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post #211 of 340 (permalink) Old 02-25-2013, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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Put together a quick video yesterday showing the nightlight and the halide coming on and a few creature shots.

Recently moved the Brachygobius across from their nano as I changed my mind on their ID from soft water aggregatus to more brackish doriae/sabanus, so figured they'd enjoy the hard water. They've settled in nicely and quickly kicked usurped the 10 times larger peacock gobies from their favorite spot!

Forgive the messy emersed section and the still to be panted intake sponge, they're on the to do list.

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post #212 of 340 (permalink) Old 02-25-2013, 09:37 PM
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Beautiful video! You have some excellent shots in there, and that aquarium is top notch!

I like creepy things, vines included.

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wow---stunning tank! Enjoyed the video very much

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post #214 of 340 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 04:25 PM
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This is my favorite tank, so natural.
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post #215 of 340 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 05:29 PM
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This is my favorite tank, so natural.
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post #216 of 340 (permalink) Old 03-01-2013, 04:46 AM
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I also enjoyed the video Tom. Loved the dawn sequence and the closeups are very nice.

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post #217 of 340 (permalink) Old 03-01-2013, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the comments all, glad people like the video.

I do like the way the halides slowly ramp up, I just wish they did a similar thing when turning off. Programmable LEDs would be a lot of fun.
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post #218 of 340 (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Well I've suspected for a while that my cherry shrimp population is pretty mongrel... have had a few really dark red, almost black looking females, and now today I spotted my first completely blue 'cherry'. Any shrimp experts fancy a guess as to what they've hybridised with?

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post #219 of 340 (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 05:34 PM
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One of the best vids I have seen in a long time sir, well done indeed
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post #220 of 340 (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 07:27 PM
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Finally, a video done properly without constant panning, zooming and auto focus off!!! You obviously have experience with video. Nice job.
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post #221 of 340 (permalink) Old 03-13-2013, 10:48 PM
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Love your tank! It's nice to see a tank from the beginning. I would love to try this one day. Your photos and videos are inspiring!!
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post #222 of 340 (permalink) Old 03-28-2013, 08:05 PM
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My heart literally aches when watching your video.

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post #223 of 340 (permalink) Old 03-29-2013, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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One or two of you may recall that some time back in June last year I bought a Kessil a150 'Amazon Sun' from a guy in Australia. Well, thanks to the combined incompetence of both the Australian and British postal systems (ParcelFarce, I'm looking at you), it arrived yesterday! It's been around the world at least 4 times, and in the end we had to resort to having the guy's Mum bring it back to the UK in her luggage.

Anyway, I know a few people are interested in these lights so thought I'd do a quick comparison with my trusty 70w metal halide. Both lights were suspended 50cm above the water, camera was on a tripod and in manual mode, with white balance set to 4150K which best matched my perception of the room without either tank light on. I think the results give a fairly good idea of the rendition of the two units, but make sure you're viewing them in a colour managed browser (ie, not Chrome or IE) if you want an accurate view.

Impressions so far after 2 days with it.... overall I like it. It's very small and means I'll be able to retire my somewhat ugly lighting frame and get a more minimalist fitting of some sort. The colour rendition is pretty good (I tried one of those cheap ebay floodlight LEDs once and it was ghastly, this is much better and nicely contrasty without giving harsh shadows).

The one major issue I have with it is the noise of the little 40mm fan - it's louder than my quite powerful PC and you can hear it over pretty much anything else in the room. Definitely enough to be annoying in a bedroom. I've opened the can up and it looks like its a standard PC northbridge style fan, so I've ordered a supposedly quiet replacement fan and I'm hoping it'll be pretty straightforward to swap out.

So... 70w halide with (I think) a 6000k bulb in -

And the Kessil a150 (rated as 6700K) -

So, not actually much different!

Afraid I don't have a par meter to check that, but visually it looks similarly bright to my 70w halide. Photoshop reckons the cropped underwater section of the image is about 20% brighter with the Kessil, which seems believable.

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1) Love the video, great music.
2) I need to get a macro lense

Amazing tank!

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post #225 of 340 (permalink) Old 03-31-2013, 05:17 AM
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I love your tank. It is very natural and beautiful.

You've done an amazing job!
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