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Glad to hear they are doing great! how is the coloration of SPS? growth? can you show us a pic of the tank under full lighting?
 

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I can't comment on growth yet as the corals are still acclimating to the new lights but definitely check it out a month or two from now. Currently the maximum intensity was brought up to 60% couple of days ago, from 50%.

I tried mixing reds with greens but still didn't like it, thus the reason replacing all with UVs. Actually, I like the color better now, than before. With red/green/orange florescence and white LEDs there's enough of those colors in the tank. Don't see a need for extra greens/reds.

I will post the pictures when I get a chance, will try to use the same settings as before.
 

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Here's FTS /w LEDs only, currently at 60% for white and blues. Not the greatest shot as it was taken during the day and there's reflection all over the glass, but you get the idea. It doesn't look all that bad with LEDs only, although it is quite different from the look it had with T5s only.



and I decided to take some pictures of my fishes, these are taken with all channels at 100%.

Mandarin goby.. very glad he's still doing well after 5 years





Clown goby.. this little guy is doing great!



More shots of the clown goby. The pocillopora behind him needs to go, if anyone is interested let me know.





RBTA and clowns



Favias



With the LED fixtures, I was able to take top down shots that look ok. RBTA opens up really big under LED, and it has killed half of my bright neon green monti cap.. :(



Various frags on the frag rack..



This teal millie has unlikely florescence on UV light.. not obvious here



need to frag that green monti-whatever, fell off of a rock while cleaning the glass. Here you see all 4 colors form LEDs - white, blue, royal blue, UV. The difference is obvious from the reflections.



Another attempt at FTS /w UVs only, at 100% and camera settings adjusted to show the reflection of the violet color off of any surface without florescence pigments



right side of the tank under UV lighting only. Various florescence is visible - hammer, hydnopora, sunset monti, hairy millie, strawberry millie, favia..



So far, I'm very happy with the new LED lights, and I am not too worried about SPS corals under it, at least those that I've had. All seem to be doing fine, but the growth is not something I can conclude yet.
 

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Nice nice pics! and thank you for taking the pics. man that's one huge ponci you got there. I myself have a small colony. The stars from this shoot are your fishes. Mandarin looks amazing. and even the goby looks great. These fishes look awesome once they settle in the aquarium don't they.
 

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Yes, it was a gamble on the Mandarin, especially when I had the sixline wrasse harrasing him for years. Now the sixline's gone, Mandarin's been happily roaming around looking for prey all around the aquarium and he looks good.

I think LEDs killing SPS is over exaggerated. As I said before, I will compare my T5 vs new LED 6 months after (5 months to go now). At least for now, there's no negative signs from any of the SPS corals I have.
 

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Yes, it was a gamble on the Mandarin, especially when I had the sixline wrasse harrasing him for years. Now the sixline's gone, Mandarin's been happily roaming around looking for prey all around the aquarium and he looks good.

I think LEDs killing SPS is over exaggerated. As I said before, I will compare my T5 vs new LED 6 months after (5 months to go now). At least for now, there's no negative signs from any of the SPS corals I have.
for now I do not see negative effect also and visiting people said that Setosa, Birdnest and another SPS are growing like crazy

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It's been a couple of months already, and I have taken off the single T5 bulb that was still running along with LedZeal. Everything appears to be doing well, and here's latest FTS. I included light fixture to show the color of LEDs.



All montis are growing well, and LPS growth I think is better - thus the reason that I had to put the largest coral for sale (green hammer). It has begun to smother and kill the lovely orange/green encrusting monti..

The color of large fat acro isn't so good, not sure what's going on there. I had a water quality issue a while back, and also discovered my refugium wasn't getting tank water - pipes were all clogged up after 5 years of operation without maintenance - and I suspect this was the cause for Chaeto not growing, and stunting growth of SPS since Alk/Ca dosing enters refugium first.
 

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Yuri overall your tanks looks beautiful I like how your colonies shape the reef, are you happy so far with the change?
I know is very hard to judge from a picture vs seeing the tank in person I hope I can come to visit one day;) no t too far away:D
 

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Yuri overall your tanks looks beautiful I like how your colonies shape the reef, are you happy so far with the change?
I know is very hard to judge from a picture vs seeing the tank in person I hope I can come to visit one day;) no t too far away:D
Thanks Alex! I'm happy with the change so far. Overall, the performance is satisfactory, up to my expectations. I wonder if the fat acro is getting too much light, I may lower the intensity by 20% and keep it there for a while.
 

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so, after two months. how's the SPS doing now with refugium cleaned and stuff.
In short, there's no adverse effect on the lighting change (good or bad) - most SPS continues to do well under LED, except one - fat yellow acro - which is still alive but mostly browned out (top left of the FTS).



Refugium is getting better, finally macro algae's are growing in it. There are still some hair algae found in main tank, but much less than before.

Overflow bubble trap


I came across this the other day, exactly what I've been looking for years!



Unfortunately, this is not available for purchase in Canada, and I have no patience to build one myself using acrylic plates. So, I decided to give it a try with something made of off the shelf products. Found one that would fit in my sump at Walmart - made by lock and lock.

