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  1. +1 on the link above, that helped me out. I had a hard time settling on a spectrum while trying to figure out what looked good to my eye but good for growth and color. Good to see some actual testing. I have AI 26s but they have the same diodes, just twice as many. It is definitely blue, but you can tweak it from there to dial it in to how you like it. Only a percent or two more of white makes a big change. It limits the red and green that can fuel algae growth.

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  2. Pretty cool and sounds like house surgery! Hey, the salt mixing station is pretty rad, where did you score those storage tanks? I'm tired of mixing up small batches of salt and would like to keep more on hand and automate the process a bit.

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  3. Sorry, goofed up the quote. Anyway, for fans I'd recommend one nice fan rather than 2 stock bath fans. Those builder grade bath fans aren't meant for continuous duty, are loud, and the advertised flow rates are calculated with little to no static pressure so you won't get anything near the flow you want once you add some ducting and an elbow or two. Put in a Panasonic Whispergreen. These are the gold standard in continuous run bath fans. They are so quiet you don't even know they are on, have DC motors so only use about 15 watts, and the motor torques up to achieve the advertised flow once ducting is installed. I put this one in my basement where my tank is. You can select 50, 80, or 110 CFM or adjust it anywhere from 0-30 CFM. So you can pretty much dial it in to reach the humidity level you want. I run mine at 80 CFM and my old Portland basement stays around 55% rh. The most important thing when installing fans is your ducting. You can't use that 4" flex duct and expect any kind of flow. Use rigid metal duct and limit/eliminate any 90 degree elbows. The takeoff is 6" on this fan.

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  4. That's good info.  There's probably an accessible water line.  There's no rush here and I like money and tools so that works out.  :yippee:
    This is easily going to be the biggest challenge here the more I think about the water lines are actually at in relation to this room though.  That's ok, that's what this thread is for!

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  5. You might want to try AI's service department. I had a hydra 26 acting up, sent it in for repairs (out of warranty) and they determined the control board went bad. Replacement boards are expensive and they offered me a brand new hydra 26 HD for $150. I took them up on the offer, now I wish I had all HDs!

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  6. Do you need to do an ammonia test or does that show up on TDS? I haven't changed my di resin in a long time but my TDS meter on the unit still reads zero off the di. I even bought a little hand held TDS meter to check to make sure it was functioning correctly.

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  7. 8 hours ago, Bicyclebill said:

     I was having trouble so I deleted the Tapatalk group. When I went to grab it again, it only has the version through Reef Frontiers, and all entries are 2 years old. I didn't know we had a mobile version of the site, so I'm going to give that a try instead.

    I had this same issue, but googled "PNWMAS Tapatalk" and it brought up a random thread. From there it let me follow the forum that was not visible by going straight to Tapatalk. Some kind of weird bat door!  

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  8. 1 hour ago, Emerald525 said:

    Trevor can you send me a link of what you had in mind?

    Okay thanks I will look into it


    Seems like this is the cats meow of regulators, but definitely could use some input if anyone has experience with it.


  9. Thanks everyone! This forum is great! 

    I use Kent and this was my next variable to rule out! I'll switch to Fritz and Jeff stocks it at a good price at CC.

    I doubt I'll do a big water change, rather just switch with my normal water changes. So the effects will be slow. I'll report back if I have a major breakthrough.

    Thanks again!


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