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  1. I've finally got my 10g saltwater tank set up and I plan on getting a pair of clownfish and I've seen conflicting statements on if other fish are possible Also if anyone sees this what inverts yall would recomend I'm very excited about starting saltwater
  2. ColtonDaBest

    20g Lighting ideas?

    I'm in need of lighting suggestions so I made another topic
  3. Hi All, I may be criticized for my methods here but I really need some help. I came over from freshwater tanks in the fall to start my first 10g nanoreef (approx. 9 months ago). It's had it's ups and downs, but I really like it and want to upgrade. My current setup is: 10g aqeon tank HOB Seachem Tidal 55 (with sponge, matrix, and phosguard pad) AI Prime 50w heater Hydor Koralia powehead (240gph) Cobalt Micro UV sterlilizer I want to upgrade to an IM 20 Fusion Pro but I have yet to master the 10g tank. I seem to have a constant battle with algae that never ends. Once a week a spend 1-2 hours with a turkey baster blowing off purple algae (cyano?) and sucking it off the sand bed (with some sand too) during my 30% water changes. I also have to constantly blow off my GSP (which is recovering from a temperature/equipment failure) maybe twice a week. I'm learning a lot as I go and it's been a little rocky since I jumped head first but 4 weeks ago I switched to RODI but no improvements, it still seems to be the same issue. My current parameters are: PH: 8.4 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate .25 Ammonia 420 Calc 6 Alk (low, I know. I can't get it to stay higher for some reason) Phosphates: 0 1.027 salinity 77 degree water AI Prime running for approx. 11 hours. 3 of which are at its max for the day. Posting pic of schedule below. The levels are what it looks like during peak hours. High Range PH, Nitrate, Nitrite, and Ammonia all measured using API Freshwater Master Kit. Other measurements are using API kits as well. If I move to the 20g I would think about seeding dry rock with the rock I have now, but I don't want to "infect" the new tank with the algae and problems I have now. Any advice? I'm thinking the HOB filter is causing issues with the sponge catching detritus but nitrates are reading 0 so I'm not entirely sure that's the issue. I completely washout the sponge and filter every 3 weeks or so (future tank I plan on filter floss so I can just replace easily every week). Thanks in advanced.
  4. Crass

    Need a big favour

    Hi everyone! Was hoping an AI prime 16HD user could help me test par. I know it's a big ask but I cant find somewhere in montreal to rent a PAR meter. Would be much appreciated! It's a 13" deep tank, nuvo 10 Gallon Current max peak (all i need tested) Blue - 100 Violet - 100 UV - 75 V - 75 Red - 5 Green - 5 White - 15 Looking for par from sandbed to surface Light is 8 inches above surface Thank you!
  5. mynewtank

    Wrong fish ?

    My tank is about 6 months old with a sump and a big plastic tank next to it that feeds RO into it. The light is LED that goes across the top of the tank and all of the parameters are normal and kept that way by the guys from the store that are doing this until I can. I bought another yellow tang after the last one died because the salt was too high. Then I find out (on this site) that yellow tangs do not belong in a 35 gallon tank. I also bought a hammer coral and it's not looking well. I have a Coral Beauty Angelfish and a female clownfish in there for about 5 months and they've been doing well despite my fumbling around trying to figure this out. Here's the thing. These guys maintain my tank. I'm in constant communication with them because I rarely know what I'm doing. - Half the time I don't even know what some of this equipment is called and these guys sold me the yellow tang. Anyway, here's the question: Going forward, what kind and how many fish would be best.
  6. Hey guys! So I've dipped into getting some beginner softie and lps corals and I'm a complete noob to all this lighting jargon and was wondering what y'all would reccomend. As the title says I have an orbit marine IC Loop lighting fixture (this guy right here: https://www.amazon.com/Current-USA-Marine-Aquarium-60-Inch/dp/B00GFTNG3S?th=1). I'm aware it can keep softies lps and some lower light heartier sps if placed at the top, however what exactly should I keep the lighting at. It has a standard mode with the RGB that has everything at 100% which is super bright and white, and I like it for the most part but the corals don't really pop. I tried a setting with 70% blue and 70% red and it makes a really nice purple color that make the corals look awesome and fluoresce. I would like to keep this kind of lighting all the time so the corals always look that good, right now I've just been switching to the purple color at nighttime. My question is if I leave it at the purple color 24/7 is that enough light for the corals to grow? I'm a little confused about how the par works in with this light. Current USA (the company) has a diagram giving general par at certain depths, but they don't say how much light is being put out. Am I to assume that just means the light has to be on full power with all led colors maxed out to get those outputs, or could I receive the same par if I just did all blues? Anyways if anyone could help clear some of this up and suggest led percentage combinations that would be great! Thanks!
  7. Will 6500k LEDs Grow Coral? What do you Guys think?
  8. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 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 ?
  17. 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
  18. 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?
  19. 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 👍
  20. What Is The Right PAR For Vibrant Coral Coloration and Growth?NEW VIDEO! Reef Aquarium Lighting Guide
  21. 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
  22. 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!
  23. 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
  24. 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
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