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Old 06-13-2011, 10:32 PM   #41 (permalink)
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How much of a drop did you get with LEDs vs. MH?
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:29 AM   #42 (permalink)
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If you mean temperature, my tank is 5 degrees cooler now with the LEDs. It also uses less than 1/3 the electricity.
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That is very nice drop. Let us know how these LEDs work for you long term.

If you see any changes, you see sudden algae outbreaks or all fish commit group suicide please let us know.....joking.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:57 AM   #44 (permalink)
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I re-designed my algae trough this morning. I thought my LED lights would supply enough light to the trough but they were not positioned enough above it so the hair algae in the trough died in a week. I bought a 4' strip of waterproof LEDs and mounted them about 2" above the trough where they illuminate it very brightly for practically free.
It took a while removing the screen from the trough as it was full of brittle stars and amphipods and I didn't want to lose any so I had to pick them out betwen the tube worms that grow all over the trough bottom.
You can make out the strip of LEDs here but I should have shut them off to take the picture as they wash out the photo.
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Here it is with the tank lights out
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:50 PM   #45 (permalink)
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I can't believe one of my powerheads croaked. Right after I wrote that I never changed a powerhead. What a piece of junk, it is only about 20 years old. I wonder if I still have the receipt. It started tripping the GFI then it completely died with no power going to the coils at all. I may have to autopsy it.
It was made by Christopher Columbus Powerhead company and came in a wooden box.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:16 PM   #46 (permalink)
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I can't believe one of my powerheads croaked. Right after I wrote that I never changed a powerhead. What a piece of junk, it is only about 20 years old. I wonder if I still have the receipt. It started tripping the GFI then it completely died with no power going to the coils at all. I may have to autopsy it.
It was made by Christopher Columbus Powerhead company and came in a wooden box.
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Paul, I see what the problem is.. The crank bar to start it rusted off! Lol!!
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Old 06-15-2011, 05:45 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Thats what it is!
Maybe I will change the spark plug.

Actually I think the thing is over 30 years old as I have no recolection of ever buying a powerhead and I have 5 of these.
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is that diesel pump lol, you can safely say you got your moneys worth Paul.
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:21 AM   #49 (permalink)
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I think I am going to change the spark plug
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:22 AM   #50 (permalink)
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Its the blinker fluid, im telling ya.

Seriously Paul, that powerhead looks like it was going to go asexual on you. Would you know what to do with 100s if not 1000s of little powerheads all over your tank?

I haven't seen any husbandry techniques online but than again not everyone has such mature tank.

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Old 06-15-2011, 01:39 PM   #51 (permalink)
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It does look a little tired doesn't it?
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naaah, nothing a can of red bull couldn't fix
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Or duck tape lol
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An autopsy of the powerhead revealed that from the armature being so off center for so many years it had eaten a hole into the plastic that surrounds the magnetic armature exposing the coils of the stator. I could probably repair it depending on how severe the damage is but I already have a new pump and I think I got my money's worth out of this one.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:28 PM   #55 (permalink)
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To update my tank, for the last 4 weeks I have been adding some SPS corals because I changed the lighting to LEDs and increased the circulation.
I have some nice montipora's and some acropora. The monti's actually have been growing nicely for almost a year so I added more. The acropora's look good but it is too soon to see if they will grow in my rather "natural" tank. Many years ago it was all SPS but I liked LPS better so I had mostly those. I still like LPS better and don't like mixing all of this but I want to see what happens. Gorgonians seem to grow wild in the tank so they predominate.
This monti grew from a tiny frag that broke off the main piece. It quadrupled in size in less than a year.
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There are two of these, this one and a green one. I don't know the name and am too lazy to look it up but they have been growing for a couple of years also.
I only posted this because quite a few people said to me that SPS will not live in my tank because of my limited water changes and slightly "dirtier" conditions than many tanks
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Today I added some more acropora that I got for a good price. Now the tank has about half LPS and Half SPS. Well maybe 3/4 LPS, I don't know but I made a mistake tonight. I am diatoming the tank like I do occasionally and there must be a hole in the bag in the diatom filter so there is diatom powder all over the tank.
I just told the corals it is "Marine Snow" so they don't freak out. Now I have to take the thing apart and make a new bag. I have three of these filters and between all of them I can make one decent one. They are a horrible design and the engineer that designed them should be smacked. They are real bad in saltwater, they rust and they shock you also. I love designing and building things and I hate to see such a badly designed piece of machinery. I use them because the end product is what I am looking for and they have very good preasure, when they do not stall, over heat or just rust away.
Today I used it to blow preasurised water down the UG filter tubes, there is a lot of smutz under there. That is a polite word for detritus.
When (and if) I get time I will build my own diatom that will work much better than these things.
With my reverse UG set up I need something to stir up the gravel and canister filters don't have enough umph.
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I fed new born brine to my tank as I do every day and I got in one of those moods where I had to put on magnifying glasses and take a close look at things. For some reason I am facinated by all the microscope life in the tank.
As I was watching the gorgonians eat the baby brine I noticed a different animal about 3 times larger then the shrimp. Then I saw a few more of them. There are quite a few of them.
They are definately crustaceans and not fish. The only spawning fish I have now are watchman gobies and I can tell these are not them.
The only other thing that can spawn now besides fish are hermit crabs.
I have had them spawn many times before and I know the larvae will not live but they are interesting to watch. They find themselves stuck all over the place to those serpulid worm sticky threads.
This is just another reason I find this hobby so facinating.
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I was concerned that my algae trough would not grow any algae with the new LEDs I installed over the trough but although it took a while, the trough is stocked full of hair and turf algae with none at all in my main tank. So the thing is working fine.
I did have to install supplimental LEDs over the trough because the tank LEDs don't give me any "waste" light to light the trough. But the strip I installed is only about 20 watts so it does not add much to power consumption. The new tank LEDs are so much cheaper to run than the MHs were and the tank temp is about 5 degrees cooler that I have nothing to do anymore. I don't need to put frozen Clorox bottles in any more to cool the thing off, no more cleaning light bulbs or burning my hands on the fixture, no more buying $100.00 light bulbs or struggling to get my hands around the big fixtures to work in the tank.
Now I need another hobby to waste money and time on
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That is great, i could already picture the headlines in New York Times

"First 40 Year-Old Reef to receive Energy Star Certification"

I too have to look at LEDs or build something myself because its killing me to change bulbs at $300+ a set. I remember when T5s initially showed up and everybody was no heat, no heat, yeah ok, not until you get 12 HOs (not hoes) in a single fixture.
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LEDs are free, it's a no brainer.
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