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Old 11/12/2017, 06:36 PM   #4926
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Orcus,

How did you transition your reef to using the T5's? I'm looking to add 4 T5 at the beginning of the new year and was wondering how you acclimated everything.


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Old 11/12/2017, 10:11 PM   #4927
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How did you transition your reef to using the T5's? I'm looking to add 4 T5 at the beginning of the new year and was wondering how you acclimated everything.


If switching from the AB+ full power profile I would switch to my t5ho profile and add 1 bulb a week over a month. When I made the change I just kind of switched thinking everything would be okay since PAR was roughly the same. Well that was a bad idea, I lost some corals and bleached others. I think the downfall was I failed to take into account that even though PAR was the same coverage was worlds better. In essence previously shaded regions of my corals were suddenly blasted with way more PAR then they were used to and they bleached out. After the initial adjustment period though I must say that I couldnít be happier with the results. Just take it slow and youíll be alright!


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Old 11/12/2017, 10:23 PM   #4928
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Just took some PAR readings with my AI Hydra 52 HD, with the SPS AB+ high power (w/ peaks) program that Orcus had posted, with one modification. I increased the whites by a lot (probably bumped them up to twice as much as the baseline).





I have no corals (yet), and just anemones. The H. Magnifica is getting toasted with over 400! It hasn't moved from the pedestal rock I made for it, and the lighting probably has a lot to do with it. When I introduced it to the tank, I put it right where it is today, and it hasn't moved since.

The BTAs I'm guessing are pretty happy. The flow is a bit strong for them, but light seems to be enough.

My whites are bumped high because I subjectively like the aesthetics of the lights to be less blue. Still plenty of color and coolness to the tank, but my home office still looks nice.



When I get SPS, I'm going to probably have to modify the whites... since they may just totally burn the SPS up. Or do you guys think they'll be fine with slow acclimation?


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Old 11/13/2017, 05:09 AM   #4929
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If switching from the AB+ full power profile I would switch to my t5ho profile and add 1 bulb a week over a month. When I made the change I just kind of switched thinking everything would be okay since PAR was roughly the same. Well that was a bad idea, I lost some corals and bleached others. I think the downfall was I failed to take into account that even though PAR was the same coverage was worlds better. In essence previously shaded regions of my corals were suddenly blasted with way more PAR then they were used to and they bleached out. After the initial adjustment period though I must say that I couldnít be happier with the results. Just take it slow and youíll be alright!


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Sounds good! I will definitely do that. Thank you for your efforts on this thread. I think it has been a benefit for everyone with hydra lights for sure.


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Old 11/13/2017, 05:17 AM   #4930
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Just took some PAR readings with my AI Hydra 52 HD, with the SPS AB+ high power (w/ peaks) program that Orcus had posted, with one modification. I increased the whites by a lot (probably bumped them up to twice as much as the baseline).





I have no corals (yet), and just anemones. The H. Magnifica is getting toasted with over 400! It hasn't moved from the pedestal rock I made for it, and the lighting probably has a lot to do with it. When I introduced it to the tank, I put it right where it is today, and it hasn't moved since.

The BTAs I'm guessing are pretty happy. The flow is a bit strong for them, but light seems to be enough.

My whites are bumped high because I subjectively like the aesthetics of the lights to be less blue. Still plenty of color and coolness to the tank, but my home office still looks nice.



When I get SPS, I'm going to probably have to modify the whites... since they may just totally burn the SPS up. Or do you guys think they'll be fine with slow acclimation?


I have unfortunately never been able to acclimate sps to more then 24-25% whites even with a slow acclimation. The Cree XP2 Cool White diodes are very hard on sps for some reason. I like you much prefer a color temp closer to 10k, the way I achieved this was by adding some Geissmann tropic 6500k & ATI Coral Plus t5 supplements.

By the way you have a darn nice setup, looks fantastic. I canít wait to see that mag literally take up the entire tank!!!


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Old 11/13/2017, 05:19 AM   #4931
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Sounds good! I will definitely do that. Thank you for your efforts on this thread. I think it has been a benefit for everyone with hydra lights for sure.


You are very welcome! I thank you and everyone else for participating and keeping this thread going for so long.


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Old 11/13/2017, 09:31 PM   #4932
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I just wish they had an upgrade from hydra52 to the hd as I have 6 -52s over my 190 and Iíd have to sell my 52s to buy the new HDís which sucks but Iíll wait until they change the white leds and also add warm whites like the radions. Iím sure that will be next for these guys.


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Old 11/13/2017, 10:14 PM   #4933
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I just wish they had an upgrade from hydra52 to the hd as I have 6 -52s over my 190 and Iíd have to sell my 52s to buy the new HDís which sucks but Iíll wait until they change the white leds and also add warm whites like the radions. Iím sure that will be next for these guys.


As AI are owned by Ecotech now I would definitely expect a lot of similarities between the Radion G4 and next generation hydras. Honestly wouldnít be surprised if they merged the two brands keeping the hydra moniker as a mid range lighting brand. The addition of some warmer white diodes I have to agree would be wonderful. Something around 6500k would be ideal imo!


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Old 11/14/2017, 03:26 PM   #4934
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Hi Orcus,

i realy like you SPS AB+ settings and they work very well . I'm running 3 Hydra 26 HD on a Reefers 525xL.

I would like to add a Bluelight Phase for 2-3 Hours to have great fluorescent look in the very late evening. Do you have any suggestions how this will not stress out the corals and what would be the best fluorescent settings you can recomment ?

I have tryed a lot of times, but to get the very good fluorescent look i have to much lightblue what will make the water shine to much.

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Old 11/14/2017, 03:31 PM   #4935
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As AI are owned by Ecotech now...
Didn't know that until now lol

Are you guys turning your Red and Green settings to 0%? From a lot of online sources, it says to turn them down to 0% on the display tank because it promoted algae growth.

What are people doing with this?


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Old 11/14/2017, 06:21 PM   #4936
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Didn't know that until now lol

Are you guys turning your Red and Green settings to 0%? From a lot of online sources, it says to turn them down to 0% on the display tank because it promoted algae growth.

What are people doing with this?

No, I turn them up with white to get the look I want. I always assume Algae is a nutrient problem not a light problem. Not many watts of red/green to worry about.


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Old 11/14/2017, 06:27 PM   #4937
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Didn't know that until now lol

Are you guys turning your Red and Green settings to 0%? From a lot of online sources, it says to turn them down to 0% on the display tank because it promoted algae growth.

What are people doing with this?


Iím with @rishma nutrients cause algae not light imo. I think the red and green channels are essential for proper chromatoprotien formation and zooxanthella health. Most of our corals are from less then 20í of water. As such they get plenty of this wavelength light in their natural environment.


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Old 11/14/2017, 06:30 PM   #4938
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Leaving the blues on 5% or less for a few hrs at the end of the day shouldnít be an issue.


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Old 11/14/2017, 08:01 PM   #4939
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Old 11/15/2017, 12:14 PM   #4940
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Orcus,

What is the height of your lights off the water now that you added T5?

Thanks


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Old 11/15/2017, 09:46 PM   #4941
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What is the height of your lights off the water now that you added T5?

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