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Borrowing Club PAR meter #2

rygh

Webmaster
We now have an Apogee MQ-510 PAR meter available for lending to BAR members! This instrument includes a waterproof sensor to measure photosynthetically active radiation at various depths in your aquarium, and features both Sun and Electric calibration modes suitable for virtually all artificial light combinations. It is free to borrow if you're a Supporting Member.

The club decided to buy a second PAR meter, since it is in high demand, and this newer version
handles LEDs a bit better.
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Rules *Updated*
  1. Must be a Supporting Member of this Club for at least 2 months.
  2. YOU are responsible to go get it.
  3. Do NOT let the display unit get wet since this part is not water proof.

How do I borrow the Par Meter?
  1. Plan your days with the Par Meter efficiently.
    • Do not borrow the Par Meter when you know you have soccer practice with your kids every evening for the next two weeks.
  2. Post to this thread, to get in line to borrow it
    • As you post, re-post list of people still in line.
  3. Put your username, home city, and work city if applicable.
    • All 3 really helps with drop-off and pick-up
  4. Feel free to move your name down the list to make pickup/drop-off easier, but no swapping.
  5. You have 14 days to use the par meter.
  6. You must help the next person pick it up.
    • Be available, even if a bit busy.
    • Perhaps bring it to work.
    • Perhaps meet at LFS
  7. If nobody is on the list, work with BOD to get it put in storage.
Passing off the Par Meter
  1. Wipe down the meter and let it dry before packing in box.
  2. (Remember the handheld display unit is not water proof)
  3. The next person in line will come and get it from you. Work with them to make that easy.
  4. If nobody is in line, bring it to a BOD member for storage.
  5. We have BOD members throughout the bay area where you can drop the Par Meter off.

How do I use the Par Meter?
  1. First off, check to see if it's working.
    • If the meter comes to you broken or damaged post and let a BOD member know ASAP.
    • You are responsible for replacing or repairing the meter if you damage it.
  2. You can read the online instructions manual here.
No More Par Meter For You If
  1. If the Par Meter shows up to you damaged/dirty, you can post in this thread and take a picture of the meter
    • If the BOD members agrees, the previous user will get a Warning.
  2. If you do not return the Par Meter within 16 days, you get a Warning.
    • Plan your Par Meter days efficiently before borrowing.
  3. If you get 2 Warnings, you're done. No more Par Meter for you.
  4. Clean and protect the Par Meter. This is your Par Meter too.
 
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rygh

Webmaster
The PAR new meter is with me right now.
Home = Union City. Work = Cupertino

** We will give people on the other list priority for borrowing **
 

rygh

Webmaster
My tank results:
Upper coral, about 6" down = 250 PAR
Mostly hard corals
Most middle coral, about 12" down = 200 PAR
Mix
Lower coral, about 20" down = 150 PAR
Mostly soft corals

I have AI prime LEDs. Turned fairly far down.
 

rygh

Webmaster
wow.. i think no one will want to borrow the old one after they seen this wand...
We have a new wand for the old one also.
And now cases that fit both meter and wand safely.

And yes, new wand is WAY better. I have used both.
 

JVU

BOD
This new meter as well as the new wands and cases for both were made possible by the successful fundraising at events over the past year. Your dollars at work!

Thanks Mark for buying, organizing, and posting the new meter.
 

rygh

Webmaster
Why is this any better than the old PAR Meter?
The sensor and firmware of the MQ-510 is supposed have a wider spectrum and be a bit better at the blue end.
389-692 vs 410-655
Don't expect big differences though. Simply moving the wand around will have more of a difference.

The main reason we bought another is because the PAR meter gets a lot of use and the waiting list can get long at times.
 

ashburn2k

Webmaster
Staff member
are we running 2 meter thread now? or it should stay within 1? and has the rule changed yet? i'm still seeing people delivering the meter to the next in line.
 

Rostato

Supporting Member
I have Par meter #2. Should be done this weekend.

I was thinking of going down the list after me since the par meter #1 is way up in north bay.




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rygh

Webmaster
are we running 2 meter thread now? or it should stay within 1? and has the rule changed yet? i'm still seeing people delivering the meter to the next in line.
Rules have changed, at least for this one.
Too many hassles/complaints with delivering par meter.

For now, there are two threads, one for each.
There is probably a better way. Ideas welcome. Google docs list?
 

JVU

BOD
The rules for the older meter should be be updated to match the ones for the newer meter, with the most important change being that the person next in line has primary responsibility to pick up, rather than previous person dropping off.
 
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