Kent Bio Reef 94l

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Hi,

I’ve recently brought a new tank (Kent bio reef 94L) from my local aquatic store, I’ve recently moved into a new home away from my parents and always wanted a marine tank so around a month of deep researching I’ve finally took the leap and started my own marine tank.

I have completed the first bit of the nitrogen cycle and the local aquatic store tested my water today and have sold me my first live stock, therefore I currently have 2 Mochavinici clowns in the tank for now.

The first problem I have encountered is the lighting on the tank and how am I supposed to put this on a timer? My local aquatic store have given me tons of advice but I forgot to mention about the lighting, I’m currently doing it manually as the lighting hood as three switches, one for the low light, one for the full “sun” light and then the blue nighttime led light. I’m trying to find a way to do this on a timer, however putting it on a timer plug will not turn each different light, is there a way to either do this with the stock lighting or a way to do a small upgrade to the tank to put it all on a timer?

Thanks for any advice given.
Much appreciated.
Haydn


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Reply #1

There are loads of lights on the market now , from bulbs to led ,
Manual turn it on and off like what you’re doing and some are Bluetooth which you can use via your phone or tablet ,
Some you can set the light to come on and turn off and colour to change at different times of the day and dim all on a app on you’re phone .
You can get some really good lights if you wanted to upgrade to Bluetooth ones at reasonably good prices , you don’t need to spend loads on a light to do that ,
You will need to sort some kind of regular lighting going on/off if you want to start keeping corals so bare that in mind .
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There are loads of lights on the market now , from bulbs to led ,
Manual turn it on and off like what you’re doing and some are Bluetooth which you can use via your phone or tablet ,
Some you can set the light to come on and turn off and colour to change at different times of the day and dim all on a app on you’re phone .
You can get some really good lights if you wanted to upgrade to Bluetooth ones at reasonably good prices , you don’t need to spend loads on a light to do that ,
You will need to sort some kind of regular lighting going on/off if you want to start keeping corals so bare that in mind .
Dave
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Thanks Dave for the speedy reply! Big help.

Is there any you recommend getting light wise that have Bluetooth as doing it on an app for me would be easier, I’ve attached a photo of the lighting unit, I’ll have a shop around but if you could recommend any that would be great!

Sorry the photos aren’t great and can provide more if needs be!

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Reply #3

It all depends on how much you want to pay .
If you look on Amazon they do full spectrum led lights from about £20 they come with a controller , ones with apps for you’re phone start around £50 .
I’ve got a Fluval one and find that does everything I need and is controlled via app on my iPad .
Work out how much you want to spend on the lights and let me know .
Once I know that I’ll see what I can find for you that will go with you’re Tank ,
Thing to remember also is you don’t always have to buy the best and most expensive ,
Some of the cheaper ones do the same thing , lesson I learnt years ago .
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Reply #4

Problem is integrating it into the lid and cooling it enough. Looking at your pic, i think you will be able to grow easier coral (zoas, kenya tree, leathers, toadstools) with the main light tubes on. 

Maybe you could add a supplemental LED bar like a TMC Aquaray, they come up second hand on ebay quite often
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It all depends on how much you want to pay .
If you look on Amazon they do full spectrum led lights from about £20 they come with a controller , ones with apps for you’re phone start around £50 .
I’ve got a Fluval one and find that does everything I need and is controlled via app on my iPad .
Work out how much you want to spend on the lights and let me know .
Once I know that I’ll see what I can find for you that will go with you’re Tank ,
Thing to remember also is you don’t always have to buy the best and most expensive ,
Some of the cheaper ones do the same thing , lesson I learnt years ago .
Dave
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Anywhere around or sub 100. My main problem is at the minute is that I want a regular lighting schedule on a timer as due to work it’s not always going to be so accurate maybe around an hour in or out of schedule some days, so getting a lighting schedule or something I can even do from an app would be extremely beneficial.

Secondly I’m obviously wanting corals so as long as the lighting would be enough for the corals then I’m good, I’ve not looked into much corals but like I’ve mentioned hammerhead and frogspawn have caught my eye as well as the torch’s.

Any recommendations for lights will be great even slightly above the bracket as it’s going to be an investment after all lol

Thanks again!

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Reply #6

Have you considered a ramp timer which will fit to most (even cheaper) lights? And allows you to ramp the light intensity up over say 15/30mins at your chosen start time, same of course at the end of the day. https://www.amazon.co.uk/NICREW-Digital-Dimmer-Aquarium-Channel/dp/B07K6H6CB5/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=Ramp+timer&qid=1626668304&sr=8-5
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Have you considered a ramp timer which will fit to most (even cheaper) lights? And allows you to ramp the light intensity up over say 15/30mins at your chosen start time, same of course at the end of the day. https://www.amazon.co.uk/NICREW-Digital-Dimmer-Aquarium-Channel/dp/B07K6H6CB5/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=Ramp+timer&qid=1626668304&sr=8-5

Good idea but looking at his pic I think those are some kind of florescent tubes (possibly mini T5s) running off the same power line as the LEDs, so not sure that would be a go-er? 🤔
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Reply #8

Yes good clarity - I was meaning rather than searching for a potentially more expensive Bluetooth version  :grin:
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Yes good clarity - I was meaning rather than searching for a potentially more expensive Bluetooth version  :grin:
Ah I see sorry I thought you meant the existing ones. 👍
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Reply #10

If you're looking at removing the stock lights I'd be very interested in those  :grin:

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Reply #11

Just a addition to this thread, the lights don’t ramp up or down so like I’ve mentioned above everything is currently manual, I do 13 hour night shifts and then sleep in the day so ramping up and ramping down the lights is causing me problems and sometimes are late getting full sun mode on and sometimes full sun is on too long, is it possible for me to just put all the lights on at same time and just run them on a timer plug?

I do currently only have fish but looking to get some easy corals in next week or two

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