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Whenever I dose my fertilizers, I like to imagine my Blyxa going -

"om nom nom nom nom nom"



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That blyxa bush would look cool on a chia pet head!

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Tony... in light of that post and my comment, I had a flash of inspiration. Your blyxa is talking to you! You can bust an Oliver Knott scape



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^ ROFL hahaha

Brian! That awesome, I like your choice of Comic Sans font on the text. Is it me or does that chic pet guy look like Obama?


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Yeah it is... I just google-imaged chia pets... thought that one looked funny enough. LOL


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New scape idea, model head with aquatic plants for hair.

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Haha that's a great idea :P


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Maybe Brian has the skills to pull that scape off, not me though.


Also, I got a nice little surprise in the mail after picking up my Swagelok fittings. My new Parker H3 valve arrive from a fellow member here. Not sure if I should mention his name but it was a great transaction. He kept the price similar to the e|bay deal, and added a mountain of unnecessary bubble wrap.



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I found some older pictures of the tank back in the day, check out the Blyxa and HC vs Blyxa and Glosso:

Current: Glosso


Old: HC


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I got a treat in the mail today (FedEx allows Saturday pickup), so without further to do, here is my new LEDs lighting system. It's x2 MicMol Mini v2, built in timer with individual Red and Blue channels.

I will have a formal review of these lights in a bit.




These are the newer version of their AquaMini, with extra features that are gear towards the high end crowd.

I have the "colour" version of the lights with Cree Leds along with a "wider" spectrum of light.

Time for a new scape maybe?

Edit: I am confused.


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Heck yeah, man! Those look cool. I really like there's blue and red channels + Cree chips. Sounds like they're going to be great. This is the first time I've heard of those. Can't wait to see your review and more eyecandy. Any idea of PAR numbers? Anyways, I do think a new scape is in order. Congrats on getting the hook-ups on vendor pricing as well.


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is that just the shell to a mac mini? looks like it has the cd drive on the side still? lol pretty cool lights!


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It's going to be really hard to do a fair review as I have no other LED fixtures (not counting the fluval edge) to compare to.

Hopefully I can remain neutral and judge these based on their merits and not their eye candy. Speaking of which, I forgot to mention the LCD screen and touch control on the unit. I know, I know, I'll be less bias.

The Par data was given on their older Aqua Mini unit which is discounted. I remember looking at the graph and seeing 140 par at my tank's height but I'm not completely sure. I'll ask for some Par data and see what they say.

It shares a lot of things in common with one particular fruit company. Here what's inside the box, it's a very nicely package box, again, reminds me of a fruit company. After taking out the light fixture, this is what you get:


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Hello to you too MicMol!



Pull on the white ribbon you say? Sure.



An array of plastic accessories? Nope.



Metal.



Close up of the accessories.



Hanging kit included, metal fixtures as well. I won't be able to hang this though.



Manual of the lights states that it includes 3 brackets for 3 mm, 2mm and 1 mm tanks.



I'll set one up later, and write a detail review on the lights. I haven't even taken the protective plastic wrap off the lights, which is the best part of buying anything new. The "cd tray" is where the air is cooled with the built in fan. And yeah, storm effect and separate channels levels and timer are there.


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Mini Update:


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Early impression of the light - Marine light? It gives off the impression of a reef light and its really bright. Glancing at the LEDs will leave you with flying stars in your eyes, it was a lesson I should of learned from that ADA girl looking into the ADA LEDs on youtube- WAHHH!

Normal full spec (all channels on)


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Cree Green boost, Orsam Red boost, Orsam Green boost




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It's super bright, you can turn each colour from 0 - 100% and you have a timer built in. All of this surely adds up right? Well, here why it might not be a "planted light" fixture.

There is only 3 white LED, while others are a mix of blue, green and red. The marine version includes several different types of blue, 400 - 500 nm spectrum, the kind or spectrum reef keepers love. So what about the planted scene? You can definitely make this work, but I recommend a smaller tank. Even a small deep tank would work.

Besides the blinding light from this fixture, what I don't see is how 3 white LED can power my tank. This light reminds me of the AquaticLife T5HO fixture I brought and return a while back. It gives off this violet hue, sort of like the kind of light people use for showing off fish.

I'll see if this light can make my plants pearl, I doubt it though.


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Interested to see how this turns out.


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Perhaps my reasoning is not justify. After all, these are the Aqua "Mini" and not the larger "Pro" version. Maybe I'm trying to get this fixture to do something it wasn't made for.

One of the issue with this light, or maybe a feature, is the simmer effect. If you ever seen a reef tank with LEDs, you will notice the random beams of light bouncing off of everything. I for one, can't stand the simmer. My entire tank turns into a disco ball with these. Supposedly Cree Leds and Orsam Leds are top of the line so you can imagine how much simmer there is.

One things for sure, this light would be perfect for a mini reef where "brightness" is not the point, it's the wave length. Reefers wants the things inside their tanks to "glow", planted tank guys want their plants to "grow".


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