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Old 10-25-2010, 03:04 AM   #1
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Best color temperature for plant and shrimp visuals?


Hi i want to purchase a power compact light but what are your thoughts on the best color temperature for plant and shrimp visuals please reply back thanks
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:37 AM   #2
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It really is up to personal taste. I like 6500K, while some people like 10000K (I think they are a little too blue).
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:24 AM   #3
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I like 10,000k + 5000k, a little blue and a little red, covers most colors.

But since i cant find 10,000k screw in cfls, i just use a 6500k and a 5000k
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I have a compact on one of my tanks... I get the same look from my T5HO

I would sug. looking at the replacement light bulbs $50.00 each for the compact and they should be changed every 6 months to keep them at optimal operations.

T5HO bulbs at my lfs are $12. for the 10K and $15. for the actinic

and the T5HO uses less watts per hour so smaller electric bill.

just food for thought
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how big is your tank if you don't mind me asking?
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Its a 20 gallon long
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:33 PM   #7
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8000k

greens are vivid and the reds in your shrimp "pop"
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I have a compact on one of my tanks... I get the same look from my T5HO

I would sug. looking at the replacement light bulbs $50.00 each for the compact and they should be changed every 6 months to keep them at optimal operations.

T5HO bulbs at my lfs are $12. for the 10K and $15. for the actinic

and the T5HO uses less watts per hour so smaller electric bill.

just food for thought
Which bulb is 50..... Research shows that they last way longer than 6 months.
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