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  1. What Is The Right PAR For Vibrant Coral Coloration and Growth?NEW VIDEO! Reef Aquarium Lighting Guide
  2. Amphrites

    Moar Actinics

    So I currently have an AI prime running a fairly intense schedule over a Euphyllia-dominated tank (they're all close to the bottom though) and I'm considering buying a strip of those little 3-watt moonlight 445 Actinics for color-pop (since I'm having to really push some of the uglier channels of my Prime to keep my Maxima colored-up and happy). Anybody have any idea whether said strips really add much in the way of par or would they really just contribute better color and florescence? Tank: Nuvo atoll 13g (11" deep) [Picture taken at night with things closing up for the evening] Schedule: Strip in question: https://www.21ledusa.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=3528DBLWP&CartID=1
  3. Hi folks, I'm at the very beginning stages of setting up my 20g peninsula tank from IM. A problem I'm running into is finding a quality light source that is also aesthetically pleasing. A mentor told me not to skimp on lighting, and after reading some of the topics here it makes sense to spend the couple extra bucks on something that will last and also be able to go into an upgraded tank if/when that time comes. So he swears by the radion xr30, which wouldnt be a problem, but the mounting arm would take up chamber 2, where I'll have a skimmer. This seems to be my issue with the peninsula and a mounting arm (aesthetics). Any advice? How have you solved this problem? I'd like to avoid a hanging fixture if possible. Maybe something like the attached? Thanks!
  4. I got a lid with 2 bulbs in it. It can hold 50watts max (25 watt bulb on each side). Just wondering if there are any special bulbs for corals with this lid... If not, are there any small waterproof lights I can add into it (There is space for such towards the front of the lid). Here's a picture of it: (Splash guard removed from one side). For a would-be 10 gallon frag tank. -Tee
  5. Jason2000

    Fluval Evo light control

    I am using the stock lighting on my fluval evo 13.5 and would like to incorporate a light controller for dawn/dusk effect. Is anyone using a controller with the evo stock light, and if so i'd love to know what they're using. I see that fluval itself does a 2 chanel LED lamp timer- does this actually have a gentle progressive dim function or does it dim the light in stages until off? Thanks in advance
  6. KatieB

    Biocube 16

    Hi all! Let me begin by saying that I am relatively new to this hobby, but I have found this forum incredibly informative over the 100’s of hours I have spent researching! I started my journey several months ago with a nano reef tank (quite an undertaking for a beginner, I know). Thus far, I have had a fair amount of success, but I am concerned for the long-term well-being of my tank; thus, I am reaching out to you, fellow and experienced reefers, for some advice. I currently have a STOCK Biocube 16-gallon tank. I cycled completely before adding any CUC, fish, or corals. Over the past few months, I have slowly added a variety of species and everything has gone surprisingly well (I have only lost one Trochus Snail and a single Blue Legged Hermit). I have been running just the basic Biocube filter (replaced every few weeks) and my clean-up crew (1 Tuxedo Urchin, 2 Turbo Snails, 1 Margarita Snail, 1 Conch Snail, 4-5 hermits, 1 Emerald Crab, and 2-3 hitchhiker brittle starfish) to support a pair of clowns. . have also been doing 10-15% water changes every week. I have also noticed some unexpected copepods, worms, etc. that have made their appearance over the past few months. I have slowly added several species of “corals” including a hairy mushroom, RBTA, Pulsing Xenia, Plating Montipora, Zoas, and Acans. All of my parameters have been stable and within normal limits over the past few months (post-cycling). My question is: what preventative measures should I be taking at this point? I am in this for the long-haul and would like a fairly self-sustaining reef tank a few years down the road. Should I be dosing nutrients? Should I have some sort of media filter in my empty second chamber? Do I need to upgrade my lighting? What is my next step in working towards my long-term goal? I know this is a broad and novice question, but I appreciate all insights! Thank you!!!
  7. I bought a 12 gallon jbj nano tank from craigslist. The previous owner had it for about 2yrs and I transported it with all the livestock (2 fish, 2 mushroom corals, 1 xenia). I am really confused on how to change/figure out what my lighting schedule should be. The tank is a JBJ 12 Gallon Nano Cube (https://www.marineandreef.com/JBJ_Nano_Cube_12_Aquarium_JBJ_Nano_Cube_12_G_DX_p/RJB21016.htm?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzP-Q-IfE4AIVLR6tBh1cfwNaEAQYAiABEgLngvD_BwE). It’s lighting has: 2 24W bulbs (Half 10K Day- light/ Half 7100K Actinic Blue and a nightlight LED. 1 custom blue actinic LED which they installed into the hood The thing is that when I got the tank, the previous owner told me they used a cycle of blue actinic LEDs on at 6am for 2 hours then the white/actinic bulbs for 2 hours from 8-10 then blue actinic LEDs from 10-12pm. They’ve been doing this for a while seems to be ok on the corals but I’m not sure if 2 hours of the white/actinic bulbs enough. They were morning people but I want to change the schedule since I get home from work late around 5pm or 6pm so I can enjoy the aquarium in the evening. I was wondering what kind of schedule I can change to so I can have some viewing time of my tank I. The evening? The current schedule of 6 hours seems kind of limited. I was wondering if the current schedule has enough lighting for the tank? I’ve been reading lots of forums and have seen varying time schedules from 8hrs to 12hrs, some people turn on their white fluorescent lights for 4-6 hours during “high noon”, and other different combinations. I guess my main summary of questions would be: How should I schedule my lighting (what combination/when I should turn on my lights/how long each) How should I transition my corals to the new schedule? I have 2 mushroom corals and 1 pulsing xenia. The xenia seems to open up around 9 am and starts to shrink and become fat around 6pm (I believe this is the time I guess they consider sundown). I get home late from work so I was hoping to have at least the actinics around that time to enjoy my tank. Any help is appreciated, I’m still kind of new to reef tanks. thanks in advance -J
  8. Tangina20

