PAR meter

dunc101

New member
You can buy just the apogee sensor for $140 bucks and then connect it to a good multimeter for readings or you can buy the seneye reef module which contains a PAR meter for $189. The reviews I have read on this have compared the PAR readings to that of an apogee meter and the readings have always been very similar.

http://www.apogeeinstruments.com/quantum/
I believe the SQ-120 electric is used for LED's and SQ-110: sun is usually used for halides and T5's (someone please let me know if I got this backwards).

http://www.seneye.com/devices/seneye-reef
You get more than just the PAR meter with this device. It supposedly can also measure LUX and Kelvin.
 

gobywonkenobi

New member
Okay, thank you. Is it really worth spending the money on one of these? What do you use them for, to see if your bulbs are wearing out?
 

jerpa

Team RC
It can help you place corals in your tank if you know the approximate par of various areas. If you change lighting it can help you acclimate your tank to the new lights. You can judge bulb life, and the differences between different bulbs, as well. Whether it will be used enough to be worth the money is up to you. I plan on buying a sensor and hooking it up to a multimeter. For $140 I think its worth it, at $300 not so much.
 

dunc101

New member
I will be buying one by Christmas myself. Me and a couple of other guys in my area are thinking of going in on one.
Some uses I can think of off the top of my head.
1.) Use it to test when bulbs are wearing out.
2.) Strategically place corals in their proper location by measuring the PAR levels in your tank.
3.) Determine if you have enough PAR in general to support the types of corals you want.
 
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