120G Rimless shallow peninsula tank

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  1. larangcon

    larangcon Valuable Member

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    Nice tank thread, enjoyed every page, cool looking tank so clean and pristine.
     
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  2. Janci

    Janci Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks.
    Happy you like it.
    Since I changed the lighting, the tank got better every day.
     
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    Janci Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Took out the camera again and made some random pictures.
    Mainly with the purpose to document growth for the future.
    I feel the tank is doing great and growth is improving but there are no pictures to compare. This is just a selection. LRM_EXPORT_20180210_111202.jpg LRM_EXPORT_20180210_114145.jpg LRM_EXPORT_20180210_114143.jpg LRM_EXPORT_20180210_114135.jpg LRM_EXPORT_20180210_114148.jpg LRM_EXPORT_20180210_114149.jpg LRM_EXPORT_20180210_114140.jpg LRM_EXPORT_20180210_114131.jpg LRM_EXPORT_20180210_114123.jpg LRM_EXPORT_20180210_114141.jpg LRM_EXPORT_20180210_114129.jpg
     
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    prsnlty Jackie R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    We need a "love" button! Janci, your tank looks fabulous as do your corals!
     
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    Great thread! Not only do you have an awesome setup, you also take excellent photos!
     
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    iced98lx Chris R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Everything is looking happy! Great shots.
     
  7. Janci

    Janci Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Got the AWC set up this weekend.
    GHL sent me a new steppermotor after the one from pump 1 was found faulty and finally the DOSER Maxi was put in operation.
    I test ran the system for 10 days from bucket to bucket to see if the levels would remain tge same and my pump calibration was done well.
    Here some pictures of the water mixing station.
    The system changes 200ml of saltwater each hour

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    Janci Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    In all the pictures I took there are only a few that were taken from the same position to see the growth over the past months.

    Luckily I could find some..


    June 2017... new coral

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    Janci Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I always had the intention, once the tank was set up, not to tweak too much at the tank or make my hands wet every day.
    The available systems nowadays make it possible to let a tank run by itself, with just a little testing, small adjustments between waterchanges.
    Unfortunately, there is always something to do in our small biotope reefs.

    So I installed the diffusers on the radions. Excited as I was, I forgot to take PAR readings before mounting them, but I believe I have somewhere results from previous measurements.
    Next weekend I will take new PAR measurements to see the differences.

    The diffusers are well made, but on the last light I have trouble to get the cover snug and even. I adjusted all bolts and thightness and gave up at the end.
    The cover will not fall off, nor is it visible... but I know it is there.
    If I have another moment of "zen", I might give it another try later.

    To get in a better mood, I finally added the screens to close the light frame. Will post some pictures of that later tonight.

    Here some pictures of the lights.
    It was the first time I opened them. I still need to find a good way to get dust out of the ventilators and heat sinks.
    Having hairy cats in the house is not beneficial. Those hairs fly everywhere...


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    This is the light where the cover is not 100% closed and tight.
    ... sigh..... ;Facepalm;Facepalm;Facepalm
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  10. Janci

    Janci Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Light frame...

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    I used 3mm white acrylic sheet to close the sides of the frame

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    Very nice, did you raise the lights' output to compensate?
    That light is going to bug you! ;)
     
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    Janci Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Hahaha. Each night I think on giving it another try.

    The lights are at the same height.
    Depending on the PAR measurements, I will adjust the position.

    Thanks for following.
     
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    its been a while since you switched from T5 to Radions.
    Still think that was the right thing to do?

    Also - do you think your opinion would be different if you had used ATI instead of the matrixx which are KNOWN to have considerable lower par than the ATIs?
    Would love to understand your take.
     
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    How are you liking the diffusers? The acrylic hood looks very very nice !
     
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    Janci Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    It has been over 2 months now since the switch to Radions. I love the Radions and how they light up the tank and corals.
    I took about 3 weeks to slowly bring up the intensity of the LEDs till I reached a level of PAR that was found to be acceptable.
    With the Giesemann Matrixx I would hardly get a PAR of 100 at the bottom while now there is 150-180 easily.
    Corals reacted positively with more PE and better coloration. Growth has increased, what is also visual in the higher consumption ALK and Ca.

    Maybe the ATI would have made a difference as well, but I cannot give an honest opinion as I never tried that fixture.
    I started doubting the Matrixx after seeing another tank which was lit by an ATI hybrid T5/LED. The PAR we measured there was far higher than mine and from here I started tweaking with bulbs and position of the fixture.


    The diffusers definitely make the tank different.
    The light is much more spread and it looks like the tank has an more even coloration.
    Intensity and PAR I will check later, but at first sight, corals still seem happy.
     
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    The diffusers definitely make the tank different.
    The light is much more spread and it looks like the tank has an more even coloration.
    Intensity and PAR I will check later, but at first sight, corals still seem happy.[/QUOTE]

    That’s great to know ! I am really thinking about adding the diffusers to my AquaticLife Hybrid with my XR15PRO’s.! I am thinking it would be a great addition to my light setup!
     
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    Janci Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    It sure is, but not an necessary investment while starting up a tank.
    In time it might become more useful once the tank is filled with coral.
     
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    Clayton Jessup Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    I am going to take that into consideration, thank you Janci for the advice!
     
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    Mattres Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    The tank and corals are looking great mate! You’re getting quite good with the camera to! The coral progression pictures are great to see the progress they’re making.
     
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    Janci Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    This week I was able to make some PAR measurements with and without the Radion diffusers.
    My lights are about 11 inches above the water level and run at 70% on the AB+ program.

    Without the diffusers..
    Right above water level PAR is 620
    Just under the water line PAR is 450-500
    At 8 inches PAR is 320
    At 14 inches PAR is 260
    At 16 inches PAR is 240
    And at the bottom at 20 inches PAR is 200

    With diffusers...
    Right above water level PAR is 530
    Just under the water line PAR is 380-450
    At 8 inches PAR is 280
    At 14 inches PAR is 240
    At 16 inches PAR is 200
    And at the bottom at 20 inches PAR is 160

    PAR losses seem to be bigger than expected.
    I raised the intensity till 80% now to get levels similar till before the diffusers.
     
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