Equipment

Radion schedule described in detail

Radion Gen2 Xr30 hangs over a 60g rimless cube.

Explaining the Radion schedule isn't that simple, unless there's some trick I'm not aware of. I've had quite a few people ask me for the schedule I use over the 60g Anemone Cube. For the past 25 months (as of December 2015), I've had a Radion Xr30 Gen2 over that tank. If you want to download that file, here it is: 

MelevsSavedRadionSchedule2015-12-08.etg  (right click, save as to your harddrive)

My light is set 8" from the surface of the water, hanging from ceiling with the adjustable hanging kit.

You can start with a brand new schedule. In EcoSmart Live, find your Radion fixture.  Then on the right side of the screen, click on Schedule Options, and then "Load from template".  I like Radiant Color - my favorite. Set the starting time, ending time and intensity, and click Set.

An inexpensive Refugium Bulb

For over a year, I'd been using a small spiral compact fluorescent bulb that only cost $7, with an output that was 75w of 6500K lighting. Under this 'daylight' color, my macro algae grew steadily. While shopping at Home Depot, I came across a new sealed-floodlight bulb that caught my interest. This new bulb costs $10, and also uses 19w. The one thing the package didn't mention was what Kelvin (color temperature) the bulb was. Please read this entire article, as a better bulb became apparent during 2005.

Cooling with fans

I'm based in Texas and have been in the hobby since 1998.  In all that time, I've never used a chiller for my tanks.  I prefer to keep the room temperature comfortable for me around the clock, and thus my aquariums have never gotten overheated.  However, in the summer months it always helps to use cooling fans.  They are economical, relatively silent and take up little space.

How to set up a Calcium Reactor

A calcium reactor is a piece of equipment that helps maintain alkalinity and calcium in a reef tank. For years, I didn't buy one mainly because they are expensive, and dosed my tank with B-Ionic daily. That worked fine for a 29 gallon and a 55 gallon reef, but if your tank is larger than those, you may decide that a calcium reactor is the better choice long term.

How does a sump work?

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A sump gives you greater control over your reef or fish-only display tank. The benefits far exceed the risks, and thus most successful aquariums you'll see utilize a sump. Some even incorporate a refugium as well. Here are the numerous benefits derived from incorporating a sump into your current setup:

 

Metal Halide Lighting - A brief overview

Lighting consists of three parts: ballast, bulb, and reflector. The combination of these three makes the difference between good lighting and great lighting. The following information should give you a better grasp of the choices involved.

PAR - Measuring Lighting Intensity with a Meter

After years of running Metal Halide (MH) lighting over my tanks, I really wanted to take some measurements to find out what type of intensity (PAR) the bulbs would give off. Dr. Sanjay Joshi recommends better reflectors, stating that they will increase lighting output by 300% compared to the standard 'spider' reflectors I've been using.

Sequence Dart: Replacing the Seals

Much to my displeasure, my Sequence Dart started gushing water out of the area where the pump's drive shaft was located. After contacting Sequence Dart for assistance, they quickly shipped out replacement seals free of charge.http://www.reeflopumps.com/

Installing them wasn't as easy as I'd hoped, and thus I decided I might as well document the process for others that wish they had some pictures to go along with the instruction sheet provided.

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