PAR Meter Videos

  1. Reef tank LED lighting: The best mounting height for your corals - Reef FAQs

    Reef tank LED lighting: The best mounting height for your corals - Reef FAQs

    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...

    Read more »
  2. PUR vs PAR? What is more important when setting up your LED reef tank lighting? - BRStv Reef FAQs

    PUR vs PAR? What is more important when setting up your LED reef tank lighting? - BRStv Reef FAQs

    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 is no such thing available at a price level for reefers. PUR is more of a concept or calculation based on a specific organisms’ photosynthetic requirements. The Seneye Reef Monitor device does have a rough PUR calculation based on a few color sensors but it is still a pretty general idea vs being very precise. It is fair to assume that we will not see a highly accurate...

    Read more »
  3. BRStv Investigates: PAR & Spectrum Testing for Effective Refugium Lights

    BRStv Investigates: PAR & Spectrum Testing for Effective Refugium Lights

    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...

    Read more »
  4. BRStv Investigates: Which PAR meter is the best?

    BRStv Investigates: Which PAR meter is the best?

    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...

    Read more »
  5. BRStv Investigates: Should PAR Testing Be Done In Air Or Water - What's Best?

    BRStv Investigates: Should PAR Testing Be Done In Air Or Water - What's Best?

    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...

    Read more »
  6. Week 46: Aquarium Controller How To's - The Seneye + Tank Update | 52 Weeks of Reefing #BRS160

    Week 46: Aquarium Controller How To's - The Seneye + Tank Update | 52 Weeks of Reefing #BRS160

    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 h...

    Read more »
  7. Discover the PMK - Neptune Systems Product Highlight

    Discover the PMK - Neptune Systems Product Highlight

    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...

    Read more »