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Old 03-17-2012, 07:27 PM   #11
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I'm not very good with led lights but I don't think you have enough
you should be around 265 watts
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:32 AM   #12
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I thought he reported water quality was okay...will re-read, but you are right.
Spot on was reported, maybe it is, but without numbers, that's hard to quantify.

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Hello again,
Thanks for everyone's input so far. I dont have testing kits, so tank only gets tested about once a month or whenever I make it to the lfs. Two weeks ago I had Ca of 520, 0 phosphates, 0 nitrates. I have two big bottles of Oceans blend 1 and 2, but never use it with fear of over dosing and no way to check measures. I'll get it checked in the next few days and report back. I do the weekly 5 gallon water changes and figured that had me covered.
I was under the assumption that I had plenty of light for these particular corals. Do I have that wrong? The par bulbs are only 6 inch above the water due to being mounted inside the canopy. Aesthetically very pleasing but always wondered if this was effecting their output?
Yes I am from Gainesville, Home of the Gators..

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The calcium seems a bit high. But that rarely causes much problem because calcium will drop out of solution if it gets much higher.
The PAR38 LED bulbs may not be strong enough to deliver the PAR you need for strong coral growth. I tend to go with about +2 watts of LED for every gallon when using just LED in a tank as deep as mine is (36").
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I installed the par bulbs with the idea of spotlighting certain corals with higher light demands. These coupled with the 4 t5 bulbs i thought would be plenty for corals I'm interested in, mainly soft and lps, with a couple montipora being spotlighted.
Im begining to wonder, the red cap ive had for two months hasnt done a thing but become a less bright red.

The Ca reading I posted was measured right after a water change, so maybe that is why it was a little high?
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Sounds like you are on the right path. Sometimes it just takes time and fiddling with your flow patterns.
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I changed my flow up last night and am going to up my water change volume to 10 gallons per week and see if that helps..any other ideas?
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I changed my flow up last night and am going to up my water change volume to 10 gallons per week and see if that helps..any other ideas?
Just try to be sure you get the water parameters in order as best you can.
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Do you ever feed your coral? Once I started feeding they took off.
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I don't feed mine...they grow like weeds. They get some supplemental food from the fish food, but I don't do anything special.
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