Very nice write up @ipkiss
- kinda amazing the information you can learn about your lighting when you have a nice PAR meter available.
For my 75g tank I generally ran red and blue at 100%. I am now seeing some value in adding the green but there is a BIG difference between the Satellite lights and the Radions as far as LED power.
Judging by how your tank looks - I would not be in a big hurry to change much lighting wise.
I do have a Satellite Plus Pro on my low tech 20g tank. I think I have the whites at 30-40%, red at 100% and blue at maybe 70%. I get a decent color in the tank, decent growth, and a decent PUR number.
When all channels are at 100% (yellow button) the Satellite does put out some PAR but to me the PUR value in the mid 50's just didn't work.
Lighting has always been seductive to me. Even in my algae blasting days. So, I feel a kinship with fellow Satellite owners and especially am attentive when I see you guys upgrade because if we had similar enough tastes for a satellite, there may be a viable chance that it's the same again for the next one up. The ability to grow stuff was not really the desire for me to look at different lights. Your readings with your satellite plus pros were the first to alert me to a dissatisfaction. That is, colors are pretty washed out at higher lighting. While PUR does not translate directly to CRI, it does have a more than a little with how my eyes perceive the colors. And also, the funny thing about numbers is that once you know, you start to chase ...
, great write up, very detailed, very helpful. Your plants look great, they're really doing quite well. Plus I like the layout and colors, it's more on the wild side, which is what I like. Your TJ is one of my favorites, just the way you started out and how well it's going , a very good, well written journey.
FWIW, I shut down my Sunblaster/6400K fixture on March 24; there was BBA starting to show up on my C. Parva and on the gravel in a few spots. Initially I had it running for six hours, then down to two and the BBA was still cropping up, so I shut the Sunblaster down. I'm already seeing an improvement. I'll start it again once everything gets back to normal, as I feel the peak lighting added by the Sunblaster helped plant quality with a few plants. It may only be on for 30 minutes a day, but I'll need to experiment to obtain best plant growth with minimum BBA. For your tank, I'd say the lighting is perfect, I probably wouldn't change anything. BTW, my front light is a Current Satellite Pro Plus, 48", and the plants seem to be doing well, so the fixture is providing sufficient lighting for the plants I have.
Thanks to you, too, for always being supportive. As for the Sunblaster, I almost joined your ranks. I even had one in my amazon cart thinking I'd get one just to try. I felt that I just needed a little more oomph and seeing all you guys get that from not spending too much was very tempting. The mounting issue is what gave me pause and while I figured that out, the urge sort of subsided. It's unfortunate that you had a scourge of BBA. I, too, had/have a few tufts against the right front corner where the main outflow bounces against, but I'm going with "I lost my most recent BBA sentry (true SAE)." We'll see. I feel like a change .. if only to try something to try to convince my silly crypt flamingo to do something.
It looks so lush and beautiful! So are you going to change anything with your lighting, based on the PAR readings? or just be more mindful of trimming plants that shade others?
Thanks! Figuring out the PAR was just because I was a little tired of just running on specs from the manufacturer sites. And Gregg said .. well, you gotta know! So figuring out the shading issue was a definite bonus. I'll definitely have to be more mindful of trimming and maintenance now. Anything for an incentive for my least favorite aspect
As for the lighting change, it's more of a coloring issue I want to say.
First, credit where credit is due..Lovely tank...Certainly more masterful in aquaculture than I am..!!!
Someday I'll change my lazy ways..
To be honest.. it's mostly a matter of "quantity"of toning. And also violet LED's..which you have none.
Besides it's magenta.. Blue and red make magenta..
Tone is a personal thing regardless..Maybe you misunderstood me..
Happens all the time.
Point has always been to do what "ONE" likes not what one tells them to like..
I defer to others to show the possibilities..
I wouldn't have really bothered but you said Beetlejuice..
Anyways just a compare/contrast of overall toning..
There is no right or wrong..
and, yea, my wife finds me annoying as well...
(beetlejuice!)! and I definitely understand the part about laziness. Even as recent as a couple pages back, I've allowed my tank conditions to degrade to losing entire species due to neglect ^^; It was definitely this current batch of journals, Gregg being a constant cheerleeder for upkeep, and this current active crew of members just inspiring me to go along and do a little more. The funny thing about identity and doing what one likes is, well, sometimes, one doesn't even know what he/she likes. So what do you do in the beginning? Emulate the leaders. I thought I remembered either you or someone I read championing 'sunlight' colored tanks opposed to those with the "magenta tone" in the past so somehow that idea worked itself into my psyche. Or maybe I (wrongly?) convinced myself to up the "yellow/orange" tone for mid day sun by dropping out blue. But now, I think the charge is for CRI and color popping so I've been convinced to "like" that look