led lights and measurement controller needed

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  1. Raven

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    Hi,
    Im in the market for some led light units that will work on a 1500 by 450 by 450.
    Its mostly a softy tank with a couple lps. I also want to get some clams in later. So lights so be suited for that as well.

    Then I need good monitoring hardware. It should be able to measure alk, ph, ca, phosphates etc.
    It must all be automated. I'm getting a bit gatvol with adding 5 drops of this and two scoops of that..
    I wasnt checking my readings the last couple of weeks and my alk dropped to 4. Will be nice to have something to check it for me.
     
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  3. irie ivan

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    In the hobby you are mostly restricted to continuous monitoring of pH, ORP and temp.
    There is a hobby grade calcium monitor, made by American Marine, pinpoint, but not really for constant monitoring, but does take the guesswork out of testing.
    If you are less budget conscious, there is an instrument that can measure almost every parameter we are interested in, distributed by a SOuth African company. Its not hobby grade, industrial / analytical / laboratory grade.
    The "computer" is around R7k and each ion specific electrode / probe between R3k and R5k.
    Probes are availble for:

    Ammonia
    Ammonium
    Calcium
    Total hardness
    Iodide
    Nitrate (not sure if this one will work in saltwater due to chloride interference)
    Copper
    Potassium
    Carbon dioxide...
    Theres more.... But the abovementioned will set you back a pretty penny...

    Another alternative, which the sponsors are most likely able to offer help with, is the range of Hanna and Milwaukee / Martini mini photometers.
    Available for Ca, Alk and PO4.
    It really is a matter of exactly what you want to measure and control and your budget.
     
  4. Ryan Wolmarans

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    Tagging cause i also need it...
     
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    Raven

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    Hi,
    Ok maybe if one can reduce that list then...
    What is the bare minimum a hobby grade can measure?
    For example Reef-angel, but it should be easy to install & to work with.
     
  6. Andre@ReefAquatics

    Andre@ReefAquatics Sponsor

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    @Raven, if you have a budget of R4600.00, I have a LED option for you.
     
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    Raven

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    You can send me the details. I do have a budget for this amount yes....
     
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