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Old 05-30-2005, 04:35 AM   #1
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Aqualights...four 10,000K's?


If I get the Aqualight fixture (4x65) should I get 4 10,000's or 2 Actinic Blue's? I'm sorry to make you have to answer this yet again.
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Old 05-30-2005, 05:36 AM   #2
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a lot of people think the Actinic is a good algae-grower. I would personally just go with the 4 10k's.
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Leave the actinics out and go with either 4 x 10,000k or do a combo.

You can run 2 x 10,000k and 2 x 6,700k bulbs in that setup (currently running this setup in 96W bulbs). Another very viable combo are the GE bulbs. They're actually 55W bulbs, but you can run them on the same ballast.
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Old 05-30-2005, 09:14 AM   #4
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Actinic tube are for marine aquarium, the blue spectrum help to grow zooxanthellae wich is an algea on wich coral feed. So I will keep away from actinic light.
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4 10000k's would be some mightywhite light. Try mixing it up with some 9325k or 6700k. I have all 3 and it's working great.
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Another combo, if you like a little color...

2 x 10,000k
2 x 6,700k/"Colormax" combo bulbs

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2 x 10,000k
1 x 9325k
1 x 6700k
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I'm with anthony. I'd mix em up a bit but definitely do NOT go with the actinics. I don't feel they grow algae, but they sure don't grow plants.
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My fixture came with an 50/50 actinic/10000k bulb, and it looks horrible to me in a planted tank.
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Old 06-01-2005, 07:34 PM   #9
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can I see some picsw of your tanks with these combos of lights? so I can get the idea?
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Malkore,
Your tank looks healthy and pretty. Thank you for sharing. I like the way it looks filled in.
I notice you are using 2.9 wpg's. Do you think you'll increase that eventually?
I'm still undecided, but I wonder if my E. stellata wouldn't have such long internodes and if my magenta plant would get back it's original pink if I upped my wpg's. Uh boy, I dunno.
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