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Old 09-01-2007, 01:18 AM   #11
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well right now i guess every things ok with the color.. i belive i have a 14k bulb.
as for mabey buying a 10k and adding some other lighting?
thats a no go..
i have no room on top of my tank.. its just a little square and the sun paq taks up 3/4 of the sapce and my protin skimmer takes the rest.
i am going to buy a 14 or mabey higher k bulb..
i need to find out how to combat this alage i have and get rid of it.. also i need to get 1 or 2 more fish in there as well and some new coral.. i been waiting for my tank to mature and i belive now it should be. its been up and running for about 8-9 months now.

how can i tell if its fully mature?

i will buy the bulb now off drfostersmith. should be here in a week or atleast i hope!! also i am going to pop 2 of my pulsing exzina off and give them out.. ziggy did ya want any?

i am heading to VA this weekend to that fish store beside you and if ya wanted it i would bring it down.. i am also fraging my mushroom coral.. its freaking huge.. no line its so big when it is full spread out its dia. is over 1/2 the size of my tank.. its shading my clam from light.
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Here is the brief review I did on Sanjay's lecture.
Note the fact that there is a link to Sanjay's reef lighting site, where he has tested bulbs, ballasts and assorted combinations of them.

Hopefully you will find this useful.
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Old 09-01-2007, 04:56 PM   #13
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Sanjay has definitely contributed a great deal of good info on lighting to this hobby.
As far as MH life span goes- briefly- generally higher K lamps need to be replaced more often. They usually start out w/ less PAR than lower K lamps and lose intensity quicker. I like to change mine at 11-13 months using 10 K lamps in a fixed mounting position.

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i need to find out how to combat this alage i have and get rid of it.. also i need to get 1 or 2 more fish in there as well
Not a good plan if you're already having nutrient/algae issues. Generally tanks are not considered fully mature and stable until a year- at least. There are many biological processing still going on that you can't test for. I would say when you have good params always and very little to no nuisance algae thats a decent sign your tank has matured and is stable. Increase fish=increase food input/waste=increased algae growth

Do a search on nuisance algae(hair, cyano, etc) on you'll get plenty of info. Here is a quick article on algae control- http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...q=2&fldAuto=14
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Old 09-01-2007, 09:23 PM   #14
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(Valonia spp) this is one form of alage i most certainly have!
(Hair Algae) this is another form of Alage i am having the most problem with!

i do have another type of alage but i am still loking for it on the web. i will post when i find it.

so heres my plan..

- i am going to do water changes every week 5g on a 30g tank
- buy new 150watt 14000K HQI bulb
- Increase water flow at top of tank. to do this i am going to move my maxi jet 600 a little closer to the top and point it directly at the surface. this pump will run 24-7.
- decrease lighting time to 8-9 hrs instead of 11-12 i have it set for now.
- decrease food giving to fish.. feed 3days.(mon,wed,fri) mabe some plankton on sun for coral. 1/4 tsp.
-buy yellow tang. (but i belive my tank might be too small)

now i do have a 25 watt UV light, but i have no Pump to run it, nor do i have any clue how to get the water to the light and back. The top of my tank is to small to hold another pump. If i was to use my UV light i would have to set it on floor or build a shelf beside the tank to place it on.

idea* is it possible to gravity feed the UV light and use a pump to pump the water back into the tank?
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In your review you listed his website as www.reeflightinginfo-arvixe.com but it is www.reeflightinginfo.arvixe.com
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Thanks, I will fix that.
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Old 09-03-2007, 08:32 AM   #17
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Any idea's on that UV light? how could i get the water to the light and back to the tank?

i dont have a sump or a HOB refuge any more.
i have 40lbs of LR and a reef-rdy bac-pac skimmer.
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Look up the manufacturer and product number of your unit online and use whatever pump or powerhead they recommend.
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Keep in mind that one 14k bulb does not equal another 14k bulb.

For 150w, I like the Pheonix 14k. I use it on my frag tank. it is whitish with a hint of blue. Started out really blue but it lightened up after burn in.

On my Display I am using Reeflux 10k's. They are a bright white but have an actinic hit that is real nice. My acros colored up big time with them. I am trying a XM 20k as I would like a bit bluer look but I think it might be too blue. I have actinic supplements. XM's, pheonix and the reeflux are good bulbs and are not too expensive. Usually run $50-60.

Really depends on your preference as stated above.
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Any idea's on that UV light? how could i get the water to the light and back to the tank?
You have to buy a pump. If you dont have a sump then you`ll need a HOB UV.
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