Rygh's 250 gallon - rev.2

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by rygh, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    Can you scrub outside air to get even better?


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  2. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Try soda ash and see if it makes a difference
     
  3. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Disconnected CO2 scrubber.

    The problem: I keep getting an F8 (low air intake) error message on my skimmer.
    And I did notice a slight reduction in skimmer quality.

    I can probably fix it if I want. It was originally set up with air going through both CO2 canisters in series.
    I can change that to go through in parallel, so half the flow in each.
    But it is a debate.
    It did not make a big difference in PH. It made no noticeable difference in Coral.
    And it is yet more equipment to maintain and deal with.
    Plus the expense of the media is not trivial.

    I may just run an air line outside, using 3/4 pipe. I already have several water lines.
     
  4. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    New lights are nearing completion!
    The left side is done and installed. Checking it out for a bit, then finishing the right.
    So far, I really like them.
    Good color.
    The extra UV has some nice "pop"
    The shimmer is what I like. Visible enough to slightly notice, but not crazy like a single Halide.
    Each side uses 6 x AI Prime HD

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  5. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    So no lumina 5.2's?
     
  6. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Nope. Well, except for the sump.
    Simply too much hassle, for basically the same thing.

    Although one electronic tweak:
    I plan to use my old high efficiency power supply from previous lights.
    I will end up with 12 of these power supplies that come with them.
    One came non-functional. Easy return/replace, but looking into the brand .... cheap.
    So one large supply should be better and more power efficient.
     
  7. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Both sets of lights are done, other than a few adjustments.
    So some quick tank shots. tank_l.JPG tank1.JPG tank2.JPG
     
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  8. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    And some closer shots. (Left, Center, Right) tank4.JPG tank5.JPG tank6.JPG
     
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  9. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    That looks like some great coverage. Does it still have some good shimmer? I’m a fan of shimmer.
     
  10. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    It has moderate shimmer. Very noticeable if you look for it, but not particularly obvious if you don't.
    Better than from a distributed bank of LEDs. And better than my DIY LEDs.
    But far from the bright shimmer of MH. I don't like MH shimmer though.
     
  11. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    That is a crap ton of AI primes! Can you control them independently? Might be neat to do a moving Sun effect over the tank. Of course if you're not around it through a good part of the day, yeah just turn on then off :D
     
  12. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    I think with a reeflink you can.


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  13. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    What are the primes sitting on? Thick acrylic?


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  14. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    It is an American crap ton, not a metric one though... :)

    You can do independent on each, yes. No need for any more hardware. Each light can do Wifi or some sort of local (bluetooth?) to the master.
    Right now I just have two masters. Left + Right.
    Probably just keep it simple for now.
     
  15. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Basically sitting on a 1/4 acrylic sheet. I made a box over the top.
    Helps protect house from moisture, plus keeps jumping fish in.
    There are small wood brackets to keep the lights from moving around.
     
  16. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    FYI on the lights:
    Love the LED themselves. Color/control/etc.
    Quality control is pretty poor. Out of 12 lights, I had to replace 2 immediately. One had a dead power supply, one would not boot.
    Fans are quiet if you have 1, but when you have 12, it adds up.
     
  17. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    That's good that they come controllable out of the box via wifi, keep up with the 21st century. not sure if Radions do that now, but I remember when they first came out in true EcoTech form they came out with the product, then put all the controlling add-ons later
     
  18. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    On the other hand, if you do not have a cell phone or laptop, they cannot be programmed.
    Normal wired desktop or no computer ... you are screwed.
     
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  19. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Well if you're that old "get off my lawn" curmudgeon who doesn't have either, I'm sure you know someone who can help you out by coming over for an afternoon and programming your lights
     
  20. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Results from ICP analysis were quite good. Very Happy. :)
    FYI:
    I use standard Instant Ocean salt, with auto-water-exchange.
    I add Magnesium to RODI in barrel before mixing salt.
    I otherwise only dose Alk and Ca.
    I run carbon and GFO, but not that much.

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