Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 11-30-2003, 08:28 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Lake Crystal Minnesota
Posts: 388
Changing from NO to PC's, how do I do it?

I am changing from normal out fluerescent to PC's and I was wondering how everyone goes about it. I had a friend that put his VHO's on and he had a huge algae outburst. I have heard a few different things to do.

1. Use your old lights the same routine and turn on the more powerful lights for like an hour at the middle of the day to let them get used to the more powerful light. Each week then add an hour until it is on close to the same amount of time as the NO light.

2. Just use the new lights for an hour the first week, 2 the next week, three the next week and so on.

Are there any other ways that I can go about doing this. Any help would be great.

Thanks,
Josh
__________________

__________________
Joshsmit56001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2003, 12:30 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: So Cal
Posts: 412
you can do either of the above methods above, buti would suggest using the first one if you can still use the old lights with the new.
__________________

__________________
BBReef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2003, 02:14 AM   #3
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Quote:
2. Just use the new lights for an hour the first week, 2 the next week, three the next week and so on.
I would just use the new ones.. but only break the cycle by half.. if you use your lights for 12 hours, use them for 6 hours, and then increase by 30 min a day until back to normal....It shouldn't be that bad.... I went from 160 watts of NO to 384 of PC and I really didn't miss a minute... I had no problems... The suggestion I gave is somewhat common when changing light sources...
__________________
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2003, 09:51 AM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Virginia
Posts: 2,256
Send a message via ICQ to fishfreek Send a message via AIM to fishfreek Send a message via MSN to fishfreek Send a message via Yahoo to fishfreek
One reason for your friends huge outbreak was two fold. The increase in light intensity aswell as probably an abundance of nutrients in the water that the algae could feed off of.

Cutting the lighting cycle and slowly increasing it is a good idea like everyone suggested. Another thing to consiter is the more intense the light the more heat it will introduce into the tank so monitor your water temperature while your increasing your light exposure to make sure the tank's temperatures not climbing due to the brighter lights.
__________________
Remember dont tap the glass, your fish will think you're an idiot -Anonymous mother

Check out our articles area. 30+ Aquatic articles for your enjoyment
Are you in or around the Shenandoah Valley area? If so click here to join our regional forum.
fishfreek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2003, 04:34 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Lake Crystal Minnesota
Posts: 388
I have a fan built in to my hood so I won't have a problem with over heating. How can you decrease your abundance of nutrients in the water so you won't have such a bad outbreak? How would you change your lights from NO to PC's fishfreek??

Thanks,
Josh
__________________
Joshsmit56001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2003, 04:43 PM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Virginia
Posts: 2,256
Send a message via ICQ to fishfreek Send a message via AIM to fishfreek Send a message via MSN to fishfreek Send a message via Yahoo to fishfreek
Water changes, using RO water, less frequent feedings.

TO change from NO to PC or NO to VHO you need to change not only yoru bulbs but also your endcaps (vho and PC's are not only hotter but PC's use different types of connectors. You also need to change out your florecent ballast to a ballast that is rated to work with power compact bulbs.

www.ahsupply.com sells power compact ballast/wiring kits. If your current hood is plastic then i would suggest changing that aswell because high output pc blubs can really do a number on plastic hoods.
__________________

__________________
Remember dont tap the glass, your fish will think you're an idiot -Anonymous mother

Check out our articles area. 30+ Aquatic articles for your enjoyment
Are you in or around the Shenandoah Valley area? If so click here to join our regional forum.
fishfreek is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
changing

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
PC's good enough?? ntswift Saltwater Reef Aquaria 26 04-03-2006 07:12 PM
PC's for my 55 Gallon. pitt420dude Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 10-10-2005 03:20 PM
How long do PC's last? gear-head Saltwater Reef Aquaria 7 04-04-2005 11:56 PM
orbit pc's gallagherjim General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 5 03-17-2005 04:42 PM
screw in pc's tyler Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 9 12-16-2002 04:30 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.