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Old 11-15-2008, 04:24 PM   #191
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yeah, just gotta be tight enough to seal, right?

I'm hoping to get the CL plumbed up and then fill the tank and let it run while I work on the plumbing for the sump/fuge and returns, then let it all stand for a week or so before I move it inside.
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Old 11-15-2008, 05:41 PM   #192
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Old 11-15-2008, 08:09 PM   #193
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Old 11-15-2008, 08:10 PM   #194
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Old 11-15-2008, 08:26 PM   #195
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Hey Ray,
As soon as the tank's ready, I'll make a trip. If you look at the pics, it's kinda dry yet and I don't think the corals would survive. lol

That and you guys said I had to wait at least a month before adding corals. It's your rule, not mine.
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Old 11-15-2008, 08:48 PM   #197
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Very well done!. Looks great.

On a side note, just curious to why you choose Reeflux bulbs. They are 1 of the weakest 175w bulbs as far as PPFD. Here an article Sanjay wrote on those bulbs. From the article....
"The Coralvue 12000K lamps are also poor performers in terms of PPFD values..."
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"There is basically nothing in these lamps that makes them stand out among the crowd of low cost, low output metal halide lamps that have recently swamped the hobby.".
Here's a few charts from Sanjay's site. PPFD - Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density, CCT - Correlated Color Temperature. This is the actual kelvin temp(color) of the bulbs.
Reeflux performance
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Old 11-16-2008, 02:06 PM   #199
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Larry, thanks for that info. I perused Sanjay's site a while back and all I got out of it was a headache at the time.

I got the bulbs cheap, and everything that I had read about them was good, everyone who had them loved them, stating that the 12000K bulbs provided basically what I'm after - It's in the lower K range providing for better coral growth, but didn't exhibit the visual aesthetics of being in that range. I run 10000K bulbs on my FW tanks, and for this tank I really wanted something with more blue in it, while still providing for good coral growth.

I got a pair of bulbs, used less than a week, for $50 shipped. I figured for $25/bulb it was worth a shot.
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Old 11-16-2008, 05:11 PM   #200
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There's water in the tank!

Closed loop is running with the mag7, I'm gonna go buy a different coupler and setup the 9.5 and see what that looks like, I don't think the 7 is giving me the flow I want.
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