just got a new led light for Xmas :)

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So I unwrapped my presents this morning and the Mrs has bought me a AI sol blue led unit and controller.

Going to get a mounting rail for it tomorrow as she wasn't sure which one to get.

Needless to say I'm very happy and excited to get it up and running.

I understand that I have to slowly ramp up the lights over the next few months. What shall I start at? Currently have a 150w mh around 10" over my 2 foot cube.

Merry Christmas everyone :)

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Excellent, they're really good for coral colour. They're what a lot of the better coral shops use to show off the colours.  :smiley:

Ideally, you'd have a DSLR camera and use that as a light meter to match the output of the AI Sol to that of your halides by measuring either the incident or reflected light, but incident will be easier and more accurate. If you've not got one, then just go by eye and try to get it roughly the same. Don't forget that height over the tank has a massive effect on brightness too, as light follows the inverse square law as it dissipates. So twice the distance is 1/4 the light intensity, etc.

The metal halides are pretty bright though, so there won't be a huge light acclimation needed, like if you were going from 2x T5s to a 250w halide or the LEDs.

Merry Christmas!

I got the sat nav kit for the Rex. :)

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Yeah, my Mrs asked what the shop used and asked for "one of those"

Initial Xmas morning play let's me know that I will be very pleased with the colour result. Its something I just couldn't produce with the mh's

I Dont have a DSLR but will do it by eye. I have the ability to go up by as low as 1 or 2% a day if required so will have a read up on bleaching and try to spot the signs earlier.

Hopefully these new lights will allow me to capture some better pictures for these competitions we seem to be fond of, lol.

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First FTS. I'm up to 50% on all 3 channel's. Trying to find the limit then I'll play with getting a colour I'm happy with.

P.s sorry about the camera phone pic...

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I've just ordered the 70° optics kit and some larger legs to improve the spread of the light.

I have noticed that the corners were quite dim and Ai's customer service suggested that these upgrades will solve the issue.

I shall update when they arrive :)

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Reply #5

The wider lenses will certainly improve spread, at the cost of intensity but if you've got lots of that to spare then it makes sense. Although the extra spread will increase the amount you have to clean the glass...

I like the scape. Similar the style used by cube tanks that are viewed all around.
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The outside 4 pucks are 70° as standard. Its the middle 4 pucks are 40° these are the ones I'm swapping as they will torch my corals if I increase intensity anymore, maybe...

I'm going to redo the scape, but thanks for the complement.
I need to swap out half of my substrate as I stupidly used crushed coral rather than all sand. This looks awful and is a pain to clean so it will have to go. Its unfortunately under all my rock!

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I have 3mm crushed coral sand.
I might be back....

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This stuff is massive, like coral bones.
3mm would be fine as I could syphon out the dirt but this is like large awkward gravel so you can't get into it. Plus I have egg crate underneath.
I totally messed up, I had read some info and interpreted it incorrectly.
It will be a big job to sort out but will give me an opportunity to really sort out my scape. Improving flow etc.
I'm quite tempted to go bb as I understand the benefits. Not sure I will like the look though.

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Yeah the big coral sand like you have is always bad news. It's only really useful if you have a FOWLR tank and need something for your parrotfish to sharpen/wear it's teeth on...
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Yup. Lesson learnt :(

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Mike will agree get a diamond watchman goby when you have finer sand. You will never have to think about cleaning your sand again!! Tank looks nice chap. Big win on the lights !!!

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I've always wanted one of them. I do wonder how he would get on with my dwarf hawkfish though, they look like they may fight?!

Thanks for your kind words, but I think a big rescape is required even if I didn't need to sort the substrate.
I have just been putting things where they seemed happiest as Ive got them. I need some sort of plan I think, lol.

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