it grows like crazy.

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NanoCube-boy

Do you think my light would be good enough? 5watt with 6500k spectrum plam light?

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steelhealr

Isnt that the one I am using? SH

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NanoCube-boy

yup....... So is good or bad for the refug?

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steelhealr

You saw my post above right? about the half bucketful of chaeto with this light? It's working well so far. SH

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NanoCube-boy

COOL COOL, just double check...

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steelhealr

Mike..very nice. I hope you don't mind a few questions:

-is that a fan you mounted on top of the light box?

-did you build the housing and how?

-how did you mount it to the back..silicone ? and any measures to keep salt out of it?

 

Thanks..nice DIY mod. Frank

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NanoCube-boy

how many hours do you run your fug steel?

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mikeguerrero

Frank,

 

That's not my mod, it comes from a user on nanotank. He built it, just send him a pm and he'll respond.

 

I just thought it would be helpful for you to see more options out there, that are easy to make.

 

Mike G

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steelhealr

I run my fuge for 12 hours opposite the tank lights. The light goes on 1 hour before lights off and 1 hour before lights on. SH

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NanoCube-boy

nice... same here. 2300hr to 1100hr.

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gilly76

Is there a reason you don't run it all the time? I got the one from Drs. F&S for my 6g, at night there seems to be alot of light coming from the back so I just shut it off

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NanoCube-boy

I bright, hahah

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steelhealr

I've heard that without a break, some can go sexual..also...with lights....plants photosynthesize..when the lights are off...they respire. I've heard that they need 'downtime'. SH

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gilly76

thanks, 1 more Q. The light I picked up from Dr. F&S said 3w 7200K. are there any replacements that can go down to 5400K(or whatever the optimal output is)? My cheato doesnt seem to grow at all, and i've had it back there for a good month or so

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steelhealr

Why not just pick up a new light? No? You know...at Home Depot, they have these round, silver shaped light receptacles for only a few bucks. You could pick up one of those and just buy a bulb..or...just get the larger light from Drs. Foster and Smith. SH

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