The Whole Shebang

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Re: The Whole Shebang

Post by KevB » Mon Nov 25, 2019 14:32 pm

As you suggest, I'd just arrange what's going into each compartment depending on its light requirements rather than reinventing the wheel. Whatever requires least light ends up in the outer edge sections. They are reasonably shallow boxes so hopefully there will be respectable light penetration in most of them.

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Re: The Whole Shebang

Post by Vale! » Mon Nov 25, 2019 15:38 pm

Thanks, KB - yes that's the approach that makes most sense ... but then I'm not blessed with a significant amount of that!

I think I'll dig out my light meter and get some real figures before deciding what to do. Somewhere in the museum I may still have some mirror-film. If so I'll try putting some either end of the tank and see if that makes a decent difference.

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Re: The Whole Shebang

Post by Vale! » Mon Nov 25, 2019 17:13 pm

I raised the Juwel light unit temporarily and dug out my meter, which reads in Lux.

If we number the compartments 1-5, from left to right, then the two compartments over which the Juwel LED tube extends only halfway are 1 and 5. These are the readings with the sensor on the tank floor in the middle of each compartment and with the glass covers on the tank :

1 : 4560
2 : 7210
3 : 7300
4 : 6570
5 : 3210

The unit seems to perform a tad better on the left (where the power cable is) than on the right - or is that just my extremely poor maths showing up?

I searched unsuccessfully for mirror film then for a mobile mirror. The only one I could find was too big to fit flush against the tank, so I leaned it on with the 'lean' pointing upwards :

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The value in compartment 5 + mirror was 3550 lux - an increase of 10%, I think (maths disclaimer applies). White or reflective insulation panels would poke the values upwards a bit ; and I'll see if I can source some more mirror film.

For comparison I then mounted one of the nano LED units over compartment 5 :

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Its reading was 1180 lux. I'll make arrangements to use the Juwel unit then!


I'll allow the pet name: 'Fogerty' for this tank. [I just looked that up to check the spelling and I see there were actually two of them! Presumably brothers?]
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Re: The Whole Shebang

Post by plankton » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:11 am

Thank you so much, I feel a lot calmer now! :D

Yes, Tom and John, I think they had a big falling out (because of the band) before Tom died. John, apparently still tours, he was over here a couple of years ago but I didn't find out until the gigs were done.

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Re: The Whole Shebang

Post by Vale! » Wed Dec 04, 2019 20:18 pm

First an update …

Sheba4 now near completion :

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Racking now re-secured to the wall ; shelving and electrics reconfigured :

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And a junkyard created for bits and pieces awaiting redeployment to Project Sheba :

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As mentioned upthread, Vale! Minimus (7 years old) is set to enjoy part-ownership of Sheba4. We'd tentatively agreed that it would hold Bumblebee Gobies ; that was quite some time ago it seems. Anyway, with Sheba 4's 'First Wet' ceremony approaching fast the less minded I am to faff about preparing water for them. With a bit of luck he's forgotten about the BGs and I can put in something appropriate to the water I already prepare and which will engage him! I'm happy for it to be a South American tank, so I'm toying with a couple of options. Any ideas welcome!
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