    Lighting for an 8g biocube

    I just picked up an 8g biocube today that currently was gutted and has freshwater led lighting in it. I would prefer to fight lighting that fits in the hood but I’m thinking about getting an abi Tuna blue, will the 12 watt tuna grow at least lps??
  9. Azure Phoenix Reefing

    Montipora Digitata polyp extension question

    I recently got my first SPS frag, a blueish Montipora Digitata. Now, with my other corals, I could get a decent enough idea if they were happy or not concerning flow and lighting for example, because their response was quite obvious and quick (Euphyllia and Rhodactis for example). However, this being my first SPS, I am not so sure, so I figured I'd make a small thread, hoping you guys and girls could help me out. As for my parameters, I measured these this morning and the frag is in my system for about a week; Ammonia: 0ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: ~3ppm Phosphate test kit is on its way PH: 8.2 dKH: 11.3 Calcium: 475 Lighting: AI Prime HD on a somewhat customized AB+ schedule and on an acclimation period until February 23 Flow: return nozzle and Aqamai KPS Left side view right side view Close up (crop) where the polyps seem to extend the most I am not entirely sure yet about the placement, because I see a lot of shading/dark sides on the frag, which is a result of the shape as well. I am also wondering if I could accidentally burn it, having it so high up on the rocks, that's why I put the Prime on an acclimation period though. Last but not least, my apologies for the quality of the images. They were made with my phone, yet I am looking to buy a filter and magnifier soon, because I really enjoy taking pictures of the frags and how they're evolving/growing. What do you guys and girls think? Polyp extension alright, or no? Anything I could or should change, any feedback is much appreciated! Bonus question, is it normal to tweak that much in the early stages of having a reef aquarium? I just can't seem to let it be, instead, I am wondering if the light schedule is alright, what about the placement of the frags....Flow, wondering if the return nozzle is aimed alright and the KPS schedule is decent enough....Oooh, how about the turnover rate? 🤦‍♂️ (I am really enjoying it though, don't get me wrong, haha!)
  10. Michael_

    MUSHROOM CORAL SHRINKING

    Hello guys, About two years ago, I picked up a green rhodactis mushroom from the reef store. As soon as I put it in my tank, it spread out very wide and became very colorful. I continued to love the coral, and it kept growing until it doubled in size and became as large as the palm of my hand. It kept on flourishing and growing like this for about a year. Then, I noticed it wasn't coming out as much and I took some observations and did some research and found out that it was going to split, and it did. So then there were two mushrooms, but it just continued to go downhill from there. They shrank very gradually and lost their color, but I figured it was just a small phase and did nothing about it. Now, a year later, one of them has disintegrated, and I have one left about the size of a penny. It's not colorful anymore. I miss how it was two years ago 😭 Water parameters have not drastically changed at all, I just don't know what's wrong. Please help
  11. skaerber

