Food for thought ?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by viper357, 4 Aug 2010.

  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    So, I've been browsing this thing called the internet and I have come across a couple of comments that caught my attention...

    And for an example of a tank that is running more blue T5's than white, have a look at this -

     
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  3. Dane

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    Verrrrry interesting!!! Links to threads??
     
  4. danimal

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    t5's seem the way to go.i have seen some amazing tanks on other forums running with t5's ONLY.
    the pic of that tank you posted is a perfect example.
    cant wait to get my t5 unit!!
     
  6. Manic

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    All the tanks I see that do well on T5's always seem to use those combination tubes. Like the Gieseman aquablue plus, these tubes have a 60% actinic and 40% 6500K colour.
     
  7. Mekaeel

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    Viper, I have to agree with every comment on that post. I also noticed the same with Actinic.
     
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    Dont make me want to go t5 :p
     
  9. TheWaterboy

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    wicked.....shotto viper
     
  10. leslie hempel

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    a friend of mine stumbled onto the using blue over white a few years ago and never looked back.. out of 12 tubes 2 were white while the rest were either AM 10k blues with 2 x phillips 40w .03 Actinic

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    so i definatley believe that Blue light has more to offer in terms of growth and is a far more effiecient sorce of light recieved in relation to money spent.
     
  11. Sentari

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    I'm currently using only 3 x actinic lights in my tank. Due to my lazyness of changing the MH bulbs. I must say i like it and the corals also like it.
     
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    Well i can understand that the actinics etc might do the same job as the 10 000ks if you have too many blues it doesnt look so nice, the colour is out of proportion. Look at the open brain in the bottom left that les posted. While it might look all flourescent as though it belongs in a night club it doesnt look like what its meant to look like in the ocean. So it doesnt work for me. Just my opinion.
     
  13. leslie hempel

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    ya scoob, it does take some getting useto.. if you look at it daily your eyes adjust and the blue is unoticable.. i remember the first time i gotr a 14k eurolux hailide and it was actinic.. (like deeper blue than 20k) and my yellow tang stood out from a mile away.. i also dident like it but it does grow on you
     
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    What would happen if you had anemones in the tank would that combination of light work?
     
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    i hear what your saying les, i could get used to it if i wanted to. But i think it would be better left at maybe a slight tint of blue in the tank. By all means mix up your lights in the combination you would like, your corals still show up with awesome colours if your tank's white lights are more prominent. Blue is a part of white light, and in the end the tank is not so dark
     
  16. lIghty

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    I was thinking of this the otherday as I haven't got any actinic on my setup......Thanks Viper!
     
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    Yo Marco, you wana sponsor me some bulbs to play around and experiment with? :razz:
    I got a 10*54W unit. :p
     
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    lol.....just got off the phone with leigh from reefinmates......
    ordering myself a 10 x 54 watt unit so i can expiriment with my new tank,
    i took some inspiration from vipers link there.......

    spoke to preshan earlier....he picked up a whole pile of geisemann t5's yesterday......he's blown away:thumbup:
     
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    I have 10 X 80w T5

    3 white
    the rest a mix of coral blue and actinic
     
  20. chikaboo

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    Sjoe .... What about poor old me I got talking with Scuba last night and totalled up what bulbs I'm looking for .... Shocking ..... 3 x 150MH + 4 x 70MH + 22 (yes 22!) T5 54W + 12 x 39W .... If I want to I'm sure with a mix of everything I'm going to have a physcodyilic rave party going on in my lounge ......
     
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    YOH YOH YOH *Ziyaad picks himself up off the floor after thinking about the Electricity costs as well as replacement bulb costs*

    Over 2000w of lighting there bru, thats a big load man
     
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