New tank? How many for a 36"x24"x24? The price looks good
I’m adding a shallow 34g grow out system to my main tank.
You might be able to get away with 2 for your tank. I’ll be setting this up soon and will let you know the par numbers.
May I ask why are you changing from T5 to LED? It looks like you were having amazing results running T5.
I love the Kessil/led bar combo! It’s been my light combo for the past 5-6 years. I was really considering going with four 500x’s mounted high with either 55 or 35 degree lenses, but couldn’t really justify the cost at the moment. I think 30% to 50% color is the sweet spot with Kessil’s, especially with LED bars providing the blue fill light. You’ll notice the blues will start to come out of your acropora in short order.
Are you getting any shading at all with a single a500x? That was my biggest concern.
Nice build Perry. I have 2 160we's on my 30x12x12 acro tank, 6in off the water, and they grow/color sps really well. You can also burn them very easily, so ramp slowly. I run at 60% Int and 25% color at my peak and I use the kessil controller, I actually like it lol. Cheers
hey perrry, I also have a 3ft reef tank. mine is a mixed reef with lps and sps. how high do you run ph. ive found that after I go over the 8.33 mark I see a declilne in alk consumption based off my triton testing.. what ph have you found to be best in terms of sps growth?Thank you for the kind words!
I also like the controller, so easy to use Thanks for the heads up, I am taking things slowly, even went offline with 2 part and will make daily corrections until I match previous usage as I did with t5 setup. @30% color, with 2 blue reef bars, its way too blue for me, so I will acclimate with color from my original setpoint, then begin slowly increasing intensity. At least that's the plan
Hello,hey perrry, I also have a 3ft reef tank. mine is a mixed reef with lps and sps. how high do you run ph. ive found that after I go over the 8.33 mark I see a declilne in alk consumption based off my triton testing.. what ph have you found to be best in terms of sps growth?
I agree perry, I seen a large amount of growth and alk consumption when I got the ph scrubber and set up the recirculate method. I went from 8.2 to 8.4 daily. there is a large amount of growth being left behind with ppl at the 8.1 range. at 8.3 I literally doubled my alk consumption per day.. im still testing and trying to figure out why I drop alk consumption if I go over 8.4 some ppl ive read having great results at 8.5, either way im happy with my system. im trying to get my hands on a par meter now so I can figure out what kind of par im giving my sps with this new Neptune sky light.Hello,
To be fair, this current system is the only one, in 16 years of sps, that I tested or measured ph. 8.33 is a great number, I peak at 8.2, but family of 4, smaller home, in Florida, ahhhhh, I digress. I have been trying to reach 8.3, but through my efforts, still not there. That said, as long as I am 7ish on alk, I can't get too upset with ph. I like a lower alk, that to me is where I see "my" best results for acro growth and color. It's a more forgiving number with lowered nutrients. My system runs inherently low for "tested" nutrients, but my throughput is heavy, heavy in, heavy out. I am still chasing ph, fuge lit opposite cycle, drawing fresh air to my skimmer, dripping kalkwasser, and still not at the 8.3 number, so if you are there, kudos, sustain and keep alk stable to nutrient levels, higher alk with higher nutrients, and vice-versa. I would focus more on consistent feeding/ throughput and consistent alk and temp. To me, in this, ph sort of falls where it may