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Old 09-27-2012, 07:55 PM   #11
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Hey good morning. I was hoping you could help me with my lighting schedule. I have 55 gallon fowlr. I have 80 lbs of Caribbean seas base rock with a 4 or 5 inch live sand bed. My tank is 2 weeks old cycling I hope with 6 blue chromis who are doing excellent. I have a Tom rapids wet dry with a built in protein skimmer. I want to grow coraline on my rock. What should my light schedule be. 2 12000k sea world t5 white bulbs. And 2 t5 actinic blue bulbs. As well as 6 blue led moon lights. Please advise. Thanks
Coraline algae has a very broad range of acceptable light levels. It grows on power heads, under rocks and in areas that get little light. There are different kinds, but in general they are more sensitive to the amount of calcium available than light. I guarantee that if you do nothing but get your Alk and Cal numbers up, the algae will appear and you will be scraping it off of everything soon.

This is about 2 weeks accumulation on my front glass, you can imagine what everything else looks like! Time to get out my scraper.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:12 PM   #12
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Thanks for your advice. I appreciate it. Btw your tank is amazing. My wife and I love it.
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:27 PM   #14
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New pictures of finished frag system.

The concept is to have a very high intensity light in constant motion so a coral only gets illuminated by it for a few minutes per hour.

The tank is 6' long, 12" deep and 18" wide. Average PAR is 250 on the bottom, but as the DIY 200 watt LED travels over the area, it goes to 1200 PAR briefly, thats the hot spot you see in the pictures. This hot spot is meant to act like noonday sun is hitting the coral briefly each day. The light travels the length of the tank every 20 minutes. It and the algae scrubber are timed to work when the main reef tank is in sleep mode. The other two lights are Chinese 120 watt panels. The refuge is sitting next to the frag tank and all of that is plumbed into my main system. Lighting the refuge is a 200 watt LED tuned for algae growth.

One half (left) is set up with some new rock and fine crushed coral for stuff like clams I want on the bed, while the other side is set up with egg crate material to hold frag plugs, note one of the egg crates is setup on an angle to stimulate growth in a different direction. Now the fun begins. Everything either hand made or bought on EBay and Craigslist, about $1500 invested.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:34 AM   #15
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So far so good. Polyp extension has been excellent and I think I can see the caps growing visibly daily. Ordering a selection of tiny acro frags as further test subjects.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:37 AM   #16
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New shrimp (kind of a big one) is added to the quiet frag tank. He would be toast in the main reef. But here he comes out and cleans my hand while I am fiddling with corals. Used some of that nice quarried base rock and letting the system seed it.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:00 PM   #17
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Okay, bought frags from "Reef Pets" on EBay, with combined shipping got a good deal. Photos of actual frags look pretty small, but IMO, if my conditions are good enough the existing SPS varieties are growing, these should too. Will post actual pictures of the frags when they arrive next week.

Midnight Limeade Acropora
Blueberry Limeade Acropora
Aquamarine Bonsai Acropora
Ultra Blue Tip Plana Acropora
Radiant Blue Limeade Acropora
Ultra Australian Acropora
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Ultra Blue Tip Plana Acropora
Sour Apple Frogspawn LPS
Rainbow Sherbet Palythoas Palys Zoas
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Bought two clams. Will see how they do with the moving lights.
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Pics???? C'mon man! Lol nice pick on the corals, they look awesome.
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New pics from the frag tank. Brightest areas are where the moving light is concentrated to over 1000 PAR.
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