Mega-Build Series Ep 04 – Lighting This Beast (Video)

The next step in this series was choosing what type of lighting would best suit the aquarium– and Thomas lets you know how he made his choice!

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Mega-Build Series Ep 04 – Lighting This Beast (Video)

  1. quepiid

    Ic light on a standard 75 gallon would be fine for coral? Or at what height would you say I would need more that one?

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    1. Thomas B

      Depending on weather you are looking to keep soft, lps, or sps, one fixture on a 75 could do well. For higher light lps or getting into sps you may want to double up!

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    1. Thomas B

      For the price point, features, and output, it is a fantastic light fixture. I mean, I could have gone way fancier and thrown a few Radions, VERVvE, or Hydra HD fixtures up there, but I think its a bit overkill considering the simplistic goals I have for this build. Current USA did a great thing with their new Loop system.

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    2. AQUA NUT

      Thomas B Yeah i agree that rolling cloud feature is neat. also loop is kinda like the maxspect ethreal fixture but at $600 a light and you would need 3 just to cover your tank not worth it. I think you made a sweet pick with those lights for sure. cant wait to see what you think of that wavemaker in action. i noticed on the remote that you could also control them with it, impressive man. but yeah i cant wait till loop launches that will be pretty cool just imagine, you will never loose your remote again. lol

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  2. Olivier Smeets

    nice vid man always pumped to see a new episode i hope it is going to be salt bacause the coral may attracht your kid and coral looks just amazing.

    keep up the good work ??

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    1. Thomas B

      My pleasure! I am here to help, so if you ever have any quesitons feel free to drop them on any of our videos! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thomas B

      Yep! I have used Current USA lights (and Ecoxotic) on multiple tanks and have been really impressed with how they perform for the price point.

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    1. ICOOKIE69I

      Can't wait! We all know it's going to be a saltwater tank with those lights. Just don't do African Cichlid (your choice though). However, if it was a reef, please get a Black Durgon Triggerfish (or Hawaiian Black Triggerfish). Mine passed away after 17 years, and I surely do miss him. I would enjoy watching someone own this beautiful fish as it is uncommon. Don't worry, they're not as aggressive.

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    1. Thomas B

      Hahaha, very soon! Like all projects, sometimes the construction drags out a little, we should be filming again Monday and have it out next week.

      In reality we wanted to have a video weekly, but given the holidays, the nature of the project, the fact that some items being used are just newly being released, and that cold weather means sick staff, its taking a little longer than we had hoped for each episode.

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  3. Sacred Wisp

    would a fluval aqua fresh&plant 2.0 work to grow low medium or medium high plants in a 36" 20" deep 55 gallon? also do i REALLY need Co2 injection? I have an energetic bristlenose plec that would be happy to have more to eat

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    1. Thomas B

      It is possible if you stick to low light, undemanding species like crypts, anubias, java moss, etc. to use a lower output fixture and avoid CO2 all together. If you are planning to do carpeting plants like dwarf baby tears, or get into higher light plants with reds and purples, than you may find that you require a higher output fixture and CO2 injection.

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  4. Anthony Ragan

    Very nice choice. I love LED fixtures. With the combination of price, power consumption, light output, and form factor, I have a hard time seeing myself going back to fluorescents.

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  5. Billy Villacis

    I love everything about this tank so far! Can't wait to get my own megatank setup in a couple years! I too will be undecided on salt or freshwater until the last minute…

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    1. Thomas B

      Not the biggest fan of Finnex. They also have a pretty short warranty period which I always take as a red flag for quality.

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    1. Valentin Bozhilov

      +All Things Ray
      10,000k ..so what? What is matter is how many lumens are per gallon there.

      Of course if you are going with low light plants sure it may work, but from "planted" i usually understand something different.

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    2. Thomas B

      Lumens per gallon is pretty poor rating as well (although Kelvin rating is just nonsensical in this application because it is a rating that generalizes the light's appearance or spectrum).

      PAR output measured at depth is usually a much more accurate way to determine if the light is suitable for photosynthetic organisms.

      I actually have a PAR meter I can use to figure out the points in the aquarium most suitable for photosynthetic organisms like plants or corals, if I decide to go that route!

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    1. Thomas B

      The rolling cloud cover is really cool – they also have random lightning strikes (strike randomly along the whole strip). Weather features are cool to watch, but don't really benefit the tank at all. Just fun!

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    1. Thomas B

      It also has a section of buttons for the pumps (which I teased a bit in this episode, and will talk about more in depth later on).

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    1. CoroaEntertainment

      The episode before this one (#3) was posted on Nov 17, 2016. This episode (#4) was posted on Dec 6, 2016.
      I'm with Thomas…… —> ???

