Craigb350s SPS Maniac's Reef - Tides of change

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  1. Rakie

    Rakie POSSIBLY BANNED R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Gotcha! That looks like the ones that Cairns Marine use in Australia too.

    So some history... AI used to have this nearly magical proprietary blue LED diode. It was so nice, Ecotech bought AI, the ENTIRE COMPANY, so they could use that blue LED in Radion fixtures. The AI now don't have that LED diode anymore, but Radions still do. So I would wager from a spectrum perspective your fixture is similar, but Radion uses completely custom proprietary LED's that you cannot purchase anywhere.

    For some reason, I found that absolutely fascinating when I learned it, and can't help but share whenever the opportunity arises. That's a heck of an investment for one blue LED diode.
     

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    Craigb350 Active Member UK Reef Club Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I didn't believe it much haha, they seem to do the job pretty well and im hoping with the 4 blue plus, I should see good results.
     
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    Rakie POSSIBLY BANNED R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Like I keep telling people -- I really do honestly believe Radions are NOW (as of G4) the forefront of lighting. The problem is you need about twice as many as people claim, unless you run them VERY high off the water surface.

    By the way.. Did you make it through that super tedious and long WWC lighting video? I would NOT blame you if you didn't, I was interested in it and barely found the time.
     
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    Craigb350 Active Member UK Reef Club Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I must admit, I did skip bits of it to get to the point...., You cant blame them though, blogging etc can only help the new starter in the hobby, but sometime too much information can be a bad thing too,

    When I started in the hobby almost 10 years ago, I got some really bad advice from my LFS, so I was forced to lean on local reefers and forums at the time.
     
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    Craigb350 Active Member UK Reef Club Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Well seen as I have made a few changes to the tank recently in flow and lighting, I thought I would take some pics of corals to use as a base point,

    I am pretty sure the corals will have to go through a sulking stage as they have been used to the high par output but we will see,

    So I will be closely monitoring the same corals for any colour/growth changes and documenting them.

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  6. Codym808

    Codym808 Active Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Your tank looks amazing! Nice photography too btw, I need to work on mines!

    How do you like your pin cushion urchin in terms of coralline algae control?
     
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  7. Craigb350

    Craigb350 Active Member UK Reef Club Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Haha I don't, I have moved both of them on due to them deciding to rescape my frags all the time!
     
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    Codym808 Active Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Haha forgot about that! That can be frustrating!
     
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    Craigb350 Active Member UK Reef Club Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Yeah I wouldn’t get them again will stick to my algae scraper haha
     
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    Great pictures.
    The corals looks amazing.
     
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  11. Craigb350

    Craigb350 Active Member UK Reef Club Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Thanks I do like photography as one of my other hobbies
     
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    Well after all the inspiration from different tank threads on here, looking at all these well designed sumps, I am safe to say I have been ashamed of mine.

    I never really gave it any thought when I set it up 3 years ago, I just kinda chucked all the equipment in, so I could concentrate on the good bit fish and coral!

    So I have put together a list of some changes I am wanting to make over the next couple of weeks,

    • Replace tired old Jebao 6000lph return pump, this has done me well and never missed a beat for 3 years ( Just ordered a Ecotech Vectra M1)

    • Change the pipe work on the return from vinyl to Hard pipe, also incorporate a ball valve into the return (has always bugged me I can have changed the vinyl 3 times due to the light and algae growth

    • Change the pipe for the main drain, I currently have this hard piped it to an elbow, with corrugated flexi pipe, I am thinking of hard piping it to the refugium flow with elbows pointing up into the cheato at the bottom?? don't know if this is a good idea I think the pros are getting the cheato to tumble, cons it may become blocked?

    • Smarten up the wiring on the cupboard door, I have done my best to neaten it but I need some trunking of some kind, as the cable ties work but its still kind of messy, I also need to mount the power packs to the cupboard, Are there clips out there for this?

    • My other last improvement I would like to make is scrapping the idea of the drain piping above, making a section in the back corner of the refugium when I can run mechanical filtration i.e a filter wool pad for the return, rather than draining my sump, something I can hang on like the red seas design where the water runs through to the next stage. To do this properly I think I would have to lower the water level in the main chamber modifying the baffle.

    • Create a place for my probes and purchase a holder.
    So yeah as you guys can see quite a list to get through, buts its about time I pay the engine room some tlc.

    Here some pics as it stands with my current effort,

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    IKS power bars in, just needs tidying

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    Any thoughts to the plans would be well received !! hahah
     
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    Waiting on my delivery I'm impatient haha,

    Vortech should be next!
     
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    Took some pics yesterday including a couple of the new frags in the tank at the minute,

    Enjoy

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    Looks great! How much is the jackolantern lepto in the UK? Just wondering lol
     
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    Craigb350 Active Member UK Reef Club Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Not cheap, roughly about $70 a piece 1/2" square.
     
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    Oh wow. That’s pricey. A cool one though!
     
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    Craigb350 Active Member UK Reef Club Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Yeah had mine about 3 months, grown to around 3" square now, stunning coral though
     
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    Yea for sure, I just moved mine today. It was wedged in a crack, it’s new spot really balances some color out in my tank and looks really good. It’s funny how minor things can make such a big difference visually in our tanks.
     
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