JCole's Glass Box of Acro's

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Crazy, so this is what you use over all your tanks?

No, just this one. I used to run stock Mars Aqua black boxes over my 150 and grew Acro's very well with it. The natural colors weren't great on the corals, but that is to be expected. My avatar is the BC RC Poison Envy that was grown under them, so they did a good job in my opinion. I ended up changing out the diodes in them to a better spectrum, and then eventually swapped them out for all T5s. T5s were great, but with a tank this size, I just cannot justify changing Metal Halide and a bunch of T5s annually. I have never used these SBREEF boards before, but I have always heard they were really good for a black box. I have eight of them laying around, so I figured, why not? They mix well with the metal halides, and so far, I am happy with adding them to the mix.
 

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@JCole, thank you so much! So glad those boards are available! I wouldn't use anything else!

They grow and color all coral, softies, LPS and especially SPS extremely well! Flipper approves!
 

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@JCole, thank you so much! So glad those boards are available! I wouldn't use anything else!

They grow and color all coral, softies, LPS and especially SPS extremely well! Flipper approves!

No problem at all! So far, I really like them, and they complete the 400w Radiums well. I just added two more and now have a total of eight of the SBREEF boards along with four 400w Radiums. Hopefully, that combo will help to grow Acros. :)
 

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No problem at all! So far, I really like them, and they complete the 400w Radiums well. I just added two more and now have a total of eight of the SBREEF boards along with four 400w Radiums. Hopefully, that combo will help to grow Acros. :)

I grow acros very well with that board, you shouldn't have any problems either. Speaking of growth, I've never had such improvement in growth until I installed those boards.
 

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

The system is doing well. I am seeing growth everyday and my 2-part is getting used up quickly. Will need to look into a CArx soon.

A quick walk around the tank
Looks good. Just missing a dash of ozone for that crystal clear water. 🤌 that small tint of the water can cause a dramatic reduction in par AND spectrum. 20k look like 14k, 14k look like 10k, etc.
I'm no sps expert at all. I just know one night I unplugged the ozonator on my frag tank, and a millepora that had been doing great completely RTN'd. 🤷‍♂️
Even though they are reliable, I want to get another for redundancy. It's become the most important equipment on any of my tanks.
 

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Looks good. Just missing a dash of ozone for that crystal clear water. 🤌 that small tint of the water can cause a dramatic reduction in par AND spectrum. 20k look like 14k, 14k look like 10k, etc.
I'm no sps expert at all. I just know one night I unplugged the ozonator on my frag tank, and a millepora that had been doing great completely RTN'd. 🤷‍♂️
Even though they are reliable, I want to get another for redundancy. It's become the most important equipment on any of my tanks.

It's on my list next to get. I plan to get one and installed by the end of the year. The tank isn't that cloudy as in the video. My phone always makes it seem worse than it is. I think its the glare from the lights.

I never ran Ozone on any of my tanks before so I will deffinetly reach out when the time comes.
 

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It's on my list next to get. I plan to get one and installed by the end of the year. The tank isn't that cloudy as in the video. My phone always makes it seem worse than it is. I think its the glare from the lights.

I never ran Ozone on any of my tanks before so I will deffinetly reach out when the time comes.
I always notice leds make a tank look hazy or "muddy" vs. Halides only. Idk why. Maybe they just catch and reflect off the tiny particles more?
 

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Happy New Year everyone!

One of my new years resolutions is to do more DIY items to the tank. Back in the day that is what we all did. It was rare I would buy anything that I couldn't build myself. Over the last couple of years, I find myself spending a ton of money on things I can make myself.

I have been looking at skimmers because the two skimmers I have just don't seem to be cutting it on the system. They either overflow quickly or dry skim very slow. Skimmers for the size of my system would cost $3-4,000. I started thinking of some DIY skimmers I could make. I started pricing large PVC and Acrylic and still found it getting pricey.

I decided to try something out. It looks ghetto but this thing pulls skimmate out that makes my skimmers look like a joke. It is in my garage in my 300 stock tank sump so I don't care what it looks like as long as it works.

Built it for $30 minus the Jebao pump I had laying around. Meet the Venturi driven Bucket skimmer! This is my test run today. I took out my skimmate from my existing skimmer and dumped it in the test bucket. It pulled this out within 2 minutes.

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I wiped all the skimmate out and you can see how it still comes pumping out
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I took the collection cup off and the foam looks good in the body.
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I ended up adding a third bucket on the bottom after the test run to add more dwell time. The final design is all glued and drying in the garage. I plan on turning this on in the system tomorrow to see what it can really do!

It might be ghetto but what do you all think?
 
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Happy New Year everyone!

One of my new years resolutions is to do more DIY items to the tank. Back in the day that is what we all did. It was rare I would buy anything that I couldn't build myself. Over the last couple of years, I find myself spending a ton of money on things I can make myself.

I have been looking at skimmers because the two skimmers I have just don't seem to be cutting it on the system. They either overflow quickly or dry skim very slow. Skimmers for the size of my system would cost $3-4,000. I started thinking of some DIY skimmers I could make. I started pricing large PVC and Acrylic and still found myself getting pricey.

I decided to try something out. It looks ghetto but this thing pulls skimmate out that makes my skimmers look like a joke. It is in my garage in my 300 stock tank sump do I don't care what it looks like as long as it works.

Built it for $30 minus the Jebao pump I had laying around. Meet the Venturi driven Bucket skimmer! This is my test run today. I took out my skimmate from my existing skimmer and dumped it in the test bucket. It pulled this out within 2 minutes.

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I wipe all the skimmate out and you can see how it still comes pumping out
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I took the collection cup and the foam looks good.
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I ended up adding a third bucket on the bottom after the test run to add more dwell time. The final design is all glued and drying in the garage. I plan on turning this on in the system tomorrow to see what it can really do!

It might be ghetto but what do you all think?
I've always thought, why TF does a skimmer need to be expensive, clear acrylic. If it works, it's not stupid!
 
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