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ScooterTDI

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  1. ScooterTDI

    Lighting advice

    I don't think it's possible to change out the LEDs on these fixtures. They are embedded in what appears to be epoxy.
  2. ScooterTDI

    Lighting advice

    No one is ever satisfied with their tank, but that's the fun part. There is always something to work on improving. I don't know what the budget is, but there are lots of long term solutions that have been suggested that aren't too pricy. What exactly is the problem with supplementing with t5s in an AquaticLife fixture or getting some led strip lights (reefbrites, sbreef, or similar)?
  3. ScooterTDI

    Lighting advice

    Fair enough, just trying to help. I didn't know if you were married to the 100% blue aesthetic all day long. I was just trying to find a way for you to keep the light since it seemed that is what you wanted in the original post and all your pumps are on the loop system too. I think you still can keep them by just supplementing with more blue LEDs and/or t5s.
  4. ScooterTDI

    Lighting advice

    ...and sps/acros with the whites turned up under the right circumstances.
  5. ScooterTDI

    Lighting advice

    No, not at all. Photosynthesis (whether zooxanthellae in corals or algae) utilizes light across the visible spectrum to varying degrees. In fact there is a substantial chlorophyll absorption in the red end and a host of accessory pigments that can funnel energy from other parts of the spectrum into the photosystems. It really wasn't until the advent of LEDs in the aquarium hobby that anyone was running spectra that are this heavily blue. Metal halides and t5s often have significant emmision outside of the blue end of the spectrum. Shallow reefs get very white daylight sun. It really isn't until you get 60+ feet down that the reefs really start to look more blue. You may get increased algae growth, but there is a good chance that would happen with any increase in light. Contrary to popular belief, algae use blue light too.
  6. ScooterTDI

    Lighting advice

    If you don't like a whiter spectrum aesthetically, you can have it turn up the whites during the day when you're out of the house and have it switch to a mostly blue sunset interval. You're probably using less than half of the par the fixture can produce by only running blues. I'd definitely start there and see if growth picks up. Otherwise, as previously mentioned, either the AquaticLife hybrid or Reefbrite XHO might be good options to boost the intensity without getting rid of the existing lights.
  7. ScooterTDI

    Lighting advice

    If you turn it all up to 100% you should be getting enough par to at least grow softies, LPS, and lower light sps. The par meter didn't read anything with it turned up to 100%?
  8. ScooterTDI

    Lighting advice

    I wouldn't totally scrap those lights. I run them at 100% and get good results (but my tank is only about 10" deep.) According to the manufacturer, you should be getting around 100 par at the bottom. I'd just keep the sps up high and just supplement with additional LED strip lights like reefbrites. Those t5 retrofits are a bit of an eyesore unless hidden in a canopy.
  9. ScooterTDI

    ScooterTDI's 12g Long Peninsula

    Thanks, the back of the peninsula still has a long way to go before it all fills in and starts looking more natural though. Most of the acros are just now beginning to really start growing. I'm usually not very interested in macro shots of corals, but I was playing with my phone yesterday trying to get some good shots:
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    ScooterTDI's 12g Long Peninsula

    I believe that was sold to me as "ORA purple tort". Though, I'm not sure ORA had a release by that name. Reminds me of a Cali tort (which ORA did sell at one point). Bruce (bbyatv) often sells pretty big frags of it for a great price.
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    ScooterTDI's 12g Long Peninsula

    I'm not culturing grindal worms anymore. The culture never really thrived and developed mites. I gave up after it appeared that the mandarin was plump and growing solely off of prepared foods. She ended up jumping through a tiniest of holes in the lid. Really heartbreaking. Mandarins have always been favorites of mine and I put a ton of effort into training her to frozen foods. After she jumped, I couldn't bring myself to going through all the trouble to train another.
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    ScooterTDI's 12g Long Peninsula

    Thanks guys! Yea, that is a yellow digi.
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    ScooterTDI's 12g Long Peninsula

    Well, the tank has been up for about a year, so I figure it is time for an update. I've been through many battles in this first year (mostly dinoflagellates and hair algae). With each challenge, I've made changes to my setup and I think I've finally arrived at a functional system and maintenance routine. The most important/effective change to the hardware has been the DIY algae scrubber I made. (Please excuse the salt residue on the glass, I wiped it down before photos and didn't notice that I didn't get it all!)
  14. ScooterTDI

    Great meeting today! Rough start, but wow!

    The cafeteria seems to be a great alternative. Thanks to the WAMAS staff for working that out. I know it must have been stressful. I also enjoyed the presentation. Mr. Scott was quite funny and engaging. Big thanks to gws3 and leishman for the frags I picked up in the raffle!
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