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Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by mike Bushie, 29 Nov 2008.

  1. mike Bushie

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    I have a few unrelated questions to ask you guys

    1) what is the best distance a 150watt MH should be from the water surface for sps
    2) If i where to paint my tanks outside which paint should i use
    3) Is there a way to silence an algae scrubber
    4) if i where to place another blue light in my tank am i right in saying it should be
    placed infront

    shot chaps:yeahdude:
     
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    Just my thoughts
     
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    shot bud.
    Anyone else got thoughts
     
  5. gaz19

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    agree with lighty
    to answer number one also depends where you going to place the sps (how low down)
    and also hw deep your tank is
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i hope this helps..
     
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    paint

    There are two pack paints based on resins and are non toxic to your tank life once cured.

    i would find a high acidic cure resin paint and use it,possibly a boat gel coat.

    Apoxy resins with high acid cure work on glass nicely.

    Don,t use it in the tank.

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    nice reply there pkc, always good to see principles behind an idea rather than just a brand name. thanks:)
     
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    1.As low as your reflectors allow but not too close or water spills could crack your bulb/glass cover.

    2.Well these days you could even go with a good quality pva(silk type pure acrylic).or the epoxy type or enamel...they'll all work but remember to keep the air pumps etc of and the room ventilated whiles its drying.

    3.have a look at the scrubber thread someone had one silenced by adding some kind of gauze at the bottom,he's got a link for it there.its part of his overflow.

    nope play around with it to find the best fit in your tank.in my tank i have from front to back

    2xt5 white 12000k
    1x blue 20000k
    1x white 12000k
    1x pure actinic
    1x actinic blend

    gives me nice flourescence from corals and shows out fish colours nicely.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    perhaps look at water based enamels they will stick well and ber friendlier on the atmosphere...
     
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    er water based enamels?whats that exactly leslie?
    enamels are oil based AFAIK.
     
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    not any more you get water based enamels now, same durability as solvent (turps/thinners) based but brushes are washed in water.. can even thin the enamel with water... no harmful fumes.. etc.. just to give you an idea i work at Venture Otto.. we have a waterbourne painting plant.. most of your mercedes bumpers which we manufacture and paint) are painted with waterbourne paint due to toxcisity levels being experienced by solvent based equivalents..
     
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    hmm interesting stuff leslie but i dont think it's readily available to the public just yet....nice to know though.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    sure it is.. dulux pearlglo non drip enamel thinnable by water.. R383 per 5lt equates to R76.60 per lt..
     
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    good stuff man,should prove to be quite usefull for this purpose!:)
     
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    less getting geoffed on the fumes:razz:
     
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    Lol yeah old school enamels give of some potent fumes.thank goodness even enamels are moving away from solvents as a base and there's some top quality acrylic paint out also these days.
     
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