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Old 04-02-2018, 07:17 PM   #11
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If the bulbs fit itíll do the job.


Awesome. Thanks for the reply. I would love a 6 bulb ATI fixture but a itís just a bit out of my price range right now.
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Old 04-02-2018, 10:27 PM   #12
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So quick update.. tank has been running with sump and all new rock for about 2 weeks now with no issues. Finally decided on a SCA-301 skimmer which should be here early next week. For the light upgrade I went a different direction. Decided to go with a 4 bulb T5 fixture since T5s in my opinion tend to show acro colors a little better than LEDs. (atleast compared to the knock off full spectrum LEDS) Also did a bunch of fragging and thinning out of all the LPS I had and turned into credit for some acro and zoa pick ups. Will get some more pics once the skimmer/lights are set up and Iíve moved the last few acros from my cube tank but hereís a few current ones for now..
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Old 04-02-2018, 10:29 PM   #13
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Old 04-20-2018, 04:30 PM   #14
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Finally got the new light and skimmer up and running! Decided to start with 2 blue+ and 2 coral+ bulbs.
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I lowered the light to 6-7Ē off the water which really brought more color out in the acro frags I have atm. The purple Mille though started dying off in a couple places the following day so I moved it to the sand for now. Hopefully itíll recover with time.

As for the SCA skimmer Iím pretty pleased with it. The skimmer just loosely sits over the top of the pump which I found strange and the silencer connection to skimmer top is a bit wonky. For $95 though the thing is very quiet. The only noise you can hear is the bubbles coming from the bottom of the air adjustment tube which I hardly even notice. Production is pretty good too after 1 week and not having a chance to adjust its height in the water..
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Ordering my fuge light from amazon as well. Iíll post a link later today and would appreciate any comments or concerns you guys might have for it
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Things look solid so far. You might want to adjust the skim some to get a thicker and darker skim if the cup is filling up quickly.
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Things look solid so far. You might want to adjust the skim some to get a thicker and darker skim if the cup is filling up quickly.


Itís been filling about once a week. I got some plastic egg crate recently though so Iím still gonna fiddle with raising it some to get some darker/thicker skimmate. Its at 9Ē right now which from what Iíve read is a little deep for this skimmer.
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:09 AM   #17
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20 Long Reef w/ Sump

So hereís a picture and the link to the light I bought on amazon for my refugium:

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After some reading and watching a video on BRS, lights primarily of the red spectrum grow macros better than just a regular white grow light so I decided to try one out. Having 3 seperate bendable heads Iím thinking Iíll either use one or 2 above and then maybe try one or 2 on the sides of the fuge as well. Just an idea I had for when the chaeto clump gets a little too large to Ďtumbleí and I canít quite get around to harvesting it, this might ensure all parts of it are receiving light.

Anyway whats everyoneís thoughts on the refugium light? Any concerns?
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As long as whatever unit that is pushed enough power to the led units I wouldnít be too concerned. I ran similar ones on my diy setup on my 55 Reef. It did a good job as a refugium and worked even better as an algae turf scrubber.
Just make sure they stay dry. Mine absorbed small amounts of splashing and the salt corroded them to death.
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As long as whatever unit that is pushed enough power to the led units I wouldnít be too concerned. I ran similar ones on my diy setup on my 55 Reef. It did a good job as a refugium and worked even better as an algae turf scrubber.
Just make sure they stay dry. Mine absorbed small amounts of splashing and the salt corroded them to death.


Ya the staying dry part is something I will have to address with the skimmer being so close. Might try a thin sheet of acrylic under them. Planning on doing this with my T5 fixture as well since it doesnít have anything in terms of a splash guard.

The fuge light was cheap so I figured why not try it out. If it doesnít perform well/craps out at some point I have a spare finnex planted+ clip light that I can use. Might experiment & try combining the 2 as well
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Got around to raising the skimmer about an inch. Gonna fiddle with air intake for a week and see how it performs.

In other news I snagged a couple new acros today. Strawberry shortcake frag and some unknown blue acro. Iíll post pics in a little
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