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Early start on cleaning and light upgrades

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Well, since the November meeting is at my house, I figured I'd better get started on cleaning the tank.  Also, a few years back, I upgraded from T5's to LED's.  A couple of the LED's were burned out in one fixture, so I decided to buy replacements.  I upgraded to 120 degree reflectors and the new 15000K LED's for the Maxspect.  Very happy with the upgrade.  Will upgrade the rest of the lights in the coming months.

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Jeff...just curious.  Are the sun tubes still active or did you cap those off?  

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8 hours ago, dbl said:

Jeff...just curious.  Are the sun tubes still active or did you cap those off?  

Different tank, this is the (200gal?) in the office, adjacent to the living room where the 300g with solartubes sits.

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I had a crash a couple years back and decided to consolidate what was left into one tank and sold off a bunch of live rock.  I wanted to go with slower growing corals that required less pruning!  This one is lit with LED's.  It is Giovanni's old 300 (for those of you that were around about 8-9 years ago).

 

The solar tubes are still going strong on the other 300.  It is now a freshwater plant tank with discus.  Although, I did have to put some light screen (roughly 30%) on the tubes to cut the light down.

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On 2/13/2019 at 7:26 PM, jdhuyvetter said:

I had a crash a couple years back and decided to consolidate what was left into one tank and sold off a bunch of live rock.  I wanted to go with slower growing corals that required less pruning!  This one is lit with LED's.  It is Giovanni's old 300 (for those of you that were around about 8-9 years ago).

 

The solar tubes are still going strong on the other 300.  It is now a freshwater plant tank with discus.  Although, I did have to put some light screen (roughly 30%) on the tubes to cut the light down.

Jeovani 😉😜 

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Wore out another razor blade today.  Four weekends in a row with water changes and skimmer cleaning.  Critters don't know how to act.  Even put out a couple frags.

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17 hours ago, jdhuyvetter said:

Yes, the Tunze wavebox is still working <cut>

 

How old are they now?
Got to love the rock solid Tunze equipment. Granted; the newer Tunze stuff I don't think holds up as well, ever since Felix took over as lead (development) engineer, IMHO products have become cheaper(material wise), don't hold up as well, etc.

The T3 had a lot of issues with material... the cable would "bio-degrade" in SW and allow water in, plastics have become thinner and fallen apart etc.. .all signs of the time, to compete with china IMO.

I know folks still running the original big block Turbelle streams, need an occasional power supply every few years, and a cleaning for maintenance... but rock solid otherwise.

 

 

17 hours ago, jdhuyvetter said:

 no, those frags are mine ALL MINE!

 

BOOOOO! I guess you can't have any of my green cap then. I fragged that special for you... 🙎‍♂️

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Four weeks in a row with a water change and clean skimmer.  Everyone is freaked out.  Wore out another razor blade.  This late, you can really see the change in the colors of the new LED's on the right side.  Once I get them all upgraded, I will probably make some adjustments to the white and blue channels.

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Missed a water change last weekend and didn't finish cleaning the tank.  Hope to get to it this weekend.  Also got the next set of light and reflector upgrades.  Second fixture from the right is next.

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Five water changes in six weeks.  Another razor blade bites the dust.  Another fixture upgrades.  Even put out a few frags.  Corals are freaked.  At this rate, I may be ready for the November meeting

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Looking good Jeff.  Your hard work appears to be paying off.  

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