Kessil Show Off Thread (Warning, may be picture heavy!)

Discussion in 'Aquarium Lighting By Dana Riddle' started by crabs_mcjones, Jan 6, 2018.

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  1. AP700

    24.5%
  2. A360WE

    56.1%
  3. A360N

    2.9%
  4. A160

    25.9%
  5. A80

    8.6%
  6. H80

    12.2%
  7. H380

    10.1%
  8. Spectral Controller

    21.6%
  9. A150

    7.9%
  10. A350

    2.9%
  11. H350

    0.7%
  12. H150

    1.4%
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  1. crabs_mcjones

    crabs_mcjones I'm shiny! R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    I am hoping to create a megathread for all users who drink the delicious koolaid that is Kessil. I would like this to become a discussion, question, and show off thread. Remember, there are no dumb questions and you cannot show me enough pictures :) So please, don't hold back and show us what you got!
    Also just a side note, I will allow healthy debate, but please try to keep this thread positive and fun :)

    Starting with Crabs!
    I originally started out with a pair of Kessil A360WE's controlled by the Kessil Spectral Controller. I loved these lights. They looked great, performed great, and grew any coral I put under them.
    I eventually switched out the spectral controller for the Bluefish LED controller, as I wanted to be able to WiFi control my lights. The bluefish also came with other great features (but it's not the star of this thread :D )
    I also at the time was using the Kessil H80 for my fuge in the "grow" setting

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    After having these lights for a year, I received a great opportunity to get an AP700. I could not pass it up. And I have to say I'm glad I did it. I absolutely love this light. I am able to WiFi control it without the addition of an external controller, and run different programs along with different weather simulations (many find these useless, but for aesthetics I enjoy them :) )
    There are some issues with the App, but I'm hoping after BRS's video and user feedback Kessil releases a firmware update to fix these issues soon. But otherwise the light is great and I'm really enjoying it. And I get compliments on it regularly from friends and family that come to visit.
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    And last but not least, my fuge light. After using the H80 for a couple months, I ended up switching out to the H380. I am extremely glad I did. I immediately (ok a couple days) noticed my chaeto responding to the light change. Before I couldn't get it to grow, it would white out and melt away. With the H380 it blew up!
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    I hope you enjoyed reading and this and look forward to seeing others set up's and opinions!
     

  2. MTBake

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    Nice setup! The ap700 does look sleek, especially with the mounting arms.

    I have a 40 gallon breeder with 1 a360we and 1 a160 over it. I had the 160 on a 20 gallon and switched it to this tank. Then I got the 360. I have a 2nd 360 on the way along with a t5 retrofit kit and some ati bulbs. Kinda want to see how it looks with t5 supplements. Not sure if they'll be permanent, depends if I like the look. Going to pick up material for a suspended canopy now.
     
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  3. crabs_mcjones

    crabs_mcjones I'm shiny! R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Definitely share some pictures when you do! In the end I want to get the 36" aquatic life t5 hybrid with my ap700. just need the funds :)
     
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    I looked at that aquatic life hybrid. I like it but based on the online dimensions, it's wider than my tank is(or deeper?)

    I'll post a current pic when I get home. And again when I get the t5s up. That way we'll have a before and after here if anyone else is curious about the difference.
     
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    Ok here's some more koolaid for the junkies. Two A160WEs over a 20" 35g cube with an H380 fuge light. It's a little over kill for the size of my fuge, but I'm dialing in the sweet spot to get the best growth without burning up the chaeto.

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  6. crabs_mcjones

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    Nice! What have you found to be the sweet spot for your chaeto? Height off water, run time ect..
     
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    Right now I'm running it on for three hours, off for an hour, then on again for three hours. I had it at four hours each for run time but the top started to turn white. I've really got a lot of concentrated light from the 380, but I don't have much room to go higher and I'm not wanting to grow hair algae in my skimmer section.
     
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    crabs_mcjones I'm shiny! R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Is that a continuous cycle or do you only do it when the lights on the main tank are off
     
  9. Robin Haselden

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    Only when tank lights are off.
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    sneub Active Member R2R Supporter

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    I love my Kessils too, my tank is dismantled at this time, however going larger and plan on Kessils all the way.
     
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    I'll play. Let me get some pics later today.
     
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    I just wanted to pipe in and say i have 4 a160's and do love them but am questioning if I should swap them for 360's or a 700.
    The thing is I just visited WWC in florida and after talking with Josh and carlos they showed me where they run their kessils at 100% max on pure blue. I was curious what other kessil owners did. I have been getting a nasty hair algae and I can't help but notice Crabs_mcjones is running his 700 at pure blue as well. Is that what you keep your tank looking like at all times?
     
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    I start mine at deep ocean blue(the bluest setting) but have it ramp up to ocean blue 3 (I believe that equates to 40 or 50%color on the spectral controller for my peak hours.
     
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    Disply lighting - Two Kessil A360WE (75% color and 70% intensity) and two 54w T5 (ATI Blue+)
    Refugium lighting - Kessil H80 (Grow and 100% intensity)

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    Some of the inhabitants; your Kessils dont have to be running full "blue" to get good color from your corals...
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    Contrary to popular belief, the H80 can work quite well...
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    Peace mon!
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    Some snap shots of mine with and two bulb T5. Running an AP700 at 50% max with some red and green. Hoping to get a hybrid if they ever get them in stock. I love the light and the ease of control with the WiFi app. I used to have the A160s and needed more power. Growth has been great and with the T5, even better.
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    Some app photos. I those some weather conditions in there and run my lights from 9am to 10pm with a max intensity of 50% for 4 hours. If I tinker with the settings I try to do it in small increments. Corals are sensitive and will let you know if it's too much.
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    Have a small H80 in the sump, which works great for my chaeto.it is off at the moment.
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    Some more pics of my overcrowded tank. Duncans aren't too happy but they will bounce back.
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    "Like rays of life, shining down from above"
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    Nice thread and nice tanks!
     
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    Thanks @revhtree !!
     
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    16 kessil 360 N lighting my 700 gallon tank.

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    Wow. Nice Kessil chandelier.
     
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