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The recordia wasn’t looking great today so I moved it closer to the center for more light and it’s come back.
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Nice catch, it looks happy now!


When I put some rics in my tank, now that I think about it, I was worried if their spot was too much light and watched them to see if they would shrink, but they seem happy and it's over 200 par so they might like more light than commonly thought.
 
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Nice catch, it looks happy now!


When I put some rics in my tank, now that I think about it, I was worried if their spot was too much light and watched them to see if they would shrink, but they seem happy and it's over 200 par so they might like more light than commonly thought.
It started closer to the center but the hermits and snails keep moving the frags around ;Punch

I’m waiting to transfer them to rocks until new lights are in and I can see how it looks.
 
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I also moved the meteor shower Cyphastrea out from its shaded location to the edge of the tank. It wasn’t getting enough light. It’s a hard balance because it turns more cyan with higher light and I prefer the bluer color that came with slightly less light. I also know everything will change with the bar lights.
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Nice setup!!
I have the same APS stand, and while I love how easy it was to put together, I'd love a white version just like yours :D
Be careful about the door's corners, they are sharp! I have 2 scratches on my left arm, roughly at the same place, caused by it while putting things back inside the stand with the door open...
 
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Nice setup!!
I have the same APS stand, and while I love how easy it was to put together, I'd love a white version just like yours :D
Be careful about the door's corners, they are sharp! I have 2 scratches on my left arm, roughly at the same place, caused by it while putting things back inside the stand with the door open...
IMO The doors are 100% a pain point with the stand. I wish they were on hinges so they could open all the way and not block an inch on each side. Makes an already small window even smaller.
 
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I'm trying to decide how to mount the Orphek OR2 bars.


I'm okay with hanging them from my ceiling using wire but I saw this photo posted and like the way it looked.


I can't figure out where those bars came from but I did find stainless steel lab lattice rods that I could configure to a similar configuration. Any idea if those would hold the weight?
 
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I added a timer for my lights Tuesday. Woke up at 7ish yesterday and the lights were on. I thought it was a few hours early but forgot to check. I got up this morning at 5:30 (life with a newborn) and the lights were on. I checked the timer and one of the additional schedules were set to on at midnight! Crazy how two nights of extra light can make some algae start to grow. Corals are okay.
 
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@Orphek OR2-60 bars ordered! I got one of each configuration Blue Plus and Reef Day Plus. I did ask about those mounting bars but they were photos shared by Orphek and not the owner so I’m not sure how far that will get me.
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You can get electrical conduit and bend it to mimic the bars you have pictured above.
That is a good idea! I’ll have to look and see if it’s possible to make EMT conduit look snazzy.
 
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Ordered a Wyze camera to put in my stand for an easy eye on my sump.
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