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Old 05/20/2012, 12:54 AM   #76
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Your tank look nice
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Sweet. Dope sump you got and a sick tank. Now get to work I wan to see more
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Ladybugs, Allsps40, Moore1811... thank you for your comments. I am glad that you are following my thread. Feel free to make suggestions and offer input. I am glad that you are here.


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Old 05/20/2012, 05:59 AM   #77
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Old 05/20/2012, 06:30 AM   #78
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Thank you attaboy! It has been a long, long day. I am going with LED's and will add more information about them tomorrow. As far as the sump measurements, 6'x3'x2'.

As far as cleaning the glass... definitely some long sticks, strong magnets and a lot of elbow grease!

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I went back and forth trying different methods of clean my tank glass opposite the access side of the tank. Then a friend showed me a really simple device: http://www.algaefree.com/easy_blade.html

My wife was very pleased as she didnt have to stand there and spot while i stood on a ladder reaching with a scraper. I just go slow with it so I don't put scrapes on the glass...


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Old 05/20/2012, 11:17 AM   #79
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Lighting - what to decide???

Several of you have asked what am I going to do about lighting. Especially with a tank that is 48" deep. Lighting is one of the primary issues that I have spent considerable time investigating, questioning and comparing.

At first, there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to go with 400 Watt Metal Halides. What other choices did I have with a tank this deep? Look at chingchai's and all of the other deep, deep tanks.

Then I started reading more about LED's. All of the reef and aquarium magazines were reporting on them and there were numerous reports written by Dr. Sanjay Joshi that made a strong case for options to MH. It was clear to me that the waive of the future was heading towards LED's.

I started weighing the pros & cons between MH, VHO's, and LED's. They were plentiful. Yes, my electric bills would be significantly higher with metal halides, but then there was the heat I would have to deal with; the additional fans and chillers. How about growth? How about color?

Cost certainly entered the equation but it was not the deciding factor. I really became impressed with a number of larger reef tanks that were using LED's. They weren't necessarily as deep, but, the colors of their tanks and growth of their corals were very rich.

I started contacting all of the LED companies along with the authors of the numerous lighting reports we have been seeing in the reef keeping and aquarium magazines. The question was asked, what would you recommend for a 48" reef aquarium?

I was very impressed with four different companies:

Reeftech
Ecotech Marine
Orphek
Ecoxotic Cannon

Each company offered many different benefits and all were confident that they could serve my needs. I was very close to pulling the plug with Reeftech and their Prometheus units. Bennytheblenny has been using them on his 36" deep tank and has been impressed. I liked their software controllability. They even offered to fly down to Tucson to install. Orphek has been updating their lines of LED fixtures. Nineball seems very happy with them on his "Coral Tank from Canada" build thread. Ecoxotic's 100 watt Cannon pendants are very, very powerful.

Who did I go with? I ended up choosing 12 units of Ecotech Marines XR30w's. Several reasons but they really stood out above all the rest. Most importantly, the company has been around for some time and stands behind their product. Their lights are upgradeable as technology changes. Wireless compatibility. The color spectrum that they offer is great! David00061 has been very pleased with his 12 units on his "Mixed 500 gal. A.G.E. build. 12 unit LED Radion lights" build thread and has documented some impressive growth.

Again, I recognize that I have a very deep tank. If I don't feel that I am getting enough light on the bottom of the tank or too low of PAR readings, it will be easy to add a couple of the 100 watt Cannon pendants.

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Old 05/20/2012, 12:55 PM   #80
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I went back and forth trying different methods of clean my tank glass opposite the access side of the tank. Then a friend showed me a really simple device: http://www.algaefree.com/easy_blade.html

My wife was very pleased as she didnt have to stand there and spot while i stood on a ladder reaching with a scraper. I just go slow with it so I don't put scrapes on the glass...
Thanks Ward1! I will look into those. I am hoping that by going with LED's, I am not going to have as much algae buildup on the glass. Obviously, I am going to have some big strong magnetic cleaners. Glad you are following along!


