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  1. adam_ducote

    lighting for budget reef

    Hey guys, someone gave me a 10 gallon long rimless tank. I have an established nuvo 20 that is about a year and a half old with two AI Primes on it. For the tank I was given I'm thinking about looking into budget lights as it will be mainly a softy tank with a few acans and maybe a frog spawn or two. I love my ai primes but was wondering if you guys had any recommendations before I spent the money on another ai prime. I've been looking into black boxes but hear mixed reviews. Thanks! Picture of my nuvo 20
  2. elimohrland@gmail.com

    Nano reef lighting and wavemaker

    Hi guys first post here and my first reef tank is in the mail. I had some hardware questions and I was hoping I could get some ideas here. I ordered the waterbox 20 and was hoping to start with clowns and soft corals but I would like to purchase lighting capable of 200+ par for SPS corals at least in the top third of the tank. I also was curious if anyone had suggestions for a wavemaker for a 20 gallon cube that could provide enough flow for some harder corals and an anemone eventually. I've already committed to a very patient approach for my first attempt but ultimately I would like to be able to grow anything that will fit in my tank. I'd like to spend as little as possible obviously but I'm open to higher end products if you think they are worth the price. I appreciate anyone taking time out of their day to offer help!
  3. Nathans_Reef

    Reef lighting under £150?

    Hello everybody, i am going to set up a 40 gallon lionfish tank and i would like to grow macro algea, zoanthids and mabye an anemone. I like the Twinstar 600 but it is a planted tank light, it is full spectrum, 7050k and about 30w, would this be bright enough for at least macro algea? If not does anybody know of any lighting for under £150 that will be good for a 80cm tank? Thanks
  4. A few weeks ago I picked up a good deal on a three gallon MarineLand Contour Glass Aquarium. Plan to use it as a quarantine or frag tank depending on what I need at the time. Could be keeping soft, hard or LPS in it. For lighting I have been looking at two sub $70 units on Amazon. Have seen a few mentions on NR.com about them but not a lot of feedback. There are quite a few reviews of both on amazon. Hoping to collect additional thoughts or personal experience which will help me and others who might be looking at these. Welcome your thoughts. Lominie LED Aquarium Light Pixie 30 Central light source could be better for my squarish tank no fan customize the spectrum can adjust intensity HIPARGERO LED Has a fan only blue/white adjustment can adjust intensity Lomine on left Hipargero on right.
  5. Hello there new aquarium friends. I’m totally new to this whole world of aquariums. I’ve never really had a cool setup like I’ve received from my gfs father. He gave me a bunch of awesome tools to make an epic aquarium. I have been wanting to make an awesome aquarium for my home for some time now. But it’s such a costly but well worth it kind of hobby. I have been given a 14 gallon Oceanic bio cube. Also there is a new light that he added from stevesled. I need to figure out the configuration of the plugins to the lights. Also learning how to setup the timing for all the light. Also have no idea what cycles to set up the timers on. He suggested some things to get started: 10 lbs of live sand carribsea arag-Alice aquarium sand. 3 x 5 galling imagitarium Pacific Ocean water 5-10 pounds of live rock If any of you have any good starter tips or and any information on the light setups and timers please feel free to help.
  6. I have an opportunity to snag 3 kessil a150w deep blue spectrum lights for 150.00. The deal is nice but is it dumb to buy discontinued fixtures? Will I be able to get any parts if needed? Thanks
  7. Kurtz74

    Kessel A80 Tuna Settings

    I have a Waterbox AIO 15 Nano Tank with a Kessel A80 Tuna Blue light and controller. Currently, I followed the BRS lighting schedule that I found in a video, but ideally I would like a bit more blue throughout the day. Any suggestions on how I can adjust this? I currently just have two fish and some Zoas. I assume I would need to adjust the "color" setting up some to get more blue? If this is not ideal for the tank/corals I will just leave it. Just wanted to see what everyone thoughts. Current Schedule: 6:00 - Color 0, Intensity 10 9:00 - Color 30, Intensity 40 11:00 - Color 60, Intensity 70 12:00 - Color 80, Intensity 100 15:00 - Color 40, Intensity 50 18:00 - Color 0, Intensity 0
  8. cmedlock

    15 gallon column

    Hello! I'm new to reefing and i have an aqueon 15 gallon column and I'm struggling to find a good and affordable LED light for my tank. I have two clowns and I'm looking to add corals but cant find a light to fit my dimensions 13.5 '' length and width and it's 25'' deep. I'm open to pretty much any form of lighting, but if it needs to be hung whats a good hanging kit? thank you!
  9. NaniNano27

    Lighting for my Nano tank

    Hi Friend, Im Nani, I had so many questions but I figured out most of it from YouTube... except one question..I'm new to this hobby please don't mind me if my questions are stupid..I have almost 7 freshwater fish tanks currently...I wanted to try marine for the first time ..I was little scared and since I'm just student with little stipend Soo... So coming to my question....I recently bought one secondhand tank which is 80cm length 30cm width and 30cm depth ...I feel this is unusual tank dimensions ...I'm not able to figure out the lighting options for this shallow tank ... Please help me out...my budget will be max 100$ ...if couple of dollars are missing for good options I can try bit more ...but I want to know ...does any of you guys have such unusual tank ?
  10. Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum and was digging through but couldn't really find what I was looking for so I thought I would make my own post and say hello. So hello everyone! So, I'm setting up a 10g nano reef. Pretty excited about it, I've been doing a bunch of reading and it's nice to return to the hobby. I currently have 2 planted tanks, and years ago I used to keep saltwater fish and some beginner corals with limited success. Anyway, primary purpose for this post is a lighting question. I hear great things about the AI Prime and it's ability to grow coral, however, when I look at photos it looks like it definitely gets some pretty bad disco effect. Can anyone shed some light as to how the aquariums look with it? I've never seen anyone running like a daylight sunny mode either, is it possible to get more of a pure white light, almost to replicate what it looks like when reef diving on a sunny day? The other light I'm looking at is a Kessil a80. It appears to be maybe a bit brighter? Can I still program the a80 different colors or is it more restricted? Does anyone recommend one over the other? Something completely different? I'm really hoping to not be restricted to low light corals, I would love to be able to do some SPS. My other concern is that my tank isn't a cube, it's a 10g aqeon tank in the standard rectangle (10x13x20). Will I be able to cover my tank with either of these lights properly without getting a ton of light pollution? Any other suggestions are welcome! Best, Chris
  11. So I'm considering getting a hydra 26 light from ai for my 26 gal tank. It's called ocean free 96l tank dimensions are 23"L × 16"W × 16"H. I'm a total newbie to reefing so go easy on me. I'm just wondering what sort of light schedule would I need and what settings would be ultimately suitable for all coral growth in the future. Also how far away should my light be from my waters surface?
  12. Hi all, I was wondering would this light (link at bottom) be suitable for a soft coral reef my tank is 80cm x 40cm x 45cm (36 gallons) Light - DDSGG Aquarium Lamp, Aquarium, Lawn Cylinder Lamp, LED Full Spectrum Lamp, Mini Nano, Decoration/Blue/Moonlight Blue Per Fish/Coral/Plants,White,A801 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07TXVRG4N/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_apa_i_7H4iDbSKTSR96 Thanks 👍
  13. What Is The Right PAR For Vibrant Coral Coloration and Growth?NEW VIDEO! Reef Aquarium Lighting Guide
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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!!!
  19. 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
  20. 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??
  21. 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!)
  22. 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
  23. 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!
  24. 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)
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