Brandon's 300 gallon peninsula tank

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Re: Brandon's 300 gallon peninsula tank

Postby phurst » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:09 pm

I bet. Should help tremendously with the heat as well.
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Re: Brandon's 300 gallon peninsula tank

Postby five&dime » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:31 am

I pulled the halides out last night. Can't wait to get the new lights! I suppose I should try to sell my Lumatek ballast and Hamilton 250DE's. I bet there isn't much demand for those now though.

I ordered all of this for better wire/equipment management to. It should really clean up the inside of the cabinet because currently, it's less than ideal.

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Re: Brandon's 300 gallon peninsula tank

Postby phurst » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:47 am

Your canopy is going to look like a server room :)
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Re: Brandon's 300 gallon peninsula tank

Postby five&dime » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:51 am

That's the plan!
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Re: Brandon's 300 gallon peninsula tank

Postby five&dime » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:53 pm

The 2" cable raceway was a little tight so I ordered the 3". Lights were delayed and arrive today. Placed my first live Aquaria divers den order so anxious to see how the stuff looks. Got some sps and a black clam. Also bought a bunch of stuff from deep end that I'll post this weekend.
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Re: Brandon's 300 gallon peninsula tank

Postby phurst » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:59 pm

Oooh, I'll be interested in seeing that clam!
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Re: Brandon's 300 gallon peninsula tank

Postby five&dime » Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:59 pm

I picked up and mounted my AP700's yesterday. No photos yet.

I am very impressed with them. I never wanted to go LED prior because I didn't like the pinpoint of color I saw on the bottom of most tanks. I also didn't like the shimmer they created. These are much closer to MH in regards to the shimmer and there is no individual LED pinpoint on the bottom whatsoever. The proprietary actinic blue they create is amazing and the colors pop like I never imagined.

The 10 point custom graphs are great. I have mine set from 2% full blue starting at 8:30 am to 65% peak full white at 1pm. Drops to 25% at 6:30 pm then to 1%. It just gradual moves from one point to the other which is very nice. The lunar function is fantastic too.

Using the app is very easy and straight forward. It's slightly annoying that I have to connect to the AP700's and then back to wifi when using them but I don't see the need to make changes too often.

Storm feature is very cool although more gimmicky than anything. People love to watch it though..

I will say that they do not have the visual intensity or coverage like the MH's did but I feel that the pros far outway the cons thus far. I decided to keep all 8 T5's because it really helps fill in some of the spots that the AP700's don't reach and I am seriously considering adding a 3rd fixture which I think would be perfect for this peninsula style layout.

In summary, I am glad I made the swap!
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Re: Brandon's 300 gallon peninsula tank

Postby khh27 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:34 pm

Trust me even though the lights dont look visually like high par is being created. They probably are. Leds are much more efficient and par is achieve more at visually less light output

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Re: Brandon's 300 gallon peninsula tank

Postby five&dime » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:44 pm

Wiring was a mess before. So much better now! Here are some shots at 65% intensity with almost all white. Plus the T5's. The tank is running cooler now too. Enough to not even turn on the auxiliary fan anymore!




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Re: Brandon's 300 gallon peninsula tank

Postby five&dime » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:38 pm

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