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I get asked a lot about color recommendations for reef tanks. We designed our layout to be pretty balanced, but I find a lot of our customers choose to run the blue channels (3, 5 and 6) much higher than the white channel (4). This question goes for the V2 and the older models, too. What do you run your blues at in relation to your white channel?
The answer is formatted as a ratio of White:Blue, so 40:60 is 40White:60Blue for example. We were gonna ask this by kelvin rating, but I find that to be largely subjective and hard to measure.
Answer the poll and compare answers in the thread below!
Photo Credit Ron from FL
I see it get asked a lot "What combination of T5 lights should I be using?" So I thought it'd be interesting to start a "Mega Thread" if you will, of peoples thoughts on what combination of T5 lights and their benefits.
This can pertain to both LED/T5 Hybrids as I see it get asked primarily of new users utilizing the Aquatic Life fixture; and to T5 fixture users.
I'll start out:
There are two combinations I recommend for the Aquatic Life fixture;
#1 (and the setup I'm currently running) would be 2 Blue+ and 2 Actinic (3 and 3 for the 6 bulb ATI, and 4 and 4 for the 8 bulb ATI)
#2 - 2 Blue+, 1 Coral+, and 1 Purple+ (3, 1, and 2 for the 6 bulb fixture, and 4, 2 and 2 for the 8 bulb fixture)
So what combination do you use?
As a follow up to yesterday's poll, it appears that 60% of the respondents prefer to pack their own DI when when it comes time to replace it. At the suggestion of @Crabs Mcjones, let's look at the preferred methods of setting up your DI. Are you using one DI resin or creating your own combination to deal with your specific water conditions. Multiple answers allowed in this poll.
I stumbled on a thread the other day (for which I can no longer find) discussing the topic of DI Resin. It got me wondering how most of the membership here handle the replacement of their DI Resin in the RODI units. I for one purchase premade/prepacked cartridges. But I know many buy bulk resin and pack their own cartridges. Figured I would do a poll to see how folks handle it.
This assumes healthy livestock and Arrive Alive Guarantee.
A topic that pops up every once in a while is the shimmer effect caused by a particular light or lighting type. What's your take on the shimmer effect? Do you like it and want to see it on your tank or do you find it distracting? Let's have some conversation. Feel free to share your results if you've tried a particular light or added supplemental lights to achieve it.
I've already got a 1L bag of siporax in my tank, but I'm looking at adding some additional bio media for nutrient control. A friend of mine recommended I go with Seachem Matrix instead of adding more Siporax, so I thought I'd toss this question out to the community? Which one is better in your opinion?
An often discussed topic on new builds is a manifold. Some use them, some do not. For those that do, I'm curious how you feed yours. Myself, I feed it off the return pump. But I've seen others say the prefer to have a separate/dedicated pump just for the manifold.
So if you have a manifold, how are you getting water through it?
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Not sure I can explain this well enough, but I'm wondering how many people buy fish/coral that are known to be difficult to keep. I just finalized an order for a few fish to finally restock my tank after the losses from a hurricane last year. I really didn't want anything that would be too difficult to keep. I have my tank running quite well and I'd rather try to enjoy it now than have to "fight" to keep something alive.
Is that bad thing? Am I taking the easy way out? Curious how others approach their stocking. I realize this poll may be geared to folks that have been at it a while and not just getting in to the hobby. But I'm wondering how folks approach new additions.
Curious how many reefers are actually making their own of fish food. Could be a blend of prepackaged foods or a mixture of "raw" ingredients that you've come up with. I guess I'm too lazy so as I just use a combination of foods.
Feel free to share your recipe with others.
I am currently in the process of growing out some zoas and was curious what the community prefers when it comes to frag size. I'm not referring to the actual frag plug size (that will be a later topic ) but how many polyps you tend to buy.
Obviously price is a pretty huge determining factor, but is that the only factor? Do most of you prefer to buy just a few and watch them grow out, or do you prefer to buy mini-large size colonies?
We've all seen those magnificent reef tanks with the beautiful bright white sand that just makes the aquascape and coral pop! But attaining and keeping that beautiful look seems like an almost unattainable goal. Something to remember is that before these full tank photo shoots the owners are probably cleaning the sand to make for a better photo. One of our members even has his own "white sand method."
I don't know about you but I want it! I want white sand! But to what end?
It's a lot of work right?
You can get your tank chemistry out of whack messing around with the sand too much right?
You need a good "live crew" to help right?
You need the proper tools right?
Is a consistently clean sand bed an attainable goal?
Not so much a poll on circulation pump preference, but more on how you choose to program them. This will obviously be dependent on the pump brand you are using and/or the use of a controller. I'm curious if you simply use one of the manufacturers "canned" programs or do you program them yourself?
Feel free to discuss your methods in the thread and if you're willing, go ahead an share your programming. It may help others who are trying to figure out their flow.
The last couple of days we looked at stands and sump preferences. I only wish I had the space to have a dedicated fish room/area. I'm in Florida and live on a slab, so no basement. Given the location of my tank, I have no adjacent room either. So I'm stuck with having all the equipment under the tank.
I'm curious how many have a dedicated fish room/area. My guess is most are like me and are confined to the space under the tank, but let's see how many have the luxury of not having to cram everything underneath.
Okay SPS dominant guys and gals at what level do you keep your alkalinity at and why? Have you always ran it at this level or have you changed it to another level? I would like this to be a discussion on what you keep your alkalinity at and why.
The reason I ask is that I recently had a spike to 9.3 dkh in my system which has led to some tissue loss. With this incident I have lowered it to around 7.0 dkh and I have some Acropora with polyps extended that have alway had very little polyp extension. I know everyone does reefing differently and I'd like to see what other heavy SPS users are doing.
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