Nanobox Hybrid Review and PAR Analysis

Introduction As mentioned in my previous post outlining my new reef tank build, the light was one of the things I stressed out over the most.  At the most basic level I knew I wanted to keep SPS primarily, and that I also wanted a hybrid LED/T-5 fixture.  I also knew I would be using a canopy above the tank so whatever light I chose would need to fit inside the canopy, which forced me to exclude most 36″ length fixtures as I did not want to have to squeeze something under the canopy and have it just barely fit.  Coming back into the hobby after over 5 years of not keeping up with the latest technologies forced me to do a lot of research regarding LED technology because when I was last involved in the hobby LED fixtures were not commonly being used.  After a lot of internal debate […]

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Reef Aquarium 3.0

Background It has been over 5 years since I last kept a reef aquarium, and as the title implies this will be the 3rd stab at it.  I want to mention, though, that the first two were not abandoned out of failure or frustration.  My first saltwater tank was a 30 gallon freshwater conversion that I had in an apartment.  When we decided to move, I set up a 65-gallon reef ready tank as its replacement so that I could move the existing livestock from one tank to the other.  Since the majority of the livestock didn’t survive the move, I consider them two different builds.  The 65-gallon was up for about a year when our house mates suddenly, and without warning, moved out, and we were forced to move again.  At that point since we had no idea what our future living situation was going to be, rather than […]

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