Waterbox 25 peninsula! After 25 years of reefing..my first build thread

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I didn’t change this post because it’s correct for 14” above the waterline but I lowered the light and PAR was dramatically higher. Will post new results soon.


Rented a PAR meter today. Good news is with the 3D Reefing diffuser and 14”AWL the par readings are very flat from rock to sand and all around. I can achieve a par variance of <20 below 100 (80-100 total range) and <40 below 180 (140-180).
The bad news is I was hoping for some spots in the 200-300 range for some SPS. Perhaps I can find a lighting program that I like the color of with some more par.

I’m currently using the BRS LPS spectrum for a 60 cube and tweaking up and down from there. cranked all the way up it’s still not hitting SPS range. The diffuser cuts about 15% PAR so I can get there without the diffuser but I like the diffuser.

I can put some lower light stuff at 180, but it will be very limited.

I think I’ll need to be happy with an LPS tank unless I change lights.
 
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I run mine a little lower at 9-10" above the water. Different lights though... mine are Reefbreeder Photons. I've never used your lights. I'm shocked the PAR is so low though.

ok, I lowered my light and BAM! Par easily over 300 in a lot of spots. I had it mounted too high. Will post updated results soon.
 
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Bought a couple corals. Will get them mounted next weekend. Seem pretty happy.
 
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Did an ICP test. Kinda interesting. High on Mo, low on Co, low on Mn. Wonder if the Mo is from a magnet? Otherwise pretty good I think. I think Mn is kind of important. Will have to look into that.
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Did an ICP test. Kinda interesting. High on Mo, low on Co, low on Mn. Wonder if the Mo is from a magnet? Otherwise pretty good I think. I think Mn is kind of important. Will have to look into that.
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I'd check all magnets and pump impellers... does seem fishy (no pun intended)
 

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The only one I’d suspect is my two little fishies feeding ring. Great design, poor quality. But I don’t see anything visually.
I know there are a lot of reports of the magnets on those corroding
 
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If the reports are true about the magnets on the feeding ring I'd remove that for starters. I'd check the skimmer motor and impeller as well for pitting or corrosion.
I did a little digging and I don’t think the Moly is likely from a magnet. I am going to look into products that remove heavy metals.
 
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Power went out tonight. Rain storm, which I guess is rare in CA so… no power! I waited an hour then got out the generator, which is usually all it takes to get the power to come back on. Well, it’s been another hour and I’m glad I got it running. Tank is happy and so is my teenage daughter because I turned on the internet too!
 
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