T5 Lighting Combos

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  1. noobsw

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    Hi Guys

    I have a quad T5 ballast, it came with 2 10000k white and 2 Actinic bulbs. I have extras now. I have tried 3 actinic and 1 white and vice versa.

    I would like to know what combo's you guys use? I know this would fall under personal preference, but still good to know, better with pics:). So how many of each bulb? what combos, coral blue? purple? white?
     
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    This is with 2 actinic and one white 10000k

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    When i had T5, I used 2 white (10000) and 2 * 20000
     
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    What kind of colour did you get?
     
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    more white than the pic you posted.

    Remember
    Blue is for human eye pleasure
    White is for coral growth.

    But too low K white, 6000K and algae grows even better. But if you can control your algae, and want really good coral growth, 6000K is not a bad option. After all, it is symbiotic algae within the corals. But it will look like pee water. Almost all the corals will look browned out and dull.
     
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    I'm thinking of 3 Actinic 6500k and one 10000k white, i know it would look much more blue. what are the implications on coral growth? i only have soft coral.
     
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    Well I only use ATI bulbs and my combo is :

    Blue Plus
    Purple Plus
    Actinic
    Coral Plus

    I am not a fan of an overly blue tank.
     
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    I like the colour you are getting with that combo, it is blue but not overly blue as u said.
     
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