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LED = washed out color?

Hello all.

For those if you with just LEDs have you noticed your colors aren't as strong? The T5s seem to show off the color so much better?


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Depends upon the color temperature of the LEDs you're using.

Is it a DIY? Something commercially available?
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Like somewhatshocked said, it all depends on the spectral output which equals the CRI of the leds used.
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Depends upon the color temperature of the LEDs you're using.

Is it a DIY? Something commercially available?
It's be the finnex fuge or finnex 2 over a 20 long


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Like somewhatshocked said, it all depends on the spectral output which equals the CRI of the leds used.
Any links or pictures showing what these optimized output units look like!




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It's be the finnex fuge or finnex 2 over a 20 long


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You still haven't told us enough. Which Finnex2? Are they the Dual 7k, 7K+10K or 10k+Actinic?
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You still haven't told us enough. Which Finnex2? Are they the Dual 7k, 7K+10K or 10k+Actinic?
Well I'd love for someone who has one to chime in. I have no idea which one I'd go with :/


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i hear pretty good things about the finnex
as far as color.
i love my t5's
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I've posted these pics like 5 times now but above is my FugeRay2 and below is my Catalina 3 bulb t5. Both tanks are 75. Both have pressurized CO2.
FugeRay2

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After a month my 75 with the Ray2 was covered in hair algae. Replaced by 2 20 watt CFL's now. Ray2 is now on my 55 mbuna tank and looks wonderful. Don't know what I was thinking about using it for plant growing.
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i have some flood leds 6k, they look pretty nice. and doesnt seem to wash out my fish colors. but my old T-5's with gieseman bulbs white/pink combination brought out the colors more. one thing i like led over t-5's are the shimmering effect. which is the main reason why i switch over to leds besides the energy cost.
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Any links or pictures showing what these optimized output units look like!
Picture or links to what optimized units ? My post is applicable to any light source. You can Google the info easily though.
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switch the lights and then decide....the sand substrate might be what washes out the color. Optical illusion?
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Picture or links to what optimized units ? My post is applicable to any light source. You can Google the info easily though.
The ! was meant to be a ?..just noticed that.

Sure on paper it should work but can you make it work for the source is the question. I thought you knew of a LED fixture that did this well is all I was looking for.



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Hello all.

For those if you with just LEDs have you noticed your colors aren't as strong? The T5s seem to show off the color so much better?


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Let the plants adapt, give them a chance, you may notice their color, their "green" will change a little in a couple of weeks. That may sound weird, but I did notice that in the past when changing the lighting.

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