    Hypothetical set up

    Hello all! I've been lurking on the forums for a few months, researching a future build for a first reef tank. That said I have a hypothetical build is like to bounce off of more experienced members. Equipment: Traditional rimmed 20 gallon long Diy stand (I already have these from an old planted tank) Eheim 100 watt heater Current USA orbit IC light Current USA 660 gph wave pumps x2 or Koralia equivalent wave pumps x2 Finnex hob refugium with fugeray and water pump RO buddie ATO Livestock: GSP Mushroom Algae barns pod starter pack Firefish x1 and Banggai cardinal x1 or Firefish x2 An appropriate clean up crew (still Researching) Dry rock This is the current list. I still have about 8-10 months of research to conduct, but I wanted to put this out there to get some feedback to help focus my research. Thank you!
  12. Not only am I a newbie to nano tanks but I'm also a newbie to saltwater aquariums. I know, I know, probably not the smartest thing to start with a nano but due to space and time this is what I decided worked best for me. Plus- I love challenges. Here's what I have/running: Marineland Portrait 5 gallon tank VicTsing 80 GPH pump Hydor 50W Submersible Heater Hydor Flo Rotating Water Deflector Attachment Nature's Ocean Live Sand 4-5lb Dry Live rock Using filter floss and Chemi-Pure Blue Nano packets Stocked with: Ocellaris Clownfish, Yellow Rose Goby, and two Nerite snails. My tank has been up and running since October/November. I kick started the cycle with a dead shrimp and after cycling for a few months my levels are great. I decided to wait for fish until after Christmas due to out of town vacations. Unfortunately the Clownfish I got two days ago has ick which I'll start treatment tonight/tomorrow. My question and part I need help with is lighting. The stock lighting on the tank is okay but I hate that it is not programmable and I'd soon like to add some soft corals. I leave the house-weekdays-for work at 7:30am and don't usually return until 5:30pm. I'd hate for the bright light to be on that whole time. Anyone have any recommendations on a light I can upgrade to that is programmable and not super expensive? Width of my tanks is 11". I found these but will gladly take any recommendations AquaMaxx NemoLight Fluval Sea Marine Nano Photo when I first set tank up- (its no longer cloudy)
  13. Floundering_Around

    Need a new light

    Unfortunately, as I was moving back to college after winter break, all of my plugs and cords for my tank's equipment got wet. Some of the equipment just uses standard plugs so after drying off, they were able to be plugged right back in and continue working. However, my new aqamai kps and the adapter and timer for my light currently do not work. I am unsure if they'll start working after drying out some more but as of right now, my tank has had no light since Sunday (other than sunlight from a nearby window) and a backup pump for flow. Up until now, I've been using the stock light for the fluval evo 13.5 and it's was working out well. If I can't get a new adapter from fluval (the actual light is fine), then I will be looking into a different LED that's appropriate for the evo 13.5. I'll also need a lid for the tank as I want to 1) minimize evaporation, 2) keep my fish from jumping, and 3) keep my roommate's cat out of the tank. If this is cheaper than getting a new stock light or at least comparable, any suggestions would be appreciated!!! 🙂 I need to get a light back on my tank as soon as possible. current tank stock: - softies (GSP, mushrooms) -LPS (acans, duncan, torch, goniopora) -SPS (pocilipora) - inverts (RFAs) - NPS
  14. I have a 10 gallon nuvo cube and a kessil A80 light, I just got two clowns, two hermits, and 4 lps soft corals. I was wondering what should my light schedule be like? And the intensity and so forth. Right now as I’m going to bed I have it at 0/0 but I’m not sure if that is okay for coral? Please HELP!
  15. Good morning everyone, I am in the process of setting up my first pico tank and have a question. when it comes to lighting, which colors are better fr the corals? Whites, blues? Once I have the pico setup I am looking at making it a Zoa garden with maybe a few sexy anemone shrimp, snail and couple small hermits. Just wanting to ensure I get the best growth possible. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. 😉 Many thanks.
  16. Hey all, got a quick question, would this light work for a pico to nano tank ranging from 3 gallons to 10 gallons? ABI Aquarium light
  17. Tony Nano

    Hipargero Aquarium Light

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone had an opinion on the Hipargero Aquarium LED Lights https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B074STSMZC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1MMQF53V4XMW6&psc=1 I'm looking to upgrade from the current stock LED light fixture that was provided with my Fluval evo 13.5 nano tank, and I came across this fixture. Seems like a reasonable price, I was just wondering about output and the types of corals it can support. Thanks in advance
  18. Ocellaris PDX

    Lighting at night?

