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Old 01-26-2013, 02:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Pics of my SPS Reef After the Crash

AFter the crash getting things back up and going. New Lighting LED!

This is where I stand currently.
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IMG_0205 (Medium) by Asonitez, on Flickr

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<Frag Tank.
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<Acan Collection Waiting for the Big Tank>
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<Acan Collection Continued>
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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PRE-T5

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After-T5

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After adding the T5's (ATI Purple Plus X2) I noticed that it completely eliminated all of the dark spots and made the tank so much brighter! I was simply amazed at the change. My wife came in and thought that my LED's had malfunctioned and stayed on permanently. The other thing I noticed was that even though it Raised PAR that it helped bounce and disperse a LOT of light to cut down the beaming effect. I only used 2 Bulbs but that's all I really needed.

*Note: ATI Purple + and KZ Fiji Purple BOTH had the same effect. Looked Identical to the eye and I ran each pair for a day and corals responded the exact same way.


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Old 01-26-2013, 02:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Swapped out Purple Plus for Blue +

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Old 01-26-2013, 02:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've been playing around alot with photography and even picked up a portrait lens for my NikonD40 fr0om adorama that I have been playing around with. I was shooting the tank under the Blue's and this is what I came up with.

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Just as the T5's turned off I took this one. I thought the shadows were cool and scary

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Old 01-27-2013, 10:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Wow, nice tank stocked with expensive corals. Lots of fish you've got there too. What size is it?

It looks like a large cube but from the front it looks like a 90 or 120 or even larger.

Are these frags something you've fragged yourself or did you buy them?
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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its a 150. The frags are my colonies and frags tht I've made for growout etc.
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Your tank, corals and pictures look great, are you using a combination of LED and T5's?
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Yes. I am using 4 AI sol Blue's and 2 54w T5 units.
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With all these claims about LED's performance, I'm surprised to see you using 4 units of AI and then supplementing it with more light from T5s.

Is it that you wanted that much light or are these AI units not what some crack them up to be?
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The T5's that were added were to color shift my LED's to a nicer spectrum. They were a great addition. Overall I'm sure they added some PAR. I only run my LED's at MAx 75%
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The tank is looking good T
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The T5's that were added were to color shift my LED's to a nicer spectrum. They were a great addition. Overall I'm sure they added some PAR. I only run my LED's at MAx 75%
I see, the tank looks very bright and nice. Are LEDs on their own too cool and people add T5 for warmer blues? or is it something else?
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Really it was Tim illuminate some darker spots due to my aqua scape and also to add some deeper reds think of it like filler light
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Why did your tank crash? Did LED's cause it? Was it because of the % power you added them to the tank at? I have been told the white LED's will destroy the corals because they are almost too bright for coral and they tend to bleach / die even when they are adjusted to their lowest intensities. Which is why there are other color spectrums being added to the new Radion etc that is being sold. We have a shop in Phoenix here in Az that uses LED's with insanely impressive results but they are using the cannons.

What I understand from a couple friends of mine who have gone full LED and have pretty nice results with them is that folks first purchase them and underestimate the adjustments that need to be initially made. They need to be set very low in respect to brightness and slowly brought back up to higher intensity over time.

I run T5's myself and have been religious about it but am contemplating moving to LED's since I have been a skeptic until I have seen some of the aquarium running them for 2 years or more with beautiful coloration on the SPS.
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