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Recliner
12/10/2016, 05:55 PM
I've had a reef tank for 4 years but the maintenance on the algea growth on an acrylic tank became too much. I'm switching thinking about going to a fish only tank. What light can I switch to that won't grow algea like my coral light did?

I'm a total newbie to a fish only tank. What's the cheapest light that I could use that minimizes algae growth that would work on a 150 tall tank?

andregarcia_73
12/10/2016, 06:32 PM
I have a fowlr with a custom insert and i use the current usa marine led..... works greathttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161211/5175d6a342bcdb794564ec763c74f470.jpg

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cougareyes
12/10/2016, 11:05 PM
I'm running current marine on my 125g also, I like them. Stay away from full spectrum leds, just get simple white and blue. You don't need 3w leds either, I had to tape over all the red, yellow, and green leds on my 210 to finally rid the tank of cyano and algae. These are what I'm using on my 125g: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFTK7CQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

zachfishman
12/11/2016, 07:39 AM
I have a fowlr with a custom insert and i use the current usa marine led..... works greathttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161211/5175d6a342bcdb794564ec763c74f470.jpg

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You gotta feed that wrasse more :D

andregarcia_73
12/11/2016, 10:31 AM
New addition lol

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Recliner
12/11/2016, 11:03 AM
I'm running current marine on my 125g also, I like them. Stay away from full spectrum leds, just get simple white and blue. You don't need 3w leds either, I had to tape over all the red, yellow, and green leds on my 210 to finally rid the tank of cyano and algae. These are what I'm using on my 125g: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GFTK7CQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Would I need 2 of them since my tank is 24" from front to back?

cougareyes
12/11/2016, 12:03 PM
Would I need 2 of them since my tank is 24" from front to back?

Yes, my tank is 18" wide and 22" deep and these are maxed out, for a fowlr I am happy. I had 2 on other tanks so I have 3 going across, 2 x 18" and a 24", my tank is 72" long.

ThRoewer
12/11/2016, 07:39 PM
In my experience low light levels will not prevent the persistent nuisance algae, especially not GHA. Same goes for nutrient levels - high or low PO4 or NO3 doesn't do much difference.
The best way to control algae is either with herbivores (fish, snails, crabs, urchins,...) or enough competition (coralline algae, macro algae, corals,...)

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cougareyes
12/11/2016, 08:06 PM
Same system, same lighting schedule. 1st pic marine orbit in display, 2nd pic kessil 160 in refugium. The display tank is spotless with no cuc at all, you see what's in there, the angel picks at the rocks a little. I beg to difference, the main source of nuisance algae and cyano today is the lighting. Mainly too much red and too much yellow. That kessil grew algae like crazy on every system I used it on,that's why it's on a refugium.

OurCoralReef
12/12/2016, 09:53 AM
You can also go with the chinese box leds and remove the full spectrum leds black them out or keep the lights on low
I like current marine just get the controller so you can control the whites and blues separately

You can also diy strip lights white and blue
And if your not medicating put a bunch of the jumbo (2-4") mexican turbos they are usually safe (unless you have a puffer) with fish only to big to eat

zachfishman
12/17/2016, 09:59 AM
You can also go with the chinese box leds and remove the full spectrum leds black them out or keep the lights on low
I like current marine just get the controller so you can control the whites and blues separately

You can also diy strip lights white and blue
And if your not medicating put a bunch of the jumbo (2-4") mexican turbos they are usually safe (unless you have a puffer) with fish only to big to eat

Block which LEDs? I run a few FO systems and always appreciate ways to slow algae :)

cougareyes
12/17/2016, 11:05 PM
Block which LEDs? I run a few FO systems and always appreciate ways to slow algae :)

Block the red, yellow, and green leds. I cut squares of gorilla tape and just taped over them.

GQsmooth
12/17/2016, 11:52 PM
I have a fowlr with a custom insert and i use the current usa marine led..... works greathttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161211/5175d6a342bcdb794564ec763c74f470.jpg

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Those fake corals look awesome, where did you get them?

OurCoralReef
12/18/2016, 04:45 AM
Block which LEDs? I run a few FO systems and always appreciate ways to slow algae :)


All colors except for the blues and whites
if you can block some of the whites that would be good to

A round sticker should do the trick

andregarcia_73
01/24/2017, 02:24 PM
Those fake corals look awesome, where did you get them?
Had them made by posedion construction in Riverside, California. Telk them Andre sent you. They did an awesome job and thank you. I appreciate the feedback

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