Best lighting for FO tank

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Guys/gals was just wondering what spectrum of lighting would be best to show off the colours of fish? Busy setting up a fish only system at work and was wondering about the lighting. Going to be a tank of my favourite fish, so far got a Gem, regal angel, Atlantic blue tang, twin spot gobies and 2 black caps. Still need emperor angel, majestic angel and tiger angel.
 
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i rekon anything as long as you add a pure atinic
 
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I would guess around 10 000K with Pure actinic.
 
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10K MH, pure actinic and some moonlights. Obviously MH not needed but hell i love those shimmer lines..
 
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I think it depends on the colours of your fish. The bluer spectrums (15-20K, actinic) really bring out the colours like blues, violets and purples in fish, but don't do much at all for the reds, oranges and browns (rather obvious I think).

So IMO you would need to balance the lights according to the colours of the fish more than anything. If the predominant fish colours are the purples/blues bias your lighting toward this side. If more reds/yellows/oranges use a lighting spectrum closer to the red side (but I still would not go less than 10000K)

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Clinton
 
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Alan there is a red spectrum globe recently come on the market

IMO a mixture of 10K / Actinic / Red spectrum T5's should cover all the bases.
MH shimmer lines are cool but would be impratical on this type of tank with the heat issues of Durban in summer.
 
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pls tell us more abt the red spectrum globe pls ... sorry to hijack tread alan
 

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I saw a red T5 in action last night at Len's place. He has an awesome Discus setup and I was immensely impressed with the colours of the fish!! Really really nice!
 

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