PAR Meter Videos
There is almost no other area in reefing where $50 can have as big of an impact on your tank as renting a PAR meter. Now that BRS offers a PAR rental service, you can get all of the benefits of setting up your LED lights with a PAR meter for a reasonable cost. For LED lights, the Apogee MQ-510 Full Spectrum Par Meter is the ideal option because it is tuned specifically for underwater use with LED light. The Apogee MQ-210 Quantum Meter is more appropriate for use with T5 and Metal Halide lighting. Using a PAR meter to set up your LED lights will benefit you in three major ways. 1. Ensure you are getting maximum performance from your high-end aquarium LED lights. Lets face it, quality LED lighting is not cheap and it is safe to assume all of us want to get the best performance possible. By guessing or relying on others you are leaving room for error and essentially wasting all of the money you spent on high-end LED lights for your reef tank.
Finding the right height to mount your reef tank lighting, specifically LED lights, can be confusing because the advice is often conflicting. The reason this gets a bit tricky is because every tank is different in size, shape, depth, what is in it, the lights themselves and how they are used. All of this will have an impact on finding the right mounting height for your LEDs. When it comes to mounting height, there is simply no one right answer. Thankfully, with the human eye and a bit of intuition from the facts we share with you today, you can find a near perfect mounting height for your individual tank and lighting solution quite easily. Intensity vs. distribution Mounting height does have an impact on PAR but the controllable nature of LEDs give you the power to adjust intensity to match your desired PAR value. Mounting height is more about spread and even distribution of light as opposed to PAR intensity. The higher you mount
PAR VS. PUR. At First it was as simple as the number of bulbs we needed then someone measured PAR and told us that was the holy grail and we all need to set our LED’s to a PAR number. Now, we all hear about PUR and that it is a better measurement for aquarium light output. Here’s the facts The difference between the two measurements of light is subtle in the name. PAR is the number one way we measure the intensity of our lights and that is generally accurate for reef aquarium purposes. The thing is it will pick up and measure some wavelengths of light that are not valuable to our application of growing corals. So it is a good but less than perfect tool for measuring and adjusting lights. This is where PUR comes in which measures the light wavelengths that corals are capable of using and excludes some of the unusable spectrum that a PAR meter will measure. Why not use a PUR meter? The answer is clear, because there
Today on BRStv, we have a brand new episode of our series, BRStv Investigates. In this series, we explore popular reefing theories, products, methods, and what the manuals are missing, with a focus on putting them to the test! We have had numerous reefers ask us to test the Black Box LED lights that are available direct from China, and only cost around $100. We were a bit hesitant to test them since was a hard one to publicize because many manufacturers don't like the Black Box LEDs, but there are also a good share of people that have used them with great success, so we figured lets put them to the test! Now, can you grow coral and maintain a reef tank with a $100 LED? The simple answer is yes. However, if you expect it to perform like an Ecotech Radion, or AI Hydra, you will be disappointed. We have tried a few different versions of China LED aquarium lights and a majority of them are built the same, lacking an actual heat sink, non-UL approved power supplies, low-quality LEDs and
Today on BRStv, we have a brand new episode of our series, BRStv Investigates. In this series, we explore popular reefing theories, products, methods, and what the manuals are missing, with a focus on putting them to the test! This week we take a deep look into PAR sensors and give you a little look into how they work. We put some of the top industry leading light sensing devices head to head under some of the most common light sources resulting in some shocking realizations. So follow along as we investigate today's question, see what kind of issue we stumbled upon, and find out what kind of PAR Meter we suggest using for your reef tank. Be sure to watch and keep an eye out for future episodes as we test spread, PAR, coverage, efficiency and more! *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees
Today on BRStv, we have a brand new episode for our series, BRStv Investigates. In this series we explore popular reefing theories, products, methods, and what the manuals are missing, with a focus on putting them to the test! This week we are taking a dive into PAR testing lights and if that should be conducted in air or water and how water can impact the readings. PAR values will be much more stable in air but since our aquariums do have water a majority of light output testing should be conducted in a tank with water. There are a few different factors like reflection, refraction, and water clarity that can change how light is emitted around a reef tank. So follow along as we answer today's question, provide some helpful insight, and help make reefing just bit more fun and easy for you and your tank. Be sure to watch and keep an eye out for future episodes as we test spread, PAR, coverage, efficiency and more! *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide
It's Week 46 of BRStv's 52 Weeks of Reefing, and this week we are offering you an update on the BRS160, in addition to discussing a great insurance policy for your tank: The Seneye Reef Monitor. It’s been about 8 weeks since we added all of our corals. All of the SPS corals are doing extraordinarily well. Most of them have completely encrusted over the epoxy to mount them and then some. And many are already sprouting off new branches. Coloration on the small frags is awesome and most consistently have their polyps out. In six months to a year I think we are going to see them transform into some pretty impressive colonies. So follow along and let us know your thoughts in the comments area down below! **The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any w
In this video Terence introduces the PMK - PAR Monitoring Kit and explains why measuring light in our aquariums is important, what is in the PMK, and how it is different than other PAR measurement devices. also covered is the little known fact that the PMK ships with an entirely new module from Neptune Systems, the ASM - Advanced Sensors Module.© 2020 Bulk Reef Supply. All Rights Reserved.