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This rubber matting stinks!

Posted 04/14/2011 at 09:06 PM by Rotknee

...literally, the rubber matting the stand builder supplied with the stand emits a strong "rubber" smell. So strong we had to open the windows downstairs.


Thanks to user "naterealbig" I was able to find the matting in the pic above and cut it to size. The matting is made by "Best-Step" and sold at Sears and commonly used for garage flooring. It's good stuff. The good...
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Do LEDs really last 10,000+ hours?

Posted 04/13/2011 at 05:40 PM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)
Updated 03/18/2014 at 05:41 PM by snorvich

Originally Posted by Ken Hahn View Post
There is some accurate and some pretty iffy LED info in this thread. Since I sometimes work with high powered LED technology in my industry (displays, not aquariums), I'd like to clarify a few points.

1. When the LED mfrs state a lifetime of 50,000 hours or so, that is a theoretical lifetime based on the known physics of LEDs. It is not a tested lifetime. Since it would take about 6 years to run that test, no one including the LED manufacturer has typically run one that long before
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Got new lights!!

Posted 04/03/2011 at 12:56 PM by MrSandman

After a long debate and serious hesitation I finally decided to retire my tried and true double ended metal halides (Phoenix 14K's powered by a PFO 250W HQI ballast) and VHO actinics (icecap 660 ballast) in exchange for an ATi setup. My old setup was just proven and provided great growth and coloration over a few years now with zero problems. The reasons for the swap were because:
  • I needed new bulbs
  • I wanted to reduce my electric bill to below $200 a month
  • I wanted to keep the house cooler
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Early pics of stand

Posted 03/26/2011 at 06:51 PM by Rotknee

Here is a preview of the stand. It will be delivered next week...unfortunately I won't be there to see it live until I return.

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Goin' Glass Baby!!!

Posted 03/26/2011 at 11:07 AM by Rotknee
Updated 04/21/2011 at 04:42 PM by Rotknee (corrected typo)

I am in the process of upgrading from an acrylic tank to a Lee-Mar 167g (62x26x24) three sided eurobraced starphire tank. I am really excited about the build as it gives me the option to "start fresh" and apply what I have learned over the past year in my experiences with my current 120g setup.

Given my travel schedule my updates will be very sporadic. I usually have access to a computer when in the field so I will update this blog as the opportunity presents itself....
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