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    1. Natural Vivaria

      dabbi'n bro's what type of fish? what are your water parameters? do you have photos? hard to diagnose something so vague.

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    2. Thomas B

      Its hard to say without a bit more information, as Natural Vivaria pointed out.
      What are your water parameters? Male or female guppies? Were they scales raised up (makes them sort of look like a pine cone)?

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  6. TheFakeDadeMurphy

    Does the pump tie into the light in regards to the remote and the app? i.e I can turn on/off the pump remotely. If – so, I am highly interested in a Light, Pump, etc All-in-One remote. Also would love to tear into the API for it and see if I can tie it into the Echo Smart House Commands. So from the couch, "Echo, turn on my pump and start the thunderstorm effect".

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    1. Natural Vivaria

      TheFakeDadeMurphy the Loop system controls the lights, circulation pumps, and return pump via the remote or the app. it's a really cool system.

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    2. Thomas B

      Yep! Current USA has incorporated their eFlux Wave pumps, and eFlux Flow pumps into the Loop system so that your lighting, and water movement devices can all be programmed and controlled via the Loop remote or App. Pretty awesome!

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    1. Thomas B

      Standard 29 gallon is 30" long, so you'd probably want the 24"-36" model (24" fixture with legs that extend up to 36" long.

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    2. Thomas B

      If you are planning to do live plants, I'd suggest going with the Satellite Plus Pro instead. Much better spectrum for live plants!

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    1. Thomas B

      That is one strong opinion! I think a wicked reef matches a planted discus tank! But I'll also say that both of those require a certain amount of time to dedicate for real success.

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    1. Thomas B

      We certainly can in the future! I will say though, they are a tough-as-nails hybrid cichlid and that makes them quite easy to care for. There are also a ton of foods out there these days that are geared specifically for flowerhorns!

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  7. Dusty Mitchell

    I don't know if anyone caught his comment. I think hes going to go with fresh water. His comment "I'd get a second light if I were to grow plants or corals, 1 would be fine on a shallower tank".

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  8. venflo studio

    am having a top filter.some of the particles from sponge gets into the water is that a problem is it hazardous to ma fish

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  9. Jack Blake

    Hey I am setting up a 75 gallon tank. It is either going to be a cichlids tank or an angelfish tank with runnynose tetras and or zebra danios and cardinal tetras or also I might make it a fancy goldfish tank. I have heard that cichlids and angelfish are aggressive and you need an extra tank to give fish timeouts or medicate or something like that. Since cichlids angelfish and goldfish get quite big. What size tank do you think I should get for those situations… Thanks

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    1. Thomas B

      A quarantine tank (or hospital tank) should be big enough to house the largest fish you plan to have comfortably. If you are going with angels, I would say a hospital tank of around 25 gallons would work. I will also note that you don't ever need to give a fish a "time out" since they simply will not learn from one. If a fish is overly aggressive, you can either remove it or the other fish(es) it is picking on. Removing it, and then putting it back, will only result in it resuming its aggressive tendencies once it settles back in.

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  10. Jack Blake

    Thanks Thomas B for replying. If I was getting cichlids or fancy goldfish which size quarantine tank should I have.

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  11. Jack Blake

    Also another question. When a fish is sick should I move the sick fish into a hospital tank and treat that fish and the tank, or should I just treat the whole tank, or move all the fish to the hospital tank. Thanks…

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  12. Tony Black

    Hey, ive noticed that you haven't made a video review of any kind of heaters. im in the process of upgrading from a 45g to a 125 and im lost as to witch heater i should purchase or how many. would you be able to give me your opinion please? i would greatly appreciate it. I'm sure all your fans would like to see a video on that topic. take care

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    1. Thomas B

      I've always been a big fan of the Eheim Jager heaters; quite reliable and easy to calibrate. If you want something that is indestructible, look at the Aqueon Pro heaters, they are also fantastic.

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  13. Ryan R.

    Huge fan of Current USA's LED offerings! I'm just using the Satellite+ units. They seem gimmicky, but being able to tweak the lighting for different fish is amazing! It's like owning every bulb under the sun in one fixture!

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    1. Thomas B

      I have to agree with you! Fantastic line of LED fixtures. Its great to be able to set a timer right on the light as well.

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  14. Tony Black

    thank you sir for getting back to me. i really appreciate your help. i ended up grabing two eheim jags. hopefully they will be worth it. at the end of the day i could care less if they brake on me as long as they dont affect my rays. thats my only concern.

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  15. Krishnaditya Rana

    Do LED Strip lights help forming algae? If they are kept on for 16-17 hrs.
    They are white in color.

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  16. Michael Perez

    What's your thoughts on this light for a standard 180 reef 72x24x25? Should
    I do one or two of these fixtures?

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