My first Marine (nano to 300L)

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  1. ReefStudent

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    Ok so here is what happened... In the beginning of 2013 I started the build of a 150L (total volume) marine nano. This was against my initial thought but because of budget constraints there was no option.

    This nano was 4weeks into its cycle when i decided that this little tank wont make me happy at all, so i bit the bullet and transferred all the nano's equipment into a 300L tank.:tt2:

    This cost me some extra cash because i needed some extras... but was well worth it in the end. After I redid the sump for this tank and got everything running, I now have a 450L (total volume) with a 300L DT, marine, which i must say is much better size to work with than the 150L.

    This tank has gone through its cycle process and is now officially a marine tank with some basic softies and beginner fish.

    I should probably say a BIG thanx to @CW and @reefExpress for all their help and advice the last couple of months! :thumbup:
     
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    We want picsor it never happend :p
     
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    Post some pics:p
     
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    Here is some pictures...will have some better ones up soon

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    Looking good:thumbup:
     
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    Update time:p
     
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    I will do a nice update on monday morning PROMISE:tt2:
     
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    Ok guys, sorry for the pics 3 weeks after i promised them, its been a hectic month with exams and my dissertation coming to an end, and not to mention the proposal for masters... but enough moaning, here is some pics that I took with the phone last night...

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    Hope this helps a bit. As you can see I don't have that much corals yet, being a fulltime student and reefer takes a lot of budgeting...
     
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    Well done man.... corals and fish looking very healthy....:slayer:
     
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    Hay guys... thinking of going the LED route... Can anyone advise me on this? Out of personal experience would be preferred... I was looking at the MAXSPECT R420R (Razor) LED 16000 120W... this would be for my 1.2m for now and then hopefully soon for my 1.5m tank...

    If there is any other recommendations, please feel free to tell me.
     
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    Express Reefs Insane DIY Led unit - Marine Aquariums South Africa
     
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    Morning guys, I have been doing some more searching and came across the Pharos 90W Cree Wireless Controlled Intelligent LED Module.

    I know I would need to buy two for my 1.2m , and again if anyone has any experience with these, any comments would be much appreciated.

    @ExpressReef I will pay you a visit when your back from your ventures to other countries... Maybe I can get you to build me one :tt2:
     
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    Im back...
     
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    So i made a decision regarding the led units. Thanx for the input @reefExpress , @CW and @Andre@ReefAquatics.

    My new toys came in the post yesterday AND I must say, I couldn't be happier! these are awesome lights!

    Here are some pics, just to prove that it happened :p

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    Looking good and love the lights, excellent buy!!!:thumbup:
     
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    Hey Jaco, looking great !!!

    However "TURN IT DOWN", you don't want to shock your softies. Start only running them at 50% blue and 30% whites gradually increase them up to 75% -60% over a few weeks.

    I will send the suspension kit in the post soon. When you get the suspension kit you can raise the units higher.
     
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    Until then, silicone those brackets to your euro bracing. You can always remove it afterwards.
    Sooner or later you will bump the light unit causing it to drop into the tank. Rather be safe until the hanging kit arrives
     
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    Thank you guys for the advice, and yes I will need to suspend them higher and for now fix them to the bracing...

    Thanx for the advice guys
     
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    @Andre@ReefAquatics I toned them down drastically, although they were only running at 65% (these are bright lights haha)... will follow advice from the masters here. And thank you for the suspension kit!

    This may be a dumb question but how exactly does the cloud simulation work?

    Thanx @EFJ Im really happy with these and would recommend them any day!
    @RiaanP, made a plan with that mounts :blush:
     
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