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Old 08-22-2010, 12:01 AM   #401
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me too I'll never get to see the "real" thing. Just the thought of putting on a snorkle gives me a panic attack.
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Old 08-22-2010, 04:14 AM   #402
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Once again, I agree with Jimbo.
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:15 PM   #403
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Whichever reflectors you used would have to be mounted pretty high for 2 to cover a 6' tank.

This may help. It's Sanjays latest reflector test.
Product Review: Analyzing Reflectors: Lumenbrite III, Lumenmax Elite, Lumenmax, and Lumenarc III | Advanced Aquarist's Online Magazine
"The reflectors seem to fall into 2 separate groups, Group 1, the Lumenarc and the Lumenmax and Group 2 comprising Lumen Brite and Lumenmax Elite. The Group 1 reflectors seem to be better at providing a wider coverage, whereas the group 2 reflectors tend to focus the light slightly more creating higher peak values and smaller spread."

"The Lumenarc III and the Lumenmax reflectors provide a large area of light coverage and hence are more suitable for tanks wider than 3 ft. The reflector will be able to provide a higher intensity deeper in the tank, thus making it a better choice for someone looking to light a wide tank that is deeper than 30", or for providing the ability to grow higher light corals lower in the tank."

"The Lumenbrite and Lumenmax elite are more suitable for tanks 3ft or less in width. They tend to provide a more focused coverage and higher peak values than the Lumenmax and Lumenarc reflectors. This can allow for better use in taller tanks, as more light can reach the bottom, or allow for higher placement of the lights thus reducing the heat dissipating in the water, or allow for higher light values to be obtained lower in the tank."
Yeah, I don't think 2 is going to cut it for a 6' tank. I am going to get some LEDs for the middle.
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After being gone for a week, everything in the tank is still looking good...whew. I hired somebody from an lfs to come by a few times to change out the top-off water and I setup my Neptune Apex device so I could remotely access my tanks parameters from my blackberry. Both were worth the extra piece of mind.
Before I left I also got a Vortech battery backup, an auto-feeder and a backup float switch... all of these helped with piece of mind too.
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Old 08-23-2010, 12:40 AM   #405
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How bout some pics, tank and vacation.
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Old 08-23-2010, 04:39 AM   #406
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Awesome. Good preparedness.
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How bout some pics, tank and vacation.
Here are a couple from the vacation, I love the color of the water in these tropical places our fish and coral come from. It makes me like aquaculture even more.....
view from the condo.

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Did you have an underwater camera? Nice sunset.
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wow man that looks amazing. Once again, super jealous. Hope you had a good time and got to relax.
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wow man that looks amazing. Once again, super jealous. Hope you had a good time and got to relax.
+1 haha
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