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Old 05/20/2012, 01:41 PM   #81
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You had my attention before....now you really have it

A friend of mine has 4 Radion units over his 180 gal. and he's very happy with the results, it's not nearly as deep as your tank; he has his lights 10" off the surface and they're only at 70% intensity (he has no intentions of turning them up either). With that said his PAR readings and corals on the bottom are very happy so I'd imagine you'd be just fine.

Will we be seeing some MP60's as well?!


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Old 05/20/2012, 03:05 PM   #82
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Once this is all up and running, you're going to have to have an open house for the Tucson reefers. I'll bring champagne!


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Old 05/20/2012, 03:12 PM   #83
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Old 05/20/2012, 04:09 PM   #84
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Once this is all up and running, you're going to have to have an open house for the Tucson reefers. I'll bring champagne!
I second that! Very nice build. Soon to be Reef Central TOTM!


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Old 05/20/2012, 04:35 PM   #85
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nice build iwas thinking about going with the same lighting over my 210 when i get it started. one question though, in one of your pics it shows your front door handle really close to the same height as the tank. is it possible for it to hit the tank? might just be the angle of the picture.


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Old 05/20/2012, 04:59 PM   #86
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OMG dope I got to see this when its done.


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That's ****ing nuts! $10k on the lighting LOL...very nice...


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Old 05/20/2012, 06:37 PM   #88
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Yes, yes, yes. I too vote for an open house.

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Old 05/20/2012, 07:13 PM   #89
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Wow, one day down the line please post some dusk to dawn pics. I have always been intrigued by the ability of the radion's to simulate a dusk to dawn effect with both light intensity and spectrum. How did the plumbing go today?


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danfeig,

how do you plan on mounting the Radions?


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Old 05/21/2012, 12:09 AM   #92
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Champagne???? I am going to want beer!


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Old 05/21/2012, 12:15 AM   #93
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[QUOTE=brettinteriors;20274198]Yes, yes, yes. I too vote for an open house.

Thank you guys. All right... Sometime after I am back from vacation this summer and introduce all of the fish and coral - we can plan an Open House. I'll let Michael and Cuong @ Symply Elegant (SEA) make all the arrangements.

Still a lot of work ahead!!


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nice build iwas thinking about going with the same lighting over my 210 when i get it started. one question though, in one of your pics it shows your front door handle really close to the same height as the tank. is it possible for it to hit the tank? might just be the angle of the picture.
Great observation husslr187!!!!

Yes, the door handle can smack right into the steel frame surrounding the tank and possibly glass. My handyman has ordered an extended door stop for the floorboard and I am also getting door stops for the hinges!

I appreciate you bringing this to my attention and for following along!


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Old 05/21/2012, 12:22 AM   #95
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That's ****ing nuts! $10k on the lighting LOL...very nice...
I think that the lights will be one of my greatest investments for my system. That and my protein skimmer! The lights are going to save me a ton on electricity, not to mention that I most likely will be able to avoid using a chiller.

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Thank you Elliott! I am glad to have you following along. Things are just getting started and it is all very exciting!


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Old 05/21/2012, 12:26 AM   #97
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Michael from SEA will be designing and building a rack system utilizing Ecotech's new Radion hanging kit. I wanted some type of rack though that could be raised an lowered.


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Wow, one day down the line please post some dusk to dawn pics. I have always been intrigued by the ability of the radion's to simulate a dusk to dawn effect with both light intensity and spectrum. How did the plumbing go today?
brettinteriors... It went great! A long day. I will post pics tomorrow as I am dead. Everything has been scheduled and is going like clockwork. Who ever heard of plumbers being scheduled for a Sunday?


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I thought Mike was pluming it today

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Can you post some pics of the plumbing you completed? I want to get a behind the scenes feel for how this is set up in your fish room.


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