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Old 12-12-2012, 08:51 PM   #11
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I don't have the vega's but I do have the sol's, which are actually a little more powerful. I started too high too soon and nuked a lot of coral. Now after months of tinkering and adjustment, I have landed on a setting of 35% white and 45% blue for peak intensity settings. I have 2 units hanging roughly 18" from the water over my 57 gallon reef.
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You could also have someone in your area bring a PAR meter by. If you know the PAR of your original lights, you could adjust the new lights to the same PAR. I do this on new setups all the time. It's nice to not have to guess.
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Right makes sense right now I'm going to leave the settings the way they are for a week then increase the intensity. I don't think it is reccomended to increase as much as 5% a day.
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You could also have someone in your area bring a PAR meter by. If you know the PAR of your original lights, you could adjust the new lights to the same PAR. I do this on new setups all the time. It's nice to not have to guess.
That would be awesome who might have a par meter?
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You can actually rent them online in some places - and some good reef stores will have them to borrow/rent as well.

I would agree - 5% a day is a big adjustment. 5% a week is more in line with what I'd suggest based on my early experience with higher powered LEDs with installed optics.
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Correct that's more of what I was thinking 5% a week and observe the corals closely.
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lol when I say per day, I was gonna say 5% per day and up to a weeks. lol sry for the missing info there
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It's alright I have a vague idea for what to do but just like hearing personal experience and results.
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It's alright I have a vague idea for what to do but just like hearing personal experience and results.
The bottom line is allowing the zooanthelic algae in the coral to adjust to the new spectrum and intensity of the light. That takes time as you want it to happen gradually.
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The bottom line is allowing the zooanthelic algae in the coral to adjust to the new spectrum and intensity of the light. That takes time as you want it to happen gradually.
That's makes a lot of sense and I would rather go slow then to fast. Was also thinking about possibly doing 1% or 2% every other few days just to increase it slower.
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