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Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by Turner, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. Turner

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    Hi all.
    I have a new tank set up. 260ltr fluval bow front. aprox 25 kilos livemature rock. around 12 kilos of dead live rock.
    I have set it all up and it all seems to be going well up to now! [yahoo.gif] fingers crossed anyway.

    I have 3 pumps running in my tank. one behind the rocks, one at the side low down, and a Seio m1500 6000l/ph at the top of other side, is this to much flow or is it ok?? I dont have any pics as yet to post, as my bloody camera has decided to brake [016.gif]

    Turner
     
  2. LittleOcean

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    What inhabitants do you have,

    If they all look happy with it I'd say no [thumbup.gif]
     
  3. Turner

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    hi, thanks for the feed back.

    i only have 3 hermits. a couple of snails and 8 corals up to now, things seem to be moving nicely around the tank. and algi swwms to be movining off the glass, the tank is still maturing so getting a lot of algue at moment, corals are moving about but they are fully erect! so yes i think its doing ok.

    Cheers,

    turner
     
  4. LittleOcean

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    Sounds all good then [thumbup.gif] , you could always simulate a 'night' mode if one of your pumps has a fish safe start up stick it on a timer.

    I'll look out for your tank thread [thumbup1.gif]
     
  5. Turner

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    sorry i am new to all of this and not sure what it means, but i have just checked out your web site :))) do you do them led lights in day light effect and moon effect that would fit a fluval 260 litre tank set up? its around 4 ft by 2ft i guess?

    i will be putting pics on ere soon, when i get a new camera.

    Cheers

    Turner
     
  6. LittleOcean

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    Hi,

    By a night mode I just meant that if you thought the flow was a bit much in the tank you could have one pump turn off with a timer a night, and then back on in the day. It would only be advisable to do this if the pump that's used has a fish safe start up which means it flicks on for a short burst before starting, this allows any fish/shrimp sitting on the pump to swim off before getting sucked into the pump.

    Is it the Reef Beam LED's you mean, two would give you good coverage on 4ft, I don't have any moonlights in stock but you can get quite inexpensive strips of LED's from lighting stores, I think there's some threads on moonlights in the diy section.

    have you got the hood with your tank or is it open top?
     
  7. Turner

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    thanks. its got a hood with built in t5 white and a blue light!
    you cant just run one on its own, i want a nice moon setting for a chilled out tank for the evening and also they lovely to look at in the dark!

    if i was to Get LED lights. would they have to be on a stand over hanging the tank, Its a new tank set up. but want to do this as right as i can to keep me happy and the fish and corals i buy too [001_tt1.gif]

    Thanks

    Turner
     
  8. LittleOcean

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    If you want to keep your lights you have now then that will limit the LED lights you can use as the more powerful lights such as the Reef Beams need ventilation as they have cooling fans ontop.

    On the other hand something like an aquaray can fit under the hood neatly and wouldn't add too much heat.

    What Corals would you ideally be wanting to keep, as you could probably get away with the easier sps such as monti's keeping your T5's and having an aquaray or two, but if you want to go a bit more demanding I'd say you need to look at more T5's or more powerful LED's.. and possibly opening up the hood or go for a pelmet type arrangement as per Ged's tank in the tank diary section.

    hth

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  9. Kev

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    Here's how I mounted my led's to give you some more ideas to think about:

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  10. LittleOcean

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    Looks good Kev,

    That's one of your hood off options [thumbup.gif]
     
  11. Turner

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    no i want to prob get rid of the hood and get it under Leds. ones that can change like the luna cycle. do you know how much though it would be to get a set up of LEDs?

    I ave got a few soft corals ie leather heads and toads in up to now. a nice hammer, some diff coloured mushrooms. and a duncan, But when the cycle is done, i will be introducing a few more live stock to the tank [011.gif]






    and thats a good LED set up Kev :))) looks to be a nice bright blue for the corals. do they do a day light effect also them ones?

    Turner
     
  12. LittleOcean

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    If you want to replicate lunar cycles you may want to look at GHL-Profilux aquarium computers or Aquatronic computer, it gets a bit more expensive that way, is that what your after or just a timed cycle..?

    and yeh the KR-91's do daylight, they have whites and blues. [thumbup1.gif]
     
  13. Kev

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    [​IMG]

    Colour is not replicated well in my pics.

    You can have all 3 strips (2 white / 1 blue) on together. The center blue strip can be switched on alone. And just 3 of the blue led's for a great moonlight effect. You can get these with built in timer to control those different settings.
     
  14. Turner

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    nice one little ocean.

    I am just after a timed cycle with leds. if they are supposed to be better than a t5 tube this is. but as i said. i really want to be able to turn the bright light off at nite and have just the blues on to give a slight luna moonish look. so the corals light up [thumbup.gif]

    Thanks for the links. i will look on there now for lights:)

    many thanks
    Turner
     
  15. Turner

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    wow they look mint kev!

    how much is it for a set up like that. and a timer etc?

    i do fancy something very simular [001_tt1.gif]

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  16. Kev

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    Here's the ouch part. 38" with timer. Now about £800.00.

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  17. LittleOcean

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    Def better than one T5 tube, but multiple T5 tubes give a very good colour and good PAR ratings for corals when compared to lower power LED lighting.

    Something to consider when buying a unit with an integrated controller is if something goes wrong with the controller it tends to be expensive to fix. Where as if you get seperate moonlighting and whites you still have the flexibilty of control using timers but simpler individual units so less to go wrong.

    Personally I like the sound of two Reef Beam 120 units and then some moonlight LED strips as seperates.. but I would say that [wink.gif]
     
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    pmsl. :))) good sales pitch. and how much does all that come to in great british pounds!! [035.gif] is it scary! [oops.gif]

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    blimmey key. 800 quid! better sell my soul [012.gif] ok cheers it gives me somrthing to aim for in the future, looks smart that tank and nicely lit :)))

    Turner
     
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