    SO SORRY, I looked up lighting at night and whether any lights are supposed to be on at night but am not really understanding it completely, so I'm making a thread. My question: Do I need lights to be on at night? I'm planning a 20g tank that'll have a few lower-light corals (zoas, frogspawn, sun, something along those lines...) that'll be in my bedroom. Do they need a blue light on at night? How bright will it likely be? If I need a light, any ideas on reducing the brightness in the room?
  19. Hello, I am finally starting up another 10 gallon nano-reef after a couple of years out of the hobby. I am building my own LED system and was hoping to get a couple of knowledgeable/experienced forum members to check off on my design. Specifically, I think my drivers and power supply should be sufficient to handle the load of the LEDs in this configuration, but I would be more comfortable getting another opinion. My hope is that this system can support a bubble tip anemone and SPS corals. Thank you for any help you can offer. There are three "strings" of LEDs, each one controllable by a PWM-dimmable driver. The three drivers are then powered by a single power supply and controlled by an Arduino Uno. Below are links to the components followed a screenshot of the schematic. LEDs Royal blue, blue, and red Violet Neutral Whites Driver LDD-L Series Mean Well Step-Down Mode CC DC-DC LED Drivers ("Wires", 700 mA, 9-36 Vin, 2-32 Vout) Power Supply LRS-150-24 Mean Well LRS Series Enclosed Style Switching Power Supply (24 Vout, 150 W)
  20. So as the title says,I'm converting to saltwater tanks. I definitely have a tight budget because I want to get my feet wet,not just cannonball in. In my 10g,I've already upgraded my aquarium with the Aquaclear powerfilter 110V. My tank currently stays around 76-77 degrees. I definitely want to house a pair of clownfish and a cleaner shrimp...and corals in the near future. I'm so scared of lighting and don't want to buy the wrong thing for corals. I'm getting a custom glass lid so I can't have anything clipped to the tank in the back,so for now I prefer the lights that slightly hover above the aquarium cover. Since price is strict,here's some lights I've run into on Amazon...let me know what you guys think 🙂 Green Element EVO 18"-22" LED Aquarium Light Fixture - Reef Capable 10x3W https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00APBO2XU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_nFPtBbHM2NND9 EVO 12 LED Aquarium Light Nano Marine Coral Reef Cichlid 6x 3W 3 Watt 30-40 cm by Odyssea https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N0PJK0S/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_TFPtBbVPXKD1Q SLR Lighting LED Aquarium Lighting – All Sizes for Fish Tanks, Terrariums, Vivariums – Plants, Coral, Seaweed – Natural Night & Day Light Patterns w/ Brackets & Remote Control [Size: 14-22 In.] https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0759NLDSB/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_dGPtBbAF0Y92Y
  21. coltnanoreef

    Torn Between 3 Lights

    Thinking about getting an IM Nuvo 10 gallon and am debating between 3 lights. The aquamaxx nemolight (here) , a single par30 led 18k bulb (here) , and the Hipargero 30W light (here). They are all in the same ballpark cost wise, I want to keep it budget friendly and under $100. Each seems to have advantages, the nemolight being the most controllable and easy to use, but the most money and least amount of power. I do like its programmability and the thunderstorm feature. The other two seem to be similar in power and cost (minus the cost of the fixture for the bulb) but lack control and need to be manually dimmed (or not dimmed at all) and therefore are pretty much either on or off. It would be nice for them to ramp up and down during the day but I guess its not a dealbreaker. Also, how long until the single bulb would need to be replaced? I want to be able to have some SPS if it is at all possible. Anyone have any thoughts? Or other recommendations staying in the <$100 range? Thanks for any replies.
  22. NanoReeferNY

    WTB: Hydra 26 HD

    Looking for 2 Hydra 26 HDs .....
  23. Hey all, question regarding coloration/“pop” improvement with Ecotech Radion upgrade options.I’ve been running a G1 Radion for something like 6 years over my 34 gallon Solana. I’m pretty satisfied with output, and the spread is acceptable, corals grow fine, so no real “problems.” But I’ve never loved the coloration it gives my tanks, compared to what I’ve seen on other tanks with different LED’s or newer Radions. So I’m considering an upgrade. Obviously the most affordable option is to send in the one I already own for Ecotech to upgrade to the G3. And of course since I’m thinking about it, I’ve also been checking out the G4 and G4 pro. I don’t need the G4pro for the increased output, but I do like the idea of more color channels. What I want to know is: is it worth the upgrade (any of them) in terms of visual appeal and making colors pop? Will I see a noticeable difference from G1 to G3? Is G4 way better than G3 (aesthetically)? Has anyone made any of these leaps and can talk to how the corals appear under the improved spectrum? Will the G3 upgrade be enough to see that new “pop”? Is the G4Pro way better than the regular G4 in terms of color/“pop”?I’d love some first-hand experiences with this. Thanks!
  24. I just had a great experience with purchasing a Kessil A160 from @tanacharison. He was missing a bracket and screws when he listed, but was willing to send them after the purchase. Instead we worked out a pay half to hold the sale and send everything together. Little over a week later and I have the new light for my classroom tank. Package was boxed well and everything came in tip-top shape. I would definitely do business again with this fellow Reefer! I don't have any pics of it over the tank as I forgot a piece I needed to finish off my custom light hanger. I'll try to update that tomorrow :-) Here's a couple pics of the unboxing. Not showing outside of box being it has both our addresses :-) but it was taped up and sealed great. Packing inside when opened: He put the Kessil in a separate box from brackets and cord, nice touch as it would bounce on metal items that came with it: The pendant was wrapped in bubble wrap and had a packing bubble inside with the light : Light was in great shape once taken out of packaging.
  25. Ladytank

    Stock biocube lighting

    I'm using stock lighting on my biocube,and I'm a newbie. Which lighting sequence is best ,and for how long should they be turned on? Any help would be appreciated.
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