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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-06-2013, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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Best looking bulb?

I have a 36' 4xt5ho with the original el cheapo odyssea bulbs in it and I want to get some new ones. The 6500k bulbs that are in there give it ayellowish light that I dont like very much. 4 bulbs on at the same time is too much light, so I figure I have some extra slots to make a "viewing mode" for the times when I am around the house and the rest of the day, the plants get all the ugly yellow light they want. What would be the best bulbs strictly for viewing?
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ge 6500 k / starcoat
ati purple plus
zoomed flora sun /geisemenn aquaflora
and a geisemann mid day

that would be my personal bulb selection
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ge 6500 k / starcoat
ati purple plus
zoomed flora sun /geisemenn aquaflora
and a geisemann mid day

that would be my personal bulb selection
Given that the aquafloras and middays produce a wonderful color balance on their own, I can vouch for those two bulbs having personally used them (they're still in use, too!). Purple will accentuate the more subtle tones of the aquarium, mostly deeper reds and purples (obviously). Not sure what the starcoat will do. Care to shed some light, HD?
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Given that the aquafloras and middays produce a wonderful color balance on their own, I can vouch for those two bulbs having personally used them (they're still in use, too!). Purple will accentuate the more subtle tones of the aquarium, mostly deeper reds and purples (obviously). Not sure what the starcoat will do. Care to shed some light, HD?



those whites are geise mid days.. to a camera they look like starcoats would to ur eyes.. at least in that picture. in my old fixture the geiseman's looked green
the ati purple plus is probably the cleanest looking bulb when mixed with a white. it gives things a very natural look

a starcoat basically looks like a geisemann mid day but a little more blue and a lot less green





first tank shot is with two geiseman middays
2nd shot is with all 6 bulbs on.. this is when it was first set up.. it looks a little different today. but it gives u an idea the color difference you can get


3rd shot is a little more recent
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Now that's what I'm talking about. What a gorgeous tank. Pricing the geisemanns right now, but I'm thinking about a 10K bulb in place of the starcoat (mostly because the seller doesn't carry the GE's and i want to combine shipping).

How do you not have more algae with 6 bulbs?
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Raising the light fixture decreases light intensity and even's out its spread so plants get an even amount of light as they grow upwards and outwards.
that being said i still have about 100 PAR at te substrate.. good reflectors help point the light downwards

and having good set co2, and clear maintenance routines help a lot


just remember the realyl vivid colored shots, its with all six bulbs on
instead of a 10 k.. look into a wavepoint bulb the red one.. its kinda purply. i had one of those too.. worked out really well in the 29 gallon
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Well, they didn't have the wavepoint, so I went with the Geisemann aquapink instead. Hopefully that is close. It says it is for marine use but it brings out the blues, violets and reds. Would have bought from somewhere else, but 4 bulbs got me free shipping for all of them from the seller so it ended up being a good deal.
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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The bulbs came today!

The aqua pink and the purple power look almost identical, and two pink/purple bulbs proved to be way too pink. I replaced the aqua pink with one of the old bulbs and it looks a lot better. It will take some getting used to but I really like the combo, everything looks really.... how should I put it... HAPPY! The colors pop like easter eggs. Pretty cool. I'll post some before and after shots when the sun goes down.
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Some before and after shots with the new bulb. Gonna have to get a better camera instead of my HTC Potato, but you can get an idea of the effect.

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Looks a million times better in person.
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