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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 06-21-2019, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Share Your Bulb Combo Thread

A central place to see everyone's t5 bulb combos. Post a FTS with a label saying what bulb types from to back. PAR data is a bonus and can be listed if you have it.

All the following FTS are taken with a LG V30 f1.6 ISO 100 exposure 1/80 WB 5000k. The 6 bulb combos are brighter then the 4 bulb combos since the same settings were used.

Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/Sunblaster 6400k



Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/Giesemann Super Flora/Sunblaster 6400k



Giesemann Super Flora/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/Giesemann Super Flora



Giesemann Super Flora/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/ATI Purple Plus



Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/ATI Purple Plus



ATI Purple Plus/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/ATI Purple Plus



Sunblaster 6400k/Giesemann Super Flora/Sunblaster 6400k/Giesemann Super Flora



Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/Giesemann Super Flora



Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/Sunblaster 6400k/ATI Purple Plus/Giesemