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PAXpress
05/18/2017, 03:24 PM
I've had mine for almost a year now and not sure I like my program. How high above the water surface should the light be? My current tank is a 75g mixed reef and this is the only light on it. Soon I'll have it over my new Red Sea Reefer Peninsula 650L with two retrofit 60" bulbs. Any recommendations for that?

Reef_Breeders
05/18/2017, 08:57 PM
Hi,

Can you send a screenshot of your current program?

mindi
05/19/2017, 04:35 AM
Mine is 8" above water on 5ft tank

PAXpress
05/19/2017, 10:38 AM
Hi,

Can you send a screenshot of your current program?

I sure can. http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/skatetillyewdie/IMG_44221_zpsskcgaikj.png (http://s440.photobucket.com/user/skatetillyewdie/media/IMG_44221_zpsskcgaikj.png.html) http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/skatetillyewdie/IMG_44211_zpsfxwbi4pk.png (http://s440.photobucket.com/user/skatetillyewdie/media/IMG_44211_zpsfxwbi4pk.png.html)
Posted both so you can see the actual percentages. I kept raising the light higher from the tanks water level because It seemed like it was too intense for the corals. Both the blue channels are the same.

Coyote slayer
05/19/2017, 11:52 PM
IMO the higher off the water the better... To a point obviously. Problem becomes the light spill in the room/aesthetics. If you look at what the the successful vendors are doing with their leds, they are cranked up and hung high, sometimes as high as 24" off the water. Ill be switching from t5 to a photon v2 hopefully soon, and Ill be attempting to mount it 15-16 inches off the water.

mindi
05/19/2017, 11:59 PM
"the successful vendors are doing with their leds, they are cranked up and hung high"

For example..??

Ron Reefman
05/20/2017, 06:41 AM
"the successful vendors are doing with their leds, they are cranked up and hung high"

For example..??

Yes, I've seen fixtures hung higher than 'normal' at some LFS and some coral grow farms. However, their fixtures are high and bright because they are covering much bigger than normal tanks, like 6'x3' and 12'x4'.

Sure, I can raise my fixture, bump up the power and spill lots of light out of the tank and into the room, but to what end? I don't have issues with 'disco effect' because I turn the red leds off. My coral gets enough red spectrum from the 5 watt white Cree leds. And I'm not trying to have a coral grow farm in my living room, I want a good looking tank with healthy coral. I already do more fraging than I want to keep coral growth under control.

Reef_Breeders
05/20/2017, 10:38 AM
I sure can. http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/skatetillyewdie/IMG_44221_zpsskcgaikj.png (http://s440.photobucket.com/user/skatetillyewdie/media/IMG_44221_zpsskcgaikj.png.html) http://i440.photobucket.com/albums/qq123/skatetillyewdie/IMG_44211_zpsfxwbi4pk.png (http://s440.photobucket.com/user/skatetillyewdie/media/IMG_44211_zpsfxwbi4pk.png.html)
Posted both so you can see the actual percentages. I kept raising the light higher from the tanks water level because It seemed like it was too intense for the corals. Both the blue channels are the same.

The program looks good to me- maybe turn up the violets, and shorten the total time to just 12 hours. Is there a specific reason you aren't happy with the program you have now?

PAXpress
05/23/2017, 12:20 PM
The program looks good to me- maybe turn up the violets, and shorten the total time to just 12 hours. Is there a specific reason you aren't happy with the program you have now?
Well it seemed as if my anemone was wanting more light because he's on the glass at the waters surface. So I increased the intensity a bit on a few channels. Then I had a favia nearly bleach and did have another favia bleach to death( was my fault I should have seen the signs sooner and moved him more to the shade). So then I raised the lights off the tank more. Maybe my whites were too low. I've moved to the lps preset settings for now with the light at about 11.5 inches above water surface and will lower it slowly over the next few weeks to being about 8-9 inches.
Another reason I was worried was the sudden decline in coralline growth I used to get moderate coralline growth but now none. To the point where the existing coralline is gone and the rocks are white and a bit green in places. Rocks that were nearly all purple are barely speckled anymore. Hopefully this and increased alk/calc stability will assist in bringing my tank back from the brink.

Reef_Breeders
05/23/2017, 10:33 PM
White coraline could be too much light- and anemones are odd- they might move initially because of too much light, and find that the very top corner is dark enough- since the light mostly goes into the tank at an angle below that point.

Raising the light will help with that by 1) reducing the overall PAR, and 2) increasing the light spread.

PAXpress
05/25/2017, 11:49 AM
White coraline could be too much light- and anemones are odd- they might move initially because of too much light, and find that the very top corner is dark enough- since the light mostly goes into the tank at an angle below that point.

Raising the light will help with that by 1) reducing the overall PAR, and 2) increasing the light spread.

For now I'm on the LPS setting with the light at 11.5 inches. Will monitor and update this as things change. I actually think my corals seem to be happier already.