Lighting options?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Slagter, 18 Feb 2011.

  1. Slagter

    Slagter

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    Hey guys and girls.

    I have been looking at my tank recently. I'm seriously not happy with my current lighting. I have 2 x 150watt MH and 2 x 54 watt T5's.

    The T5's: 10 000K and an Actinic. (Not sure of Brand)

    MH's: 14 000K. (Reeftek)

    To me, the tank looks really washed out. The current bulbs are about 6 months old. I am really not happy.

    What do you guys think I should change to? I was thinking either Geissman or ATI. Which one would you guys choose?

    Also which colour spectums would you choose? I would love to actually get a nice T5 unit, but I can't really spend much more bucks on gear at the moment, so going with what I have, what would be the best colour combination? I'm only keeping softies at the moment and some sound, lighting advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

    Sean
     
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  3. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator

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    snap you have the same config as me. I feel the reeftek 14000k are not blue enough.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Look at the aqua medic 16k hailides they are a nice inbetween colour and srill allow you to use your blue T5 with them.

    my colours on my platings really shot out after about a month of adding mine and the tank had a crisp white look not that blue look that can be overpowering and make things look a little unatural
     
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    Slagter

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    How much are AM 150watt halides though?
     
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    i have moved now to T5's and so has manic, its the best

    i have gone for 8 39w T5's all giesemann as they can penatrate 80cm and last up to 18months

    i have 2 pink for reds
    2 pure actinics
    2 actinic plus, 10k and actinic
    and 2 day 10k

    and corals are going to be stunning
     
  7. danimal

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    how much are those giesemanns on average?
     
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    Slagter

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    That's all well and good, but at this point in time, I can't afford a new lighting unit. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but for now I have to live with what I have.

    I need to find prices on the Geissmann range. They sure as hell aren't cheap.
     
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    slagter 20k BLV's are awesome did u see adees old tank he had 20k BLV 250w and his colour was awesome. i think 2* 20k 150w with 2 actinics and u will be rocking
     
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    I'm with Z on the 20k's :)
     
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    When you say tank looks washed out, is it the coral only or everything including the fish?
     
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    herkie R.I.P.

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    I agree with Ziaab, the 20000 k works well for me as well. Much better than the Venture I had before,
     

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