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Old 01-26-2015, 09:06 PM   #1921
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Was able to get a quick video of my marine betta intimidating me.
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:57 PM   #1922
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Yeah, you need a handful of par 38's and direct them at all the dark areas....like they do in Japan--

Not the cleanest look, but it seems like everything is getting enough light. For a taller tank wouldn't penetration be a problem?

Also, I couldn't play the video of the betta, Hank. How closely are marine bettas related to the freshwater species? My "normal" betta has similar intimidation tactics :p
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I don't think they are related at all. But it uses the big spot on the back of it to look like an eye and intimidate things. It really shoots out from the rocks rear first explodes as large as it can. It is really cool, but every time the phone is involved to record it, it doesn't do it like normal.
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Not the cleanest look, but it seems like everything is getting enough light. For a taller tank wouldn't penetration be a problem?
How tall are we talking? Under 3' shouldn't be too much of a problem.
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Ecotech got back to me. They say it is the lenses and that I should swap out to their wide angle lenses.
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Old 01-27-2015, 06:10 PM   #1926
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Ecotech got back to me. They say it is the lenses and that I should swap out to their wide angle lenses.

Thats probably just to get you to toss them some more money lol.


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Old 01-27-2015, 06:17 PM   #1927
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How tall are we talking? Under 3' shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Thought I heard somewhere that par38's don't penetrate deeper tanks very well... maybe it's just that they just don't cover a particularly wide area (which the Japanese setups seem to have solved.)

Also, it makes sense about the ecotech lenses and light spread, but still kind of annoying that you have to switch out lenses for such an expensive light.
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Well they didn't come out with the wide angle lens until a year after I had bought them. Things are always changing and always improving. That is the beauty of commerce and capitalism. I wouldn't be happy with a company not trying to improve their product. My gut tells me that we will be seeing another great change coming out of Ecotech in the shape of a powerhead in the coming months. The MP40 is pretty old at this point and expect the sale on them to point towards a new powerhead coming.
BUT, back on topic, the wide angle lenses are only like 35 bucks a piece, drop in the bucket for Ecotech quality...especially when you want to have a tank run totally by their products.
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Thought I heard somewhere that par38's don't penetrate deeper tanks very well... maybe it's just that they just don't cover a particularly wide area (which the Japanese setups seem to have solved.)

Also, it makes sense about the ecotech lenses and light spread, but still kind of annoying that you have to switch out lenses for such an expensive light.
They are groups of 3 watt LEDs if I'm not mistaken. 3 watters should penetrate just fine.
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Well, pretty excited. Two RMS are now headed in my direction. No more obnoxiously hung lights from my ceiling. Now, once I clear things up with Ecotech about the different optics helping my tank, I'll have a busy week off.
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