Which T5 giesemanns to get

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  1. rakabos

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    So i wanna put new tubes in my setup and need advice on which to go for...

    Its a 700L tank with 6x80w T5's. Currently running 4x 12k and 2x actinic.

    Here is what i was thinking:

    Giesemann:
    2x midday
    2x aquablue plus (so that is 60% white and 40% actinic)
    1x aqua pink to make the red spectrum pop
    1x pure actinic

    My tank is zoa dominated....

    What do you guys think
     
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    I am tagging along with this, since I am also switching to Geismens soon, and I have 8 tubes.
     
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    Rakabos I think you will have to add some more blue light ie actinic or actinic plus the ratio will be out and tank may look rather yellow.

    How many stages of light do you have and do you switch individual tubes, sets of two etc

    Maybe drop one of the Miday tubes and add an Actinic +

    If it ws mine I would split lighting into three stages

    Stage1 (photo period of 12-14 hrs)
    Pure actinic & Actinic +

    Stage 2(photo period 8-12hrs)
    Midday & Aquablue+

    Stage3 (photo period 6-8 hrs)
    Aquablue+ & Aqua pink

    and if i had the extra space even add an additional 2 tubes.
     
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    Leave the midday out as they are too white. Go with 3 aquablue plus, 1 aquapink and 2 actinic plus. The aquablue plus are whiter than they sound and the actinic plus arent as blue as you think. If you like a really blue tank go for the pure actinic instead of the actinic plus. The lighting is whiter than you think. In my tank I have 4 aquablue plus, 2 actinic plus and 2 aquapink. I want to remove one pink. The tank doesn't look blue at all
     
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    Well i currently run the lights from 7am to 7pm, all 6, very straightforward

    Whats the diff between actinic and actinic+ ?
     
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    Rakabos hope im not hi-jacking.

    Is it possible that you guys can post some pics of your suggestions.

    Im either going with 4 or 6 tubes and dont know what to get??
    I like the crisp blue with the neon colours "popping" effect.
    But not too blue!!
     
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    Sorry Tony you must have the tubes confused as the Actinic Plus are the bright blue tubes and the actinic pure are the soft actinic ones. The midays are a yellower light (lower kelvin) aquablue plus whiter (higher kelvin)

    Rakabos the Middays are the ones that are gonna increase your red spectrum more than the aquapink the lower kelvin rating on this tube will benefit the aquarium as zoas are often found in shallow waters thriving as they get lots of light and mostly the red spectrum. and by using the actinic plus you will offset the yellow appearance of the Midday.
     
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    So how would you configure the 6 tubes?
     
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    Front to back

    Actinic+
    Aquablue+
    Midday
    Aquapink
    Pure actinc
    Aquablue+

    So when you get home you only get to see your tank for an hour or two, Why not move the photo period forward so you can appreciate it more.
     
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    Yeah i wanted to change it and put in an extra timer or two...

    Thx for your ideas
     
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    No Problem. Adding the additional stages will not only ease the impact on the corals but also save you on electricity
     
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    Which of the tubes make the zoas pop the most on its own ?
     
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    Aquablue+ I would say but that's for your viewing pleasure not necessary what the coral requires.

    And what it requires is the sun. So I would offer it a variety of T5's thus my arrival at the various tubes
     
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    Interesting thread, also tagging along :)

    My tank is also very zoa heavy, 1200 wide by 700 deep. I have six T5's, 2x 54W and
    4x 39W. The two 54W's are actinic, two of the 39W's are white, one blue one pink. They are on three timers.

    I'm also considering replacing my tubes with Giesemann. What would you reccomend with the mix of wattages?
     
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    The same as ratio above but let the 54w T5's both be aquablue+ tubes.
     
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    You mentioned the aquablue+ being the whiter tube... You really think it would make it pop more than a more blue'ish tube ?
     
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    Taggers need to make a deposit of one zoa :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    The blue lights are for your viewing pleasure (not entirely) but is not the light that the zoa's need to survive. It is not a NPS system and i have never seen zoa's look anything like what you are wanting to achieve on a night dive.
     
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