Combining different lights

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  1. VicZA

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    Hi All,

    Is it possible/advisable to have different type of lights an a system. I was thinking of 2 x Vertex LED setups, suplemented with 2 x Actinic lighting units .... is this a good idea ? and if so, how would you suggest running it ? Actinic lighting always on ? or sometimes off ? LED lights likewise or simulating sunrise/sunset, etc
     
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  3. Submariner

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    When you Vertex LED setups which Vertex lights are you talking about?
     
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    Yes you can, I run T5, metal halide and LEDs all on the same tank
     
  5. kwazimoto

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    i have tube lights on my system. is it a good thing. what is this vertex light. mine is horizontal in my canopy

    i have blue one also. 2 white and 2 blue. and what is actinic
     
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  6. 3dd

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    Vretex is a make of light, look Here
     
  7. kwazimoto

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    :dft005: oops now that wa stupid of me. thought it was place vertically or something. sorry. very nice light
     
  8. 3dd

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    :lol:

    Yep very nice light especially the Illumina
     
  9. Jamie@Vertex

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    That is very funny!

    J.
     
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    Hilerious almost wet my pants now :lol: @kwazimoto from where are you? Japan?
     
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    @VicSA bought my Vertex Illumilux 900 with blue and white LED lights.
     
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    In principle, if we are talking 420nm actinic, it does make a nice combi with any LED set-up and can be left on during the entire day cycle. As many call any blue in this area actinic, it may or may not make a difference, but won't do any harm, as you have it planned.

    The newest Illumina Auxilliary Modules contain 2x 420nm Violet-Blue to allow one to add them. Until very recently good LEDs with this wavelength were not available.

    With the Illumilux I would recommend 1x Marino Blu and 1x Marino Sole. This will give you an excellent basic lighting. Nathan can sort you out.

    cheeers,

    Jamie
     
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    thanks all for the comments ...

    Is there a reason for all the different types and wavelengths etc ? I am sure it has to do with livestock growth. Could you post a link that will best teach us about this ...
     
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    Please explain what you mean by basic lighting .... "basic" for what ?
     
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    Yes the reason is experience and trying them all over my tanks.
    Buy lights according to preference and budget.

    LEDs in my opinion are still to costly to run on larger tanks, the footprint is too small, so I use MH and T5 for main coverage and fine tune with LEDs
     
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    :thumbup::thumbup: no substitute for experience !! thanks for the honest feedback
     
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    When I say basic, I am referring to that which one requires for good growth and general health of a reef tank. In this case a combination of cool white, royal blue and blue LEDs, which the mentioned Illumilux contain. This covers the required wavelengths. One may augment this with more specific wavelengths of light to increase pigment production. As this is still a complex area, one can't make any quick recommendations. As Dallas mentioned, there are things we know/ have recognised, based on our experiences, but there is always room for improvement.

    Jamie
     
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    :thumbup:
     
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