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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-15-2004, 06:59 AM Thread Starter
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tank 36x22x15 lighting question

What would you guys go with, either 2 96 watt 6500 lights or 1 96 watt 6500 and 1 96 watt 10,000 light?
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I'd go with the 2x 6500K lights. I don't like my lights as blue as most 10,000K bulbs are.

I've also heard that 10,000K isn't the best color for plants; more adapted for marine tanks...
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honestly either combo would work. 10,000K still puts out a usable plant spectrum. as long as you don't dip below 5,000K, or buy an actinic bulb, they will work for plants.

10k's are more common in marine tanks like Laith mentions.

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Hello to you Ianiwane! Welcome to Planted Tank!

I have run 10000Ks and 6500Ks together and have been quite pleased with the results. The look is appealing to the eye, and plant growth was just fine.


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thanks for the replys, gonna try to get my hand on a light. Tank won't be set up for another month or so, until i move.
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