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    CalmSeasQuest - Reefkeeper
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    Default CalmSeasQuest's Dueling LED Frag Growouts

    LED Growout Challenge - AquaIllumination vs Maxpsect
    Sorry for the delay in getting this thread up - I've been traveling on business since the swap. A couple of the ShyHighs in the DT melted in the time I was away. A few others appear to be struggling - time will tell. I'm not anticipating great growth from the frags placed in either tank as it is primarily a SPS tank running LNS. I'm interested in seeing what, if any differences occur under the different LED lighting using similar PAR and a common water source.

    Both sets of Frags are residing on racks in similar flow. Please excuse the algae on the DT rack - it seems the new egg-crate rack in the DT is leaching a bit of phosphate. Should be gone in a couple weeks.

    Tank showcase is available here

    You can see the Apex status and real-time tank parameters here.

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    39 gallon Cadlight's 24"x20"x20" DSB
    AquaIlluminations Sol Super Blue LED- 2 units - Frags @ 100~140 PAR
    2X6W 403nm LED strips
    MP40 / Reefcrest

    Frag Tank
    17 Gal Advanced Acrylics 24"X24"X8"
    Maxspect G2-160 Frags at 100~140 PAR
    MP40 Lagoon

    Sump
    12Gal sump
    Rio Hyperflow 20HF 1100 GPH return pump
    Tunze 9011 Skimmer
    Evil PAR 38 21W 12K LED
    Tunze Osmolator w/ Tunze Calcium Dispenser
    BRS Dual GFO/GAC filter running HiCap GFO and ROX 0.8 AC
    CO2 Scrubber

    Routine
    BRS 2 part hourly dosing via BRS Peristaltic pumps and Apex
    Vinegar dosing (added to ATO/ Kalkwasser)
    Bi-Weekly 10% water changes - Reef Crystals
    BRS MAG dosed as needed to maintain 1450

    11/21/2010
    DT20101121 - CalmSeasQuest's Dueling LED Frag Growouts


    12/4/2010
    DT 20101204 - CalmSeasQuest's Dueling LED Frag Growouts


    12/30/2010
    DT20101230 - CalmSeasQuest's Dueling LED Frag Growouts

    02/10/2011
    DT20110210 - CalmSeasQuest's Dueling LED Frag Growouts

    02/28/2011
    DT20110228 - CalmSeasQuest's Dueling LED Frag Growouts

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    Frag Tank

    11/21/2010
    FT20101121 - CalmSeasQuest's Dueling LED Frag Growouts


    12/4/2010
    FT20101204 - CalmSeasQuest's Dueling LED Frag Growouts


    12/31/2010
    FT20101230 - CalmSeasQuest's Dueling LED Frag Growouts

    02/10/2011
    FT20110210 - CalmSeasQuest's Dueling LED Frag Growouts

    02/28/2011
    FT20110228 - CalmSeasQuest's Dueling LED Frag Growouts

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    * Cyano and algae bloom prevented accurate count and photos in 1/2011
    Last edited by CalmSeasQuest; 04-10-2011 at 11:35 AM. Reason: 2/28/2011 Update
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    Awesome format Thomas looking forward to see the progress.
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    Great info Tom.

    Thanks for sharing. I just started a system with a Maxspect G2-110. Very interested in seeing the progress here

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    The pic under the Maxspect G2-160 LEDs-

    I am counting 6 eyes of rah and 5 green bay packers. Think ya got the count switched.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Patrick View Post
    The pic under the Maxspect G2-160 LEDs-

    I am counting 6 eyes of rah and 5 green bay packers. Think ya got the count switched.
    Thanks Chris - I had them misidentified in both sets- Fixed

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    Original post updated to include 12/04/2010 photos and polyp count data.

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    Pretty neat tagging along.

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    Thanks for the information, Tom. This is a great way to highlight LED performance.

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    Great job on that first post! Looks great!

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    12/30 update finally posted.

    Note I've got a couple Frags reversed in the 12/30 DT photo (moved the Frag rack to clean glass a few fell to the substrate - I then replaced them in the wrong order.). I'll switch them back to the original order in the next update to keep things standard.

    As expected, I'm not getting much growth as these tanks are maintained as LNS for SPS. I have started dosing a small amount of AAs (Brightwell) in the hopes of promoting some growth. I've also been fighting a Cyano outbreak as a result of varying Carbon dosing testing.

    All considered, I'm pleased I haven't lost any Frags thus far.

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