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jerpa
07-16-2012, 11:16 PM
I thought I'd share some pictures of my system. I have a 120 gallon display tank in my living room. It is plumbed to a basement system that includes a 40 gallon sump, 40 gallon refugium, and a 30 gallon frag tank that I hooked up today.

I used the rock from a 29 gallon system along with ~70lbs of BRS Reef Saver and Pukani rock. The pictures below we're taken when my tank was lit by 2 Kessil A150's and 2 54W ATI Aquablue Specials. I just got two Kessil A350W's from Craig at Saltwater Sanctuary but haven't had a chance to take pictures yet. It's an SPS and LPS tank but it's trending to mostly SPS.

My sump includes a DIYBSE skimmer and a BRS Carbon/GFO reactor. The reactor, frag tank, refugium, and main tank are fed by a Reeflo Blowhole 1450. Right now I dose kalk through my ATO and occasionally adjust with 2 part.

The refugium is lit with a 150W MH/PC Actinic Coralife Fixture that was above my old tank. I grow chaeto, caulerpa, red gracillara, and I recently added some ulva. I also have a pile of rock in there beneath the chaeto. Oh and aiptasia...

The frag tank is a 30 gallon Deep Blue rimless that I picked up at Dave's Aquastock. It's lit by one of the Kessils I previously had above the main tank. It looks very empty.

Thanks for looking.

jerpa
07-16-2012, 11:26 PM
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Frag Tank, Pic of basement, tank under new Kessils

bkHunt74
07-16-2012, 11:45 PM
Very Nice! I have been looking at the Kessil lights but have not been able to figure out how many I would need for my system. Have you had good results with them?

Brian

jerpa
07-17-2012, 12:03 AM
I have had good results. I was stretching the smaller units over my tank but I will be getting rid of the T5 now that I have the larger ones. What are the dimensions of your tank?

bkHunt74
07-17-2012, 01:34 PM
I have a standard sized 90g that has about 100lbs rock and LPS, soft, and anemones. I would love 2 of the new A350 but thats a lot of money since my lights are working.

jerpa
07-17-2012, 02:03 PM
It worked out for me because I needed more light anyway. I fell into the smaller Kessils and was trying to make them work while kind of figuring it wouldn't. Between supplementing the light above my tank and purchasing lighting for the frag tank the costs were close. Once I factored in replacement costs for bulbs and electricity it was a no brainer. I got a good deal on them which helped as well.

SALTWATERSANCTUARY
07-17-2012, 11:01 PM
Tank looks great Jeremy! When you're all setup be sure to post some pictures of the 350's in action too.

bkHunt74
07-17-2012, 11:18 PM
With my 90 would I need the 350's or could I go with the smaller Kessils? I can not find the coverage area for the light but I can find light spectrum. Then again by the time I upgrade something new might be out. I have thought about building a LED system but not even sure where to start and there is so much info about doing it. I would love bright and then the blues to make corals pop.

SALTWATERSANCTUARY
07-18-2012, 03:07 AM
With my 90 would I need the 350's or could I go with the smaller Kessils? I can not find the coverage area for the light but I can find light spectrum. Then again by the time I upgrade something new might be out. I have thought about building a LED system but not even sure where to start and there is so much info about doing it. I would love bright and then the blues to make corals pop.


Have you seen Kessil's webpage? The charts should help you out.

http://www.kessil.com/products/a350_led_aqua_light.php

It really depends how high you want to mount them. The normal A350's are better for deeper tanks (24"-30") and will have more defined spotlight. The A350W's have a huge spread and would be better if you wanted to mount closer to water level but have a shallower tank.

The 150s could work for you also but they have a coverage area of somewhere around a little under 24"x24" each and you can not adjust the colors like the new 350s.

jerpa
07-18-2012, 07:56 AM
I would go with the A350wides on a 90 gallon tank unless you mounted them several feet above the aquarium. For the smaller units I would say you could make due with 2 for a mixed reef setup although it probably won't be as visually bright as you are used to. 3 would be ideal IMO. They will cover a 24x24 area but I think much beyond 18" deep is stretching them quite a bit.

needmorecowbell
07-18-2012, 10:08 AM
That kessil on the frag tank looks amazing, really sleek. Tanks look great too, I'm loving your sps!

jerpa
07-18-2012, 11:51 AM
I added pictures of the tank with the new Kessils to the second post. The previous lighting was far bluer than the pictures I posted previously so the difference is far less dramatic than it appears. There is a lot more shadowing again. Removing the T5's changed the look of the tank more than the new lights. I consider this a good thing.

hsae
07-20-2012, 08:49 AM
Jeremy, I really like your frag tank. Hopefully it will fill up at one point so that I can come and get some. :)
Good work. I see you got also some kind of plumbing going on.... :)

jerpa
07-20-2012, 10:29 AM
Thanks Hermann. I'm pleased with how the frag tank turned out.

If I had to do it over again I would plumb the return with hard pipe all the way up. I overestimated the flexibility of 1-1/2" flex PVC. The one inch flex made plumbing the drains through the floor easy. The 1-1/2" ended up being a nightmare and impatience resulted in the ugliness. It works but in the future I will run hard pipe for anything over an inch.