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I started a Propagation tank. I'm mainly going to use it as a grow out tank and something i can put my new frags into and give to other hobbiest. We'll see how it goes;-). Today is day 2, but here's what i've got so far...

I'm using the LED's off my 55g(my moonlights). I'm using:
3 White LED 3.3V 5mm 25mA
1 100ohms resistor
Actinics:
2 Blue LED 5V 5mm 30mA
1 100ohms resistor

Both power supplies are 12V, one controlling the Main lights one controlling the Actinic. here's a shot of them
Power


LED's (actinic) and Resistors


LED's lit


Actinic


I didn't get a FTS yet, but i'll show it when i get it.
Let me know what you think?!
 

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BTW, the corals that are in the tank (tests):

Softies
Xenia
Green Zoanthids
Button Polyps
Blue Mushroom

LPS
CandyCane

SPS
Elkhorn
Encrusting monti
Birdsnest

I'll let you know what type of results I'm getting with the lights. I'm going to try to borrow a PAR meter to see what i'm getting as far as light penetration.
 

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Ok, here are the over due pics(white balance was out on these, but I fixed it in the next set of pics, Sorry).
Green Zoas and Button Polyps


Candy cane and Birdsnest


Encristing Montipora


FTS before w/b
 

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Oh, and someone is going to let me borrow a PARmeter, so i'll be able to give ya'll some real #'s and i may use it on my other 2 tanks as well...
 

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true, but then if the display tank has something go horrifically wrong, then the prop tank is dead too. If they aren't connected, you have back up corals and, thought it sucks, you can start over with all the corals you already had and not have to pay more out of pocket. I'm going to have frags of all my corals put into the prop tank eventually, i just want some real #'s to work with before i do.
 

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Great idea.
BurlyBear
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Thanks.

I should be getting a PAR meter this week, at some point. Someone from my Local Club, DFWMAS is going to let me borrow theirs... I'm exited. You'll get some pics with real #'s with just the actinics and with all the lights on. I think i may also do my display reef too... we'll see.
 

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Oh, i know it. I'm going to. I should be able to do it all in one day, but I'm going to use the's to get an idea of how much light i'm going to need to go over my 55g... That's going to be a project, but i can't wait! Next month i'm going to start purchasing the equip i need to get that started, but look for a light build for the 55g in the next few months.
 

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True, but i already have a 55g. It'll be more effecient to run the LED's rather then my MH bulbs. I'm not going to waste money on getting another tank just to upgrade to my future tank (about 550g). That's just unwise spending ;-)
 

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I still don't see a point in getting a new stand tank and canopy or building it, though i don't have any tools to do so. I'll just build this and get that under my belt and have a better understanding of the PAR availible plus how to wire it better and help those who will need it if they decide to build their own. With my large tank is going to be powered by natural light and some solar panels and wind! ;-) (if it rained more i would look into a hydropower supply, but it only rains for a day or 2 and then stops and then we don't get anymore rain for another month... true some times)
 
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