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Old 05/05/2012, 01:43 PM   #151
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Old 05/05/2012, 04:01 PM   #152
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Looks fantastic! What else is on your stock list


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Old 05/05/2012, 08:26 PM   #153
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Wow that is a sweet tank! Is that a cortez angel on the left?


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Old 05/06/2012, 02:10 PM   #154
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Wow that is a sweet tank! Is that a cortez angel on the left?
yes that is my Cortez...raised from a tiny 1 incher...was a terrific cleaner when small...


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Old 05/06/2012, 09:57 PM   #155
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What are you doing for the tank lights?


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Old 05/06/2012, 11:55 PM   #156
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First off, I just want to mention your tank is very impressive and your fish are gorgeous.

Speaking of fish, It just came to my mind that your tank would look (even more) excellent with a few various butterflyfish. Have any plans to add any? There are some stunning specimens out there.


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Old 05/07/2012, 04:11 AM   #157
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What are you doing for the tank lights?
still in talks with a few companies about lights...want to go led...we shall see...right now the tank gets sunlight...


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Old 05/07/2012, 04:12 AM   #158
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First off, I just want to mention your tank is very impressive and your fish are gorgeous.

Speaking of fish, It just came to my mind that your tank would look (even more) excellent with a few various butterflyfish. Have any plans to add any? There are some stunning specimens out there.
no...it would be foolish to put any peaceful fish in this tank...


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Old 05/07/2012, 10:27 AM   #159
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still in talks with a few companies about lights...want to go led...we shall see...right now the tank gets sunlight...
Your tank looks great... makes me want to get back into having a big tank again.

Have you considered DIYing an LED setup? I just put in an LED kit which basically ripped out the entire guts of my current existing lighting setup then I soldered in a bunch of LEDs and powered them up. All said and done, it was VERY easy to do and is amazing. I get about twice the intensity of lighting and not as much heat.

Plus if you DIY it, you can pick the colors you want, add some blues, whites, reds, greens... you name it. So you can really bring out the colors in your fish and it would be much cheaper than buying an already set up LED.

All you need is basic soldering ability and then a way to hide it, but if you have a canopy you're already halfway there.


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Old 05/07/2012, 11:39 AM   #160
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Your tank looks great... makes me want to get back into having a big tank again.

Have you considered DIYing an LED setup? I just put in an LED kit which basically ripped out the entire guts of my current existing lighting setup then I soldered in a bunch of LEDs and powered them up. All said and done, it was VERY easy to do and is amazing. I get about twice the intensity of lighting and not as much heat.

Plus if you DIY it, you can pick the colors you want, add some blues, whites, reds, greens... you name it. So you can really bring out the colors in your fish and it would be much cheaper than buying an already set up LED.

All you need is basic soldering ability and then a way to hide it, but if you have a canopy you're already halfway there.
thanks recty...
I put a gfi quad in the ceiling...my plan is make 2 "flap-like" panels that will hang from the ceiling but can be flipped up for maint. purposes.. I have considered diy and have read a bunch of threads...but still unsure...tank is almost 3 feet deep- gonna need some wattage...


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Old 05/07/2012, 04:31 PM   #161
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Wattage is not a problem.

If money isnt a problem, the definitely go with a premade solution, it will most likely look better than anything you can build.

But if you dont have unlimited pocketbooks, it seems like you can half your prices in LED by going with DIY setup and not a manufactured product.

Are you planning on having lots of corals? If not, you dont need super bright lights, even just quite a few 1w LEDs will easily light the entire 3 feet down to the substrate, you might just not get good coral growth down there.

If you were going to have corals, then you need some high watt LEDs which is certainly doable.


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Old 05/08/2012, 04:15 AM   #162
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I meant wattage for the whole tank...it has been tough to find a quality light that will cover this tank...


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Old 05/08/2012, 01:23 PM   #163
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It would be really easy to buy two 6' extruded sections of heat sink aluminum and wire up your own LEDs in whatever configuration you want and hide that in your canopy with a small PC fan or two in order to keep it cool. Low heat, lots of lumens, perfect coloration. Easy dimming and simulation of sunup/sundown/moonlight.

If you cant find a premade, do a DIY LED, it's really pretty cool and once you actually do it, it's way easier than it looks when you're just contemplating doing it.


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Old 05/08/2012, 02:54 PM   #164
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tough to find a premade this big...they are finally coming out with those....the good ones are pricey....
what leds are you using? there is so much trash out there...


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Old 05/08/2012, 03:09 PM   #165
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sorry, wasnt clear...the market is changing so fast and there are some good leds out there but I think the really innovative stuff is just about to break out...Sicce, Aquastik, AI, some others are making excellent things...it has been to really hard to find a nice 5 ft unit (until fairly recently) and anything bigger is still virtually impossible, unless going custom..still considering a few options including diy, but also curious as to what is going to hit real soon...


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Old 05/08/2012, 10:59 PM   #166
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Yes GHL, AI, Echotech are all going 5+ colors in their fixtures this year. I'm wondering what next year will bring. LED is really taking off right now. I've wanted to try a DIY led but I'm just holding out until I know exactly what I want.


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Old 05/09/2012, 04:44 AM   #167
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Yes GHL, AI, Echotech are all going 5+ colors in their fixtures this year. I'm wondering what next year will bring. LED is really taking off right now. I've wanted to try a DIY led but I'm just holding out until I know exactly what I want.
I am doing the same...


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Old 05/09/2012, 12:43 PM   #168
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I like the Max Spect shown today on another website...lots of color and awesome leds...


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Old 05/09/2012, 04:24 PM   #169
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Old 05/09/2012, 05:35 PM   #170
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Old 05/15/2012, 11:35 AM   #171
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Didn't see your Titan in the feeding picture. Ole Nacho is so greedy he would spend more time chasing instead of eating. Jupiter (The Jewel) is getting massive because he is way faster than Nacho. Its funny to watch both of my fish eye a piece of shrimp on the other side of the tank and poor Nacho swims as hard as he can and the Jupiter just zips right past him to steal it.


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Old 05/15/2012, 12:35 PM   #172
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he is there between the garibaldi and my Lunula...


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Old 05/15/2012, 12:36 PM   #173
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he looks upside down...probably eating the mysis I dropped in just before the krill...


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Old 05/16/2012, 06:10 PM   #174
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Wonderfull tank, and fishes! I will sure follow this thread.
Question about your nuclear filters: are you using them as biological filter or just mechanical (then clean them about every week)?
What is in the canister ( the one we don't see through) ?
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Old 05/16/2012, 08:09 PM   #175
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the cinereus a few days ago...

and the lunula...



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