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Reply #15

Or LPS I doubt.

The OP here has an LPS that has dropped all its colour they need light !

We ideally need to know his water parameters as asked above as it's very hard to not be able to keep the others he has excluding the LPS unless something is well out if whack hopefully we can get to the bottom of it.

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Reply #16

Yes he does ,and I did for around 6 months with the same light ,my current light(marine orbit) has about the same output as the fluval ,my hammer has doubled in size .my single headed Duncan which is in the sandbed  now has around 10 heads on it growing new ones all the time (although I do feed it ) flowerpot and other corals all doing well .
Maybe it is the light but I very much doubt it .

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Reply #17

Ok my levels are (tested as we speak)
Nitrate 5
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Phosphate trace (not enough to give a reading)
KH 9dkh
Calcium 430
Temp 26c
Ph 8.2
Slinity 1.025
I do try to keep clean and stable parameters and once a fortnight I change 25% of my water even if the levels are ok I change anyway just in case
As for hitchhikers I have plucked out a few things before bit I always dip my corals and have them in my quarantine tank for a few days to watch for critters
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Reply #18

All you parameters are fine only thing then in my opinion is light

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Reply #19

Marty is right Jordan. You need more powerful lighting. When looking for LED lighting, make sure it's the chip style diodes rather than bulb style. There's a huge difference in power output. It might look bright to your eyes, but your eyes adjust to light. A perceived "twice as bright" would be many many times the light intensity. Your iris closes up as the light gets brighter, so a light twice as bright doesn't seem much brighter to your eye as your iris closed up when you looked at it.

You've invested good money in those corals and that anemone, you need a proper LED panel to support them long term.

Also, you're going to have to prepare for either a bigger tank upgrade plan or to move the Regal on, as your current tank size isn't sufficient for it.  :grin:
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Reply #20

Think my fluval is the chip led. Yea I know about the tang also my file fish, I have someone who can have them when the time comes.
When I mean you carnt look at my lights when they are on am not exaggerating you cannot look directly at them they hurt if you do 😎
Ok so what lighting does anyone recommend or is there a light I can add to my existing ones to intensify the light?

Carnt believe fluval would produce a light sell it for £250 and it's no good 😢
Last Edit: Jul 12, 2016 6:17:08 am by jordanweasel

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Reply #21

Yes but the problem with them ( on that light ) is the fact you got 312 LEDS and a total power of 25W. Thats 0.08w per LED.

My Zetlights are only 16w but have 36 LED's at 0.44w each. ( 5x the power of the fluval )
My DIY lights are 100w and have a matrix style LED chipset with 50 LED's at 0.5w each. ( 6x the power of the fluval )

Most light units ( Matrix LED excluded ) for marine will use either 1w or 3w led chips so you can see why yours ( even though it has over 300 LED's ) isn't going to be enough for LPS or SPS corals!

You would need three of them over your tank before they would be OK for LPS and SPS corals.
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Reply #22

As above, the CREE LEDs run at between 3W and 5W each. You certainly can't look at one of those at full power.

For your size tank, something in the region of 80 to 120W would be good.

Have a look on eBay for panels like these.
EVERGROW IT2060 LED LIGHT UNIT 24" FOR 2FT TO 3FT MARINE TROPICAL FISH TANK | eBay

It'll output light intensity in a different league to the one you have. There are similar, more "unbranded" makes of panels that look the same, but even cheaper, if you want to give one of those a whirl, but the Evergrow brand is fairly well respected. That unit has 51x 3W LEDs, so each LED is 38x more powerful than those you have and overall the unit is about 6x the power.

Sorry to put a downer on your light, but it's really just tiny numbers, not suitable. It might illuminate things, but compared to a proper LED panel, it's vastly underpowered. Unfortunately people see the acronym "LED" and think that's the end of it, then trust the Fluval brand.  :heyyy:

On the bright side  :P Fish and corals will look miles better immediately, and over time they'll get much more colourful too, given proper phosphate control.
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