Rental: Apogee MQ-510 Par Meter: Full-Spectrum Underwater Quantum Meter + Wand

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Provides research-grade underwater measurements under all light sources, including LEDs with Apogee's full-spectrum underwater quantum meter. 

The MQ-510 quantum meter is designed for underwater PAR measurements and already applies the sensor's immersion effect correction factor to the meter readings through firmware.

The meter provides excellent measurements under all light sources, including LEDs. The meter consists of a waterproof quantum sensor attached via water-proof cable to a handheld meter. The waterproof sensor incorporates a blue-enhanced silicon photodiode and custom optical filters with a rugged, anodized aluminum body with acrylic diffuser. The underwater quantum sensor is typically used in saltwater aquariums where corals are grown. Note: The handheld meter is not waterproof, only the sensor and cable are waterproof.

What is the optimal PAR readings for a reef tank?

In a reef tank, the optimal PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation) levels will depend on the specific species of coral being kept. Some coral species require higher levels of PAR than others, and the optimal PAR levels may also vary depending on the specific growth stage of the coral.

Generally, coral species that are classified as "low light" or "medium light" species will thrive with PAR levels of around 50-200 microwatts per square meter (μmol/m²/sec). These coral species include many soft corals, leather corals, and mushroom corals.

On the other hand, "high light" coral species such as Acropora, Montipora, and other stony corals may require PAR levels of 200-400 μmol/m²/sec or higher to thrive.

It's important to note that PAR levels can vary significantly throughout the tank, so it's important to measure PAR levels at multiple locations in the tank to ensure that all areas are receiving sufficient light. Additionally, it's important to monitor the overall health and growth of the coral to ensure that they are receiving the optimal levels of light for their specific needs.


Apogee Par Meter User Manual


PAR meter does not qualify for free shipping. 

A shipping label for return will be provided which will be deducted from the deposit  

All items must be returned in the condition they were received or will result in a loss of deposit. In the event that the par meter is late, the renter will be charged for another billing cycle. The Rental period begins the day the meter is received. For instance, one a three-day rental period, if the meter is delivered on Monday it would need to be tended to the shipping carrier Wednesday. 

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I have been ordering Copepods for many years and I never notice any reaction from my fish or corals when I bought from other places not so buying from Pod Your Reef! The copepods were alive and well! You could even see some swimming around in the tank my mushroom corals went crazy! Highly recommend getting your copepods from here!

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