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  1. upgrade from 25 Gallon Hex to 180 gallon

    To run the mars aquas you'll need a signal converter board as these lights are 0-10v, apparently some are analog and some PWM but the converter can do both types. The controller LED channels put out 0-5v PWM signal. You'll have to open the lights and add the converter internally then run the signal wire from the controller to the light. Here's a link with a little info that might help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6UOEl91ECY&feature=youtu.be this talks about the pvm issue https://www.robo-tank.ca/forum/Thread-China-Black-Box-Light
  2. upgrade from 25 Gallon Hex to 180 gallon

    where the price jumps is in the probes. however the ski is the limit for this thing. With it I have the wire diagrams for the mars aqua and then can make the software run it just like the ecotech. the only thing I need to check is the control voltage for dimming. I know the apex controller doesn't provide enough voltage so running 2 or more mars light will cause flickering. Going to be a fun project to do with my kid. Im going to put a noise meter on that pump tonight and get a db reading.
  3. upgrade from 25 Gallon Hex to 180 gallon

    So I think im going to go Rogue on this build and do something unique. I found this company called ROBO Tank that has dyi controllers that I fell in love with I think im going to try it out. Everyone has apex and such I like the fact of having a unique one. My Dad gave my son a raspberry pie computer for his birthday and it is ridiculous what can be done with that in the form of reef controllers. Im also going to hook up 3 Mars aqua lights to the controller for complete dimming control. here is the link to the robo tank controllers for those who like to tinker https://www.robo-tank.ca/index.php
  4. xr30

    ok read all over the net for a 180 gallon tank measuring 60x24x24 i need 3 to 4 radions. Goto Ecotech website and phonecall they said 2 will do fine. The tech said its a personel preference to go with more then 2. i have a glass center brace that takes up almost 1/5 of the top in the middle so 2 or 3 lights is the question. i want to run a general reef and dont want limit my options. i love sun corals, flower pots zoas anemonies clams, and have crazy growth in 35 hex with a reefbreader light of aussie acans they just are bleached.. The light delima is driving me crazy. especially when i have a chiller and 2 400 watt mh fixtures and i can get a bulb at 1000 bulbs for it for less then 20 bucks.
  5. lighting t12 , MH or both

    its on a 180 gallon tank
  6. Overrun with RBTA

    aim a power head at one that gets them to move would love to get 1 or 2 from you in 2 weeks or in the future when i get my 180 up and running only have a 35 hex right now
  7. lighting t12 , MH or both

    so this tank came with 2 coralvue i think 400 watt mh ballast no reflector or bulbs and an icap 660 with 3 caps and 3 uv international super acetenic fr59t12 140 watt bulbs and 1 acentenic white also a 140 watt. was all this run for reefing or one or the other. Next year i hope to pick up some led s but untill then why not use what i got. I have a friend that has 2 mogal reflectors so i can also run mh lights any advice?
  8. Fluval sp6 or jebao dct/dcs 9000

    ok guess ill have to bring a sound level meter to stores and take readings on them. Benefit of being an industrial hygenist
  9. media inside internal overflow

    not offensive at all ive run a 35 gallon hex with a fluval for 15 years so its an upgrade i have a post in the build section that shows what i have so far
  10. media inside internal overflow

    so dont put bio balls in it?
  11. ok my tank has an internal overflow /weir/ The previous owner had bioball in it. i thought the water had to trickle over balls to work. in the overflow it would be submerged so not trickled over?
  12. Fluval sp6 or jebao dct/dcs 9000

    Please do not mention ecotech pumps because I will not get one. Im looking for quiet and reliability and not overpriced. thanks
  13. cycle a new tank.

    I was going to start with nothing then add my dry rock and live sand then transfer about 30 lbs of live rock and sand from my 30 gallon hex which is full of multi color coralline algae. but when I transfer the rock and algae I want to have my lights then
  14. I was thinking it will be next year before i can afford light for the 180 gallon. can i put salt water and live sand and rock and start cycling the tank now. run it without livestock or a light to get bacteria to start growing. i do have 2 800 watt ballast i guess i can run 1 for some light i know not to put corals in it. thoughts.
  15. Reef rock 100 lbs & sand 160 lbs (Houma, LA)

    is this still available?