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Forum: Lighting   09-16-2013, 08:59 PM
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Posted By jgc
I tend not to worry about too much light - this...

I tend not to worry about too much light - this tank used to have a 250 watt hqi on it. It was wonderful looking then.
Forum: Lighting   09-16-2013, 06:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 472
Posted By jgc
I am thinking of getting something like this for...

I am thinking of getting something like this for my boat - and if I do I would probably retask it for my tank 99% of the time. I am currenly using a RAY II and have lost all my high light plants. ...
Forum: Lighting   11-26-2012, 05:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,099
Posted By jgc
agreed - everything we do is an estimation. More...

agreed - everything we do is an estimation. More of an art than a science. PAR in Air gives us a good comparable baseline.

That said, I now have I week with the Ray II on my tank. While much...
Forum: Lighting   11-26-2012, 05:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,319
Posted By jgc
Did not take time for good new pics (quick pics...

Did not take time for good new pics (quick pics are in the tanks blog) - but very encouraging 1 week growth with the Ray II.
Forum: Tank Journals   11-26-2012, 05:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,425
Posted By jgc
One week after Ray II, very nice new growth ...

One week after Ray II, very nice new growth
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=9560&pictureid=13176

Dry start of moss - will see how this works...
Forum: Lighting   11-21-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,099
Posted By jgc
In addition to the refraction of the light as it...

In addition to the refraction of the light as it enters the water (essentially creating a lens), there is now a water/glass rather than an air/glass interface which I suspect reflects more light...
Forum: Equipment   11-20-2012, 08:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 805
Posted By jgc
The outdoor one looks interesting as well. That...

The outdoor one looks interesting as well. That said, tempted to say to hell with it all and go to a relay based system
Forum: Lighting   11-19-2012, 04:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,319
Posted By jgc
Well, I posted the pictures in my tank's blog. ...

Well, I posted the pictures in my tank's blog. Time will tell how the spectrum agrees with the plants. It is not as much light as my old 250watt hqi. Hard to tell if it is more or less than 1/2 of...
Forum: Tank Journals   11-19-2012, 03:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,425
Posted By jgc
Ray II ...

Ray II
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=9560&pictureid=13123

2x ODNO Shoplight
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=9560&pictureid=13124

250watt HQI...
Forum: Lighting   11-19-2012, 03:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,099
Posted By jgc
I can not address a 75 gallon directly, but I...

I can not address a 75 gallon directly, but I have a 58 show - which is a 75 cut down to 3 ft.

My 250watt metal halide was failing so I rushed this experiment (it will run about 10 minutes and...
Forum: Lighting   11-15-2012, 10:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 813
Posted By jgc
Finnex is a site sponsors. I suspect that...

Finnex is a site sponsors. I suspect that aquavibrant.com is linked in somehow. Reviews have been favorable - good marketing or a good product.

I punted and put my diy project on hold. A Ray 2...
Forum: Tank Journals   11-14-2012, 08:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,425
Posted By jgc
:icon_cry:The sun is flickering. I really do not...

:icon_cry:The sun is flickering. I really do not know how many hours a day it is on and how many it is off - I fear a lot of off, as my green water went away.

Lighting system 4 is designed, but...
Forum: Lighting   11-13-2012, 04:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,319
Posted By jgc
The majic of LED's (are they really that efficeint-help deciding lighting)

I am tired. Tired of repairing and replacing failing lighting.

I started out with only minimal concern for budget. I have had my 250 watt hqi fail and be rebuilt at least 6 times now (and it's...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-29-2012, 04:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,425
Posted By jgc
10/27/2012 ...

10/27/2012
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/picture.php?albumid=9560&pictureid=12832

Special thanks to OVT, who's plant package made this tank rebuild possible. Essentially all plants came from...
Forum: Tank Journals   10-25-2012, 09:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,425
Posted By jgc
Well, the blog still exists so I guess I will try...

Well, the blog still exists so I guess I will try to update it...

The sun died again, and I got fed up with it. Built a 2x96 pc because as well as the 2xODNO worked it looked terrible. Tank...
Forum: Equipment   10-23-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,960
Posted By jgc
I have not had a killer dump, but I am using a...

I have not had a killer dump, but I am using a 20lb cylinder with a commercial regulator. I am considering a paintball set up for another tank - (I already do bulk refills at home for other...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   10-16-2012, 05:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,432
Posted By jgc
I do not recall when I made it (maybe 8 years...

I do not recall when I made it (maybe 8 years ago), but I use a device like the Barr changer as well (mine is drilled on the side and has a diffuser mesh inside - it will break syphon when the tank...
Forum: Planted Nano Tanks   09-21-2007, 05:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,190
Posted By jgc
nice tank - is it home grown, or can you tell us...

nice tank - is it home grown, or can you tell us where you got it from?
Forum: Lighting   02-19-2007, 07:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,024
Posted By jgc
I had a 250 watt hqi over a 36x18x? oceanic show...

I had a 250 watt hqi over a 36x18x? oceanic show tank. The metal halide had questionable coverage on the sides, and really needed some florescent fill lighting.

I just put in a 2x96 ahsupply on...
Forum: Equipment   02-17-2007, 08:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,108
Posted By jgc
The ladder will work, and can be bought...

The ladder will work, and can be bought seperatly. I am not sure if the bamboo chop stick (1" piece 1/2 stuck in the airhose) will create too much back pressure or not - but it is a cheep diy...
Forum: Lighting   02-17-2007, 03:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,748
Posted By jgc
While I am fairly confident that good reflectors...

While I am fairly confident that good reflectors will help get light into your aquarioum. Physics will ultmately favor smaller diameter bulbs. T-8 bulbs are 60% larger diameter than T-5. To keep...
Forum: Lighting   02-17-2007, 03:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 549
Posted By jgc
You might want to tell us more about your current...

You might want to tell us more about your current system as well - Brand, type etc...

I think magnetic ballists fixtures have starters. That is what usually burned out first for me. They cost a...
Forum: Lighting   02-16-2007, 09:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 671
Posted By jgc
AHS was increadably quick with shipping. Will be...

AHS was increadably quick with shipping. Will be installing the lights this weekend, hopefully can salvage most of my species - I have lost about 50% of my biomass during this dim out.
Forum: Lighting   02-16-2007, 09:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 937
Posted By jgc
ODNO is Over Driven, Normal Output. Once...

ODNO is Over Driven, Normal Output.

Once upon a time, offices had 8 ft flourcent bulbs about 1.25" round. Then to conserve energy they went to 4 ft bulbs about the same length - these are known...
Forum: Lighting   02-13-2007, 02:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 937
Posted By jgc
there is a large sticky thread about odno. It...

there is a large sticky thread about odno. It will get the most out of a shoplight.

That said, I have one, it works amazingly well, it is by far not my first choice in lighting.

Lighting is...
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