Here's the photo of it along with other pieces.





While it does not eliminate bubbles entirely, there's very little escaping this box now, and I was able to remove filter sock which is also used to trap the bubbles.



Also, SWX 160 has been replaced with CadLights PLS-100 skimmer. Although rated for up to 120G, the new skimmer has a collection cup whose size is less than 1/4 of SWX 160's. I can't comment on its performance yet but it is tiny!

There are other changes coming. My MP40W requires big maintenance on its wetside, or entirely a new one. I'm thinking of trying out Jebao units instead of purchasing the new wetside of MP40.
 

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Tank looks great Yuri, I love the idea of the container to trap the bubbles I might copy that from you:D......
In regards to the MP40 wet side I was in the same situation 2 weeks ago someone gave me 2 mp40s with not wet part and I was trying to decide if to buy the wet part or try the jebo...ummm let me tell you Im loving this Jebo powerbeads they are powerful, small and easy to use plus you then can communicate wireless to work together......I would highly recommend you to try them out,,ohhh and not even comment about the price you can get 3 jebos with what you get just 1 mp40:D
 

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I would be interested in the performance you get from the PLS-100. I was running that on a 60 gallon system with a heavy load and I have to say I was not impressed at all. It may be just the load was too much for it.
 

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I would be interested in the performance you get from the PLS-100. I was running that on a 60 gallon system with a heavy load and I have to say I was not impressed at all. It may be just the load was too much for it.
I must say I wasn't impressed in the beginning, but it seems to be doing the job now. It was very tricky to get it dialed in, and my water level was too high for it. Now, it generates consistent skimmate (still rather wet skimmates but I don't want to fiddle with it any more).



So, I was thinking of getting another skimmer first couple of days but looks like I can live with it for now. There aren't many skimmers that will fit in my sump without making heavy modifications to it (it was designed for my original skimmer, Tunze 9010, which has the x10 size of the collection cup of PLS-100).

I don't know why the skimmer looks so big on this picture, it's actually very small.

The old and new skimmers side by side.

 

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Tank looks great Yuri, I love the idea of the container to trap the bubbles I might copy that from you:D......
In regards to the MP40 wet side I was in the same situation 2 weeks ago someone gave me 2 mp40s with not wet part and I was trying to decide if to buy the wet part or try the jebo...ummm let me tell you Im loving this Jebo powerbeads they are powerful, small and easy to use plus you then can communicate wireless to work together......I would highly recommend you to try them out,,ohhh and not even comment about the price you can get 3 jebos with what you get just 1 mp40:D
Got two RW-8s, wirelessly linked to each other. While I can't say each are as powerful as MP40s, overall this product is a good value for money. I wasn't able to utilize all the fancy features of MP40, and the Jebao units provide just enough features that work, and it's very quiet compared to MP40s. Guess this MP40 will head to classified section soon.

I can see the growth & changes in corals from comparing the two photos. that's awesome. Nice bubble trap by the way.
The growth is definitely there, and colors from most SPS are good, so overall I'm happy with it so far. Before purchasing this fixture, I read so many stories about LEDs and SPS corals, and I was a little concerned too even though
there were equally many success stories.

The bubble trap does a good job for me. It makes the sump much quieter, and eliminates all the issues associate with overflow drain very well, and I can live without the filter sock, which I believe is helping with my refugium situation as well, which is now full of critters and other life forms and macro algaes flourishing and stays bright green. Anyone with similar overflow drain issues please give it a try.

By the way, my LED lighting is definitely promoting strong green florescence. Some of my blue tort frags has turned almost bright neon green.
 

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Problems!

I was away for a month during Christmas. I thought I had it all figured out and automate all necessary steps to keep this system running for a month but as usual something happened - Tunze ATO pump failed and this was discovered too late, and happened when I was still 2 weeks away from returning home from the trip.

I had a friend perform emergency top-off and other fixes to make it running until I got back. When I got back, I found most of the delicate corals gone, and my favorite fish - Mandarin Goby. :(

I got Tunze ATO to replace aqualifter + double floater switch ATO setup, thinking that the Tunze would be more reliable for long trips like this. :mad: I do like Tunze products but this was totally unexpected, and very disappointed of course.

Due to ATO not working, there wasn't enough water in the system to allow the return pump to send water back up from the sump, and this caused temperature issue as well since all my heaters are in the sump. Salinity shift to well beyond 1.26 + cold water, followed by sudden correction of the salinity level probably shocked many inhabitants of the tank, and also lost the Crocea Clam..

After constant water changes (5G at a time) things are looking better for those that are still alive (most larger colonies survived) and slowly making a come back now. Hair algae is still everywhere though. I'll post some pics next few days...
 

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oh no!
I hope you let Tunze know how their product failed you...
That's really too bad about the mandarins - you used to talk about them a lot when I would go out to your place to pick up frags - and that was a very, very long time ago.
 

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That is very unfortunate. I also have to travel and need my system to "take care of itself" for a couple of weeks at a time.

I hope you have better luck with Tunze than I have.
 
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