jestersix 150G PlasmaLand

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by jestersix, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. jestersix

    jestersix Sponsor

    My new baby is finally up and running. 150G acrylic with 2 x 290W Stray Light Optical Seashine plasma lights. Running the lights with a Reefkeeper Lite and Advanced Light Controller module.

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    Dry run...I moved the contents of the 30G in the pic into the 150...

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    FTS with lights at 50%

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  2. seminolecpa

    seminolecpa Past President

    Nice! Afraid to ask how bad the Plasmas set you back.
     
  3. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    The base unit is $995 but it looks like he got some add ons (for dimming)

    http://www.straylightoptical.com/slot/cart.jsf
     
  4. jestersix

    jestersix Sponsor

    These are the final Beta units and were $995 each. After I figured the fixture cost on a MH/T5 combo plus replacement bulb costs, it is just a bit larger cost at the front end and averages out (hopefully).
     
  5. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    Looks good so far. Very interested in seeing the progress
     
  6. jestersix

    jestersix Sponsor

    A few more pics

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  7. jestersix

    jestersix Sponsor

    Top down shot of the clams with the lights at about 50%

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  8. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    Wow - No messing around for an upgrade! Looks good!

    Will the sides of your tank get enough light?
     
  9. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    awesome!!!!
     
  10. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    Nice. Interested to see how the plasma lights do. Are you considering running any kind of actinic lighting?
     
  11. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    nice setup, looking forward to following this- the lighting loos plenty bright, any PAR comparisons? That mystery wrasse (?) looks really cool!
     
  12. jestersix

    jestersix Sponsor

    Thanks guys...

    Not planning on running any actinics at this point - I like the whiter side of the spectrum. Running Blue Lunar Pods at night but that is about all the blue for now. No PAR values yet, but will be getting the CVR (my home club) PAR meter in a couple of weeks. You can bet I'll post up a ton of PAR readings at the various settings. The wrasse is a Melanurus - he absolutely rocks. Sweet personality and a real pig at dinner time, but then again he is a wrasse!
     
  13. Roc

    Roc Guest

    Is there a reason both lights are both toward the center and not even spaced within the demensions of the tank?
     
  14. jestersix

    jestersix Sponsor

    I wanted shadows at the ends of the tank - purely aesthetic. I just liked the way the center focused lighting looked on my rock work. The light rack is made so that I can adjust the postion of the lights should I desire to change.
     
  15. yellojello

    yellojello Supporting Member

    Sweet build. Everything in your tank looks happy =)

    Are those Vortechs on the backwalls? Which modes are you running? I just installed mine yesterday trying to figure all these modes out, using NTM for now.
     
  16. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I prefer the same thing. why waste light on light spill on the glass :)
     
  17. jestersix

    jestersix Sponsor

    Thanks!

    Vortechs they are...love those little guys. Running one on TSM, the older one on Lagoon until the upgrade lit comes in then I'll synch them on TSM. For now. I want to see how that works for a while, then may try some of the otehr settings.

    Glad the wise Gresham agrees with me on lighting - feels like I did something right!
     
  18. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

  19. jestersix

    jestersix Sponsor

    Sorry for the small pics, but I tried to use my FTS - I'll repost later with more "readable" graphics.

    First is with lights at 50%

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    Second is at 100%

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    Lights are 16 inches over top of tank, and the tank is 20 inches deep...
     
  20. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

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