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Old 05-05-2009, 08:03 PM   #151
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Thanks Mike. It's a simple, yet effective setup.

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How thick is your sand bed? How many bags did you use?
No sand in the sump and in the main tank it's anywhere from nothing where the flow blew it away to maybe 1.5". I think I used about 3 40lb bags of aragonite oolitic sand.
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Old 05-05-2009, 08:09 PM   #152
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120 lbs total for a 125 isn't bad. I only used 3 20lb bags of Fiji pink and about 20lbs of tropical play sand that I had in the shed from the previous owners and my sand bed looks way to thick. BTW Great looking tank. Your side of the basement gave me some good ideas on how to set up my plumbing.
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Old 05-30-2009, 03:30 PM   #153
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Too bad you don't have a PAR meter to measure the results, they look great though, good work!
I borrow a Apogee Quantum light meter from a member of my reef club. Here's the results from 6 different bulbs I tested. Not suprising is the #'s pretty much match the Performance Data from Sanjay's lighting site.
All these pics were taken with the MH lighting only and my camera set to manual, with the White Balance at 10K, so nothing changed for the pics except the light.

Iwasaki 15K

6" below bulb out of water - 1575
1" below surface - 625
12" below surface - 325
bottom - 200

XM 10K

6" below bulb out of water - 1630
1" below surface - 615
12" below surface - 275
bottom - 180

Coralife 5500K

6" below bulb out of water - 650
1" below surface - 310
12" below surface - 155
bottom - 110

XM15K

6" below bulb out of water - 500
1" below surface - 225
12" below surface - 110
bottom - 80

Ebay 14K

6" below bulb out of water - 470
1" below surface - 230
12" below surface - 115
bottom - 95

Hamilton 14K

6" below bulb out of water - 450
1" below surface - 205
12" below surface - 95
bottom - 85
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:42 PM   #154
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This makes it easier to compare the bulbs.

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Seems strange that the iwasaki and XM could have so much higher values then the same wattage bulbs. Not doubting your findings, just a curious observation.
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Not suprising at all, in fact it's just as I expected. If you check Sanjay's lighting site, you will see those 2 bulbs are among the highest output 175w bulbs.
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great info Larry, thanks!
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How did you hook up the fans to the temp controller? Where they regular fans at the sump or where they the computer fans that are in the canopy?
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Old 08-29-2009, 02:17 AM   #159
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I have 2 pc fans and a regular fan in the canopy and a regular fan over the sump. The regular fan in the canopy and the 1 over the sump are plugged into the Ranco temp controller. The 2 pc fans in the canopy are on a timer with the lights.
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Thanks, I saw the clip on fans in the pictures and kind of thought that was it. Just wanted to double check.
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