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Philips CoralCare Gen 2 - my tank journal

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beautiful, I am considering 2 of those for my new build. Do they have lunar option? also any idea if they release some kind of mounting arm?
and last, could you please share your schedule? I would like to see how it looks.

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I believe you could set it to very low intensity for a lunar effect but I do not do this and I don’t believe it’s built into the app. I’ll take a closer look after work.

Here is my current schedule, which was made to replicate my Radion schedule.

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Here’s a shot of some corals during the “whitest” part of my schedule, which isn’t very white at all but enough that the sandbed is white.


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And a shot under very white lighting:

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And for those blue lovers like myself, blues only:

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Here’s a quick PAR map I put together during the blue part of my schedule. Measurements were taken with the light 8” from the water surface

When I set the light up, I essentially aimed to “mimic” my Radion schedule. Since I don’t have a spectrometer, I used an Apogee 210 and eye-balled it. The result: the top 1/3 of the tank is receiving a very slight bump in PAR, while the lower 2/3 received a significant boost.

Please note that I am aware the 210 is not the best tool for the job, but it’s what I have. I used the same device to measure PAR from my previous light, so the comparison should be pretty fair.









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What do you use to edit a picture like this for the par map? I like this...it's much better than my first attempted pencil and paper strategy...
 
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What do you use to edit a picture like this for the par map? I like this...it's much better than my first attempted pencil and paper strategy...
An app called “Phonto” for iPhone :)
 

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Hello!

With the highly anticipated release of this new light, I figured I would start a thread chronicling my experiences with it. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to test this light and look forward to providing y’all with some honest feedback. I will be updating this thread with info such as light schedule, PAR map, coral progression, and general feedback.

My tank is just over two years old and is SPS dominant. Dimensions are 20x20x20” - a little overkill for a nano, but it will soon be going on my 50 gallon upgrade. My previous light was a XR30 G4 Pro, which I enjoyed very much. The CoralCare G2 has big shoes to fill, but so far I am very impressed.

My initial impressions:
- Very well built. This thing is a TANK. All metal body with a glass panel.
- Excellent coverage/spread. Getting much more PAR in the corners of the tank versus the Radion.
- Awesome color rendering. The coral do not appear “washed out” even under full blues.

I’ve only had the light over the tank for three days, so you’ll have to stick around to see how well it grows and colors coral. For now, here are some quick pics I’ve snapped since I got the light mounted.

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Please feel free to ask any questions you have and I will answer them to the best of my ability!
whats your light settings of the philips here
 

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