Red t5/t8

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  1. vincentputter

    vincentputter I love Nayn cat!

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    Hey guys! Most of the reef tanks I've seen so far containing T5 and T8 lights consists of only white and blue lights. I've seen some tank containing white, blue AND red T5/T8 lights. I would like to know what the red lights for and should I add one to my tank.
     
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  3. Wes

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    reef suppliers in terms of lighting supply a pink light as far as i am aware, basically just broadens the light spectrum.

    Personal experience, any red/pink light grows nice algae...
     
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    It's T5 for marine tanks if you can, the other T8's aren't bright enough. :)
     
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    Gieseman have Midday T5
    If I remember correctly, they re 6500K, with a lot of yellow.

    you run these in the middle of the day, when you are not home and do not see the yellow tint caused by it. But take into account that our sun is 6500K. So it is the closest to our natural spectrum. SPS corals that grows very shallow on the reefs are used to a lot more yellow that blue light anyway. deeper corals, leathers and LPS prefer more blue, as the red and yellow is mostly filtered out by the time the light reaches them.

    If you have space for 6 or more T5 globes, yes add them in the mix. It surely helps to broaden the spectrum. With 4 tubes, stick to 2 * 10000K and 2 * Actinic
     
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    vincentputter Thread Starter I love Nayn cat!

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    Thanks guys!
     
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    the red tubes bring out the darker shades in LPS and red corals,
     
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