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  1. Your interpretation is exactly correct on both accounts. Regarding your Radion intensity, due to all of your colors not being at 100%, your overall intensity is not at 70%. Should you move all colors to 100% the place where you are hovering would read 70%. I'll have to provide some additional insight regarding a front view. That 850 par is located dead center in the second "square" from the left. Directly underneath two units and also pretty high up in the tank. I've attached an little picture. That photo is old though, so it doesn't show exactly as it is. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  2. If it ain't broke... Well you know. Looks good, David. Keep up the effort! Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  3. So I've known for quite some time my PAR has been too high. I kept thinking that maybe the coral that were being negatively impact would eventually "catch up" to those PAR levels. A couple weeks ago, I set my Radions to acclimation mode so they would only use 85% of their normal light and then slowly ramp back to 100% of the scheduled intensity. I had only killed one piece and that was my fault by putting it directly underneath the light without any acclimation. Other than that, there was just some noticeable bleaching on a squamosa clam, a couple LPS, and a few Acros. Everything has been growing really well so I didn't really want to alter anything. Well Ben was nice enough to lend me his meter and I redid my PAR calculations with the current setup. Let's just say I am definitely hitting them with some serious light. [emoji38] This is a basic drawing of my setup. 8' X 3' tank with 6 Radions. These PAR readings are all from the very bottom. Those in the middle are as low as the rock work would allow so obviously not all the way in the bottom. The crazy part is that those are the values while I was in the middle of this "acclimation" phase. The lights were currently at 90% scheduled intensity. My game plan is to reduce the intensity by 1% every day or every other day. Probably get it down around 80% of where it was originally at. Like I said, all the clams and SPS are definitely growing, but some are definitely in a paler state than they should be. One of tricolor acros which has had tremendous growth (again, very pale though) is currently sitting under 850 PAR!
  4. I've got bristle nose breeding in my tank. I could give you a few if you wanted. I'm in Scappoose. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  5. You need to be supporting members in order to borrow the PAR meter. Please look into upgrading your membership. Thanks!
  6. What's your par levels down on the substrate? The other clam looks to be situated much higher. The clam on the bottom doesn't appear to have a significant growth ring of new, white shell. You should always see a fresh rim of new growth. That's the first thought that pops into my head. I doubt a sponge is doing anything, but I honestly can't speak to that. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  7. Serious progress. Good work! Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks for posting! We'll look forward to getting back out there next time. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  9. @CuttleFishandCoral has those on his display... Not sure if there's different models or anything. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  10. The reality is most people have moved on from VHO and MH. Those still using MH typically aren't looking for another light as they are clearly locked in with what they have. There's always someone though. Wishing you luck in finding him/her. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  11. Well AGE is a known and proven manufacturer so that's good. I would at the very least send those dimensions to them and ask for a quote. That way you compare new vs used price. Ask them about any secondary warranty on the tank if it has really never been wet. I imagine the tank is 3/4” thickness? Starfire is great. It doesn't have that green tint so it looks clearer. It's softer glass so it can scratch easier, but most everyone prefers it. You'll need to account for installing an entire HVAC dehumidifier system in that area for all the evaporation. My tank is only 360 gallons and humidity is routinely in the mid to upper 60s. Depending on the structural setup of the man cave, that'll be another 10-15k. I still think you could do that within your budget, which is substantial. Then of course is all the equipment. Another 1-2K for a sump (if you want something nice), probably 1K for a skimmer. Then you have to decide if you're doing coral. If you're going with real coral you'll have another 5k-15k in pumps and lights (depending on quality). Where are you located? I'd contact@CuttleFishandCoral for advice on doing your maintenance. I certainly don't want to talk you out of it because I'd love to see someone get a tank like this setup. But PLEASE talk to someone who had managed, maintained, or owned these kinds of tanks. That's why I tagged Jeff from Cuttlefish. He's taken care of tanks many times larger before. Keep us updated! Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  12. Yeah I have to admit, I have never encountered someone who would want such a massive setup as their very first tank. Assuming money is not an issue, which for a tank this size, it can't be, I would absolutely get a custom tank built. You've got someone asking 20k for a tank and they don't even mention who built it. How would any of us be able to tell you if it's a good tank? I would strongly suggest heading to you nearest local fish shop and getting to know the owner. Depending on location, there are several reliable outfits in this region. They will be the best option for information if you really want to pursue this. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  13. Oh really?!..... Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  14. Nothing to do with coral price and everything to do with the fact that you will not get this fish anywhere else. A quick Google search showed one option for $1,000 and that would be one that's clearly not established and much smaller. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  15. I've watched a couple videos about those things. They definitely seem legit! Great purchase. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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