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Old 01/07/2011, 12:12 AM   #1
jcolletteiii
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Aquaillumination owners settings poll

So there are too many variables to set this up as a 'click the box' poll. I'm interested in what settings people are using with their AI LED setups. I think that a great many people suffer through the AI setup process, guessing at what light levels to set, how long to run the lights, how high, etc. It would be nice to have a thread listing different people's settings, as well as a little bit of info about how everyone's systems have responded since making the switch, and any useful morsels of information you've gleaned from using these lights. Something like (left it blank for easy copy/paste):

Tank size -
How long you've used AI for lighting -
Type of modules you're using -
Number of modules you're using -
Approximate spacing between modules -
Approximate height above water -
Approximate height above tank bottom -
Total photoperiod length -
Blue % setting -
RB % setting (if Sol blue) -
White setting -
Predominant organism type kept (SPS/LPS/softies/FOWLR) -
How have your corals responded after the switch to LED? -

I'll kick it off.

Tank size - 36 corner bowfront
How long you've used AI for lighting - ~ 8 mos, but used LED exclusively for 2 yrs.
Type of modules you're using - non-Sol white with 6 Sol white emitter pucks added.
Number of modules you're using - 3
Approximate spacing between modules - 4"
Approximate height above water - 9"
Approximate height above tank bottom - 28"
Total photoperiod length - 10 hrs (w/ 1 hour sunrise and 1 hr sunset)
Blue % setting - 45
RB % setting (if Sol blue) - n/a
White setting - 25
Predominant organism type kept (SPS/LPS/softies/FOWLR) - SPS
How have your corals responded after the switch to LED? - A loooonnnngggg setup period of having to figure settings out by trial and error. Burned more than a few frags with way too much light. Got placement all wrong a few times. Blamed the lights a few times for some minor bleaching events when the problem was probably caused by GFO (not needed IMO w/ biopellets). Only reason I'm running 3 modules is that I recently downgraded from a 135 and had four modules. Will probably reduce it down one more and go with just two. Will transfer the new Sol white pucks (which use Cree XRE royal blues, and not the regular blue emitters which are more of a cyan color) so that my white emitter mix will be half cool white/ half neutral white, and the blues will be half royal blue/ half regular blue. Would be nice if AI would come out with custom pucks - have some pucks on hand with 2 neutral or warm white XPE's with the third spot left blank. Then offer a few options to install in the third spot. I'd like to see cyan, violet, deep red, and green. I think that would nicely round out 'dead spots' in the color rendition of certain colors.

So what are you guys/girls settings at? (please - AI users only!)


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Old 03/01/2012, 01:22 PM   #2
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Well, I think this was a GREAT idea. I had bought the LEDs when aquailluminations first came out with them and was happy, but my controller sh*t the brick and I just now got all 4 units back after upgrading them to Sol Blues. Now I think maybe 4 units are too many for my 48" tank and worried I might burn the whole thing up. A looksee how low/high people are setting these lamps would be of great help, so anyone out there with these lights, shed some light on us.
THANKS!


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Old 03/01/2012, 03:10 PM   #3
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Tank size - 48" 75g
How long you've used AI for lighting - 10 months
Type of modules you're using - Super blue's
Number of modules you're using - 3 mounted parallel to front glass
Approximate spacing between modules - 3"
Approximate height above water - 8"
Approximate height above tank bottom - 8" to waterline and 20" to sand
Total photoperiod length - 12 hours total, 3 hour ramp to peak, 5 hours at peak, blue period at morning and again at night, afternoon peak as listed below
Peak Blue % setting - 60
Peak RB % setting (if Sol blue) - 60
Peak White setting - 70
Predominant organism type kept (SPS/LPS/softies/FOWLR) - SPS
How have your corals responded after the switch to LED? - Great growth and improved color in all but my ponape birdnest which grows well but is pale.


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Old 03/01/2012, 04:16 PM   #4
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Old 03/02/2012, 12:26 PM   #5
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Tank size - 7.5 gal
How long you've used AI for lighting - 5 months
Type of modules you're using - AI Nano
Number of modules you're using - 1
Approximate spacing between modules -N/A
Approximate height above water - 8"
Approximate height above tank bottom - 20"
Total photoperiod length - 13 hrs
Blue % setting - 50%
RB % setting (if Sol blue) - 40%
White setting - 27%
Predominant organism type kept (SPS/LPS/softies/FOWLR) - SPS
How have your corals responded after the switch to LED? - Good Growth, Colors have dulled. If I bump up the RB % will i get better color over time?


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Old 11/26/2012, 05:14 PM   #6
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This thread is an awesome idea. I wish more people had responded.

Tank size - 18 gal
How long you've used AI for lighting - 8 months
Type of modules you're using - AI Nano
Number of modules you're using - 2
Approximate spacing between modules -6"
Approximate height above water - 8"
Approximate height above tank bottom - 25"
Total photoperiod length - 9 hrs
Blue % setting - 30%
RB % setting (if Sol blue) - 30%
White setting - 13%
Predominant organism type kept (SPS/LPS/softies/FOWLR) - LPS
How have your corals responded after the switch to LED? - My chalices have done well. My miami hurricane is at the bottom and looks much nicer than any of the frags/colonies I typically see at LFSs. It's a nice deep blue. My pink boobies was doing great (was approximately 15" below the light), and then I bumped up the settings by just 3% and almost killed it in one day. I put it on the bottom of the tank, reverted the settings and it seems to be healing.

Acans (5 different varieties) on the bottom of the tank are doing fine. All are typically fluffy and have sprouted new polyps.

Not much luck with zoas. One small colony of purple hornets is alive / growing, but not many new polyps for the last several months. Could not keep rastas alive (tried twice).

I have had TERRIBLE luck with SPS. They bleach from the bottom up. The ones that live typically brown out. One green monti cap is alive and growing, and one stylo seems to be OK. Am scared to turn the lights up after the p/b mishap.


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