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pjr's 100% LED 130g reef


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    Default pjr's 100% LED 130g reef

    Tank running since Feb 3, 2005. Lighting converted from MH to all LEDs since June 2009. Driven by Sunbrite LED "bulbs" (8x 72"). Now slowly converting the LED tubes to the new Cree-based models.

    Tank Brand AGA, 72x18x24. Stand built by professional carpenter thru Fish Doctors of Canton.
    No Substrate: Starboard on bottom, now covered with thick coraline.

    Flow created with a Tunze 6100 (on controller, alternating from 30% to 100%) and a Hydor mini. Return is an Iwaki 30. Skimmer is a Tunze 9010.

    A Reefkeeper 2 keeps it organized, and a Litermeter tops it off. Bulk Reef Supply 2 part solutions keep matters balanced.

    FTS Feb 2010 - pjr's 100% LED 130g reef

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    Detroit's oldest large LED tank! Est'd Jan 2005, went LED June 2009. 6' wide 130g reef, Sunbrite T10 LED tubes (3xGen 3 and 1xGen 1), mostly SPS, but chalices, other LPS, and a few softies too.
    http://pjr-reef.blogspot.com/

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    tazzy695 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    looking sweet pat keep up the good work

    looks like you are getting some awesome growth from those leds
    I have been reefing from 08-2007 till 5-2011

    reef tanks are like wifes you have to give them some attention every now and then

    current tank is an 80g FW containing Oscars

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    ReeferRob - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Very nice, what is the coral at the top of image number 5? I like that a lot!
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    Stil looks great! A little differnt from last time I saw it- but looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReeferRob View Post
    Very nice, what is the coral at the top of image number 5? I like that a lot!
    purple&yellow scroll(turbinaria)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReeferRob View Post
    Very nice, what is the coral at the top of image number 5? I like that a lot!
    Thx Rob! It's a turbanaria....

    Chris, things are different. Had an SPS loss in July/August due to an alk/calcium issue. But the montis have all recovered and really gone wild, and the acros are getting some nice growth too.

    tazzy, yep the LEDs are really working well. In many ways beyond my expectations! It was a real crap shoot at the time, but they have been a delight visually and the drop in energy use and heat is a joy as well.
    Detroit's oldest large LED tank! Est'd Jan 2005, went LED June 2009. 6' wide 130g reef, Sunbrite T10 LED tubes (3xGen 3 and 1xGen 1), mostly SPS, but chalices, other LPS, and a few softies too.
    http://pjr-reef.blogspot.com/

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    ReeferRob - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Have you truly noticed the energy savings in your monthly bills?
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    For sure. At least $30 per month. I ran 2x250 (M58 ballast) and 1x175 (M57), with 2x96w PC actinics on only about 3 hours per day. And also didn't need to run the AC, which was REQUIRED to keep the tank under 82* in the summer, otherwise it would spike to 86* or more. Last year, with no ac, I hit 81* just once.
    Last edited by pjr; 03-22-2010 at 06:48 AM.
    Detroit's oldest large LED tank! Est'd Jan 2005, went LED June 2009. 6' wide 130g reef, Sunbrite T10 LED tubes (3xGen 3 and 1xGen 1), mostly SPS, but chalices, other LPS, and a few softies too.
    http://pjr-reef.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReeferRob View Post
    Have you truly noticed the energy savings in your monthly bills?
    +1 On the energy savings question.....I know it is less to power one of these but I would be interested in hearing the numbers that you are seeing.

    Tank looks great!

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    Truly awesome Pjr. I will be following in your (LED) foot steps soon. I start my rebuild tomorrow.
    I might start a thread for it because I probably could use some input.

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