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Bob, it's really something special. Well done. I was wondering if you could talk about your lighting decision some more. I know you tried out some nice LEDs, but ended up preferring the halides. What helped you make that decision?
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Originally posted by 80cent 80cent wrote:

Bob, it's really something special. Well done. I was wondering if you could talk about your lighting decision some more. I know you tried out some nice LEDs, but ended up preferring the halides. What helped you make that decision?


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Ended up going with halides instead of LEDs...

in my case, I would have had to pick up 2 more Kessils - at a cost of close to $800 - to fully light this tank. I was able to get a (3) 250w halide setup for less than $200... with LumenMax Elite3 reflectors, and Icecap eballasts. So that is the direction I went.

Running (2) Maxxspect Gyre 150s for flow. They run 1 hour than alternate to the other side of the tank. I have to keep them running @ 60% or less, otherwise they blow the sandbed all over the place.

Skimmer is the Bubble Magus Curve 7. Return is a Jebao DC9000.Running a BRS dual reactor, and the sump is a 39g unit from Elite Aquatics.

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Originally posted by jdinchak jdinchak wrote:

Originally posted by 80cent 80cent wrote:

Bob, it's really something special. Well done. I was wondering if you could talk about your lighting decision some more. I know you tried out some nice LEDs, but ended up preferring the halides. What helped you make that decision?


Bob wrote this earlier

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Ended up going with halides instead of LEDs...

in my case, I would have had to pick up 2 more Kessils - at a cost of close to $800 - to fully light this tank. I was able to get a (3) 250w halide setup for less than $200... with LumenMax Elite3 reflectors, and Icecap eballasts. So that is the direction I went.

Running (2) Maxxspect Gyre 150s for flow. They run 1 hour than alternate to the other side of the tank. I have to keep them running @ 60% or less, otherwise they blow the sandbed all over the place.

Skimmer is the Bubble Magus Curve 7. Return is a Jebao DC9000.Running a BRS dual reactor, and the sump is a 39g unit from Elite Aquatics.

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Yeah, purely a 'cost' based decision... but, to elaborate a little more:
 
 - If I had stayed with the Kessils, I was looking at buying (4) new A360w'S... So, in reality, closer to a $1600 expense.
 
I do think that, ultimately, halides grow SPS a little better (faster?) than LEDs... but I do feel that quality LED systems (like Kessil) are certainly capable of growing anything a halide system can
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Originally posted by relethg relethg wrote:

Bob, 
Now that the cabinet is done I think you are ready to change the tank in your signature block. 
Looks great.


How's that look?

Changed the sig, changed the avatar too




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Very nice. I hope I will be as successful.
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Brought this guy home last night. Got him from the Petco up in Sugarhouse; where he was being sold as a "Freshwater Flecked Moray" Ouch
 
No such thing as a 'freshwater' moray - they do start life out in FW, but need to change over to SW as they mature...
 
Anyway, $18.99 later he was mine Wink
 
Drip - acclimated him for 2.5 hours to get him used to the marine environment.
 
Seems to be doing fine so far; was out swimming maybe 10 minutes after introduction to the reef...
 
 
 


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Very cool!


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When I bought out Pkapps tank, I got a few smaller frags in the process.

Most of them I simply sold off; as I figured the small stuff would get 'lost' in a 150 gallon tank.

I did keep a couple of things, one of which was a rather small Red Dragon frag.

Although the frag plug it was on was partially encrusted, the coral itself was not in good shape - a pale tan instead of the usual vibrant pinks and red hues...

Well, after a month of TLC, I was rewarded with some visible improvement- new pink growth tips Clap:



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Your tank looks great Bob!! Great find on the eel. I have a pair of Zebra Morays in my tank and I love them. They are so interesting to watch.



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I hope mine starts coming out as fully as yours do! Right now, he spends most of time hiding behind a rock Confused




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With the coral in the tank about a month or so now; starting to get some real nice PE and coloration coming in...


iPhone Pics:

SPS


Orange Setosa


Golden Stylopora


Yellow Milli




ORA Spongodes


Cali Tort


ORA Pearlberry Acro



This frag I got from Kevin (fatman). It was  a normal medium green when I got it.

It has colored up so much; all those growth end nodules are a brilliant neon turquoise;

this iPhone photo does not do this piece justice at all...


ORA Red Planet Milli



Bird of Paradise Seriotopa (Birdsnest Coral)



Electric Pink Birdsnest



Green Slimer Acro



Sour Apple Birdsnest



Purple Birdsnest



Orange - Polyped Lokani




Tri Color Acropora



Blue Milli



Strawberry Shortcake Milli



Orange Digitata



Neon Hydnopora



Blue - Tipped Tan Acro (foreground); Electric Green Milli (rear)




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Looking really good!! Let me know when you want to frag that golden stylo and the yellow Millie;)

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LPS  (iPhone pics)


LA Lakers Scroll



Icy Christmas War Coral



Aussie Elegance Coral



Blastomussa Merlitti



Blood Chalice



Nice orange rings starting to come in on these Candycanes



Scarlet Pink Fungia



Neon Green Fungia

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That pink fungia is still my favorite! It looks better in person which is saying something because it's looks pretty good in the pic!
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That eel is so amazing! I love the idea of them, but my wife has threatened our marriage if I pay money for a "swimming snake" as she calls them. 
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5 - minute tank video I made earlier Sunday evening:



https://youtu.be/nM7bXA1e4Nc





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^^^^ I like!!!
90 gal reef w/refugium
24 gal softie tank
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What's this? A pair of Moorish Idols???


Hmmm... I wonder who has those?


Maybe you should click this video link and find out Wink:


https://youtu.be/B0NOUjfjuc4






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Bob,

I have a new signature line for you:

"Sending other reef hobbyists into a state of envious depression since 1977"

Looks fantastic!
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