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Old 04-15-2011, 02:16 AM   #581
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good luck finding them in that thing

My snails and crabs are often hard to find in my 55g. Although I do enjoy watching them!
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:40 AM   #582
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I will wait a week then I will try and find life again... if I do I will buy more.
The first time my hermit changed shells I thought he was dead... and my snail was hiding I went through 24 hours of depression... but then he appeared. Now I will watch for a week or more and when they show up again I will buy more.
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Old 04-16-2011, 02:09 AM   #583
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So... I got my controller today WOOT! But I didn't get to set it up. I was working on modifying my cooling system for my lights... because I "Need" my lights right now.
Why would I need my lights you say. Because I got a piece of plate coral (broken off not sure of type... still needs to color up maybe?) I also got a branching coral that is not properly attached to the puck... but it's all good.

A point of interest... these pictures were taken with my video camera and the color is way off... but here you go.



P.S. I know they will die and I know that they will not be happy. But since I'm new to corals I kinda want to see what they can survive/how long.
Also I'm running on less then half my LED's so they might not be getting enough light. New LED's are in shipping as I type this.
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:34 PM   #584
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WOW... that took a long time... I finally got my Apex set up... 21 outlets to program... but I need to add some programing to 12 of them. My tank is now going to have a sun rise/set based on time of year, Temp swings like they are supposed to, Moon lights, doing the time/brightness. Cooling systems coming on when they are needed for my lights. Lights shutting off if they get too hot (to prevent them burning out again)

All and all I'm happy so far... Time for fish
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:57 PM   #585
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thats some crazy automatic system you have there! no more worries at least
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:17 AM   #586
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Wow! I didn't know lights were capable of doing all of that. That would be super sweet but overkill for me and too much on my budget.

That will be so fun to watch.
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:04 AM   #587
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I've also heard of LED systems that dim in spots to replicate clouds moving across the tank. Very cool stuff but very much out of my budget lol
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.... I don't have any cloud "stuff" because this was a DIY lighting system... But the apex is what does all the on/off of the lights. I just have "zones" that turn on/off independently. I have 12 zones in total. If I care to make the lights turn on/off more gradual in the future, I could make a total of 60 zones but that would take another 6 EB8's... so it's not on my to do list. For my 12 zones I have 5 blue 4 white and 3 warm white.
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Ahh sorry I haven't read the whole thread. I've been looking at a lot of LED lighting. As much as I would like it its just not practical right now. Was the DIY route significantly cheaper ?
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If you know how to barter... I would say a resounding yes. And even if you don't it will still be a bit cheaper I'm sure. How much cheaper is hard to say... it depends on if you are going to be doing the same light power or if you are going to be going slightly stronger/way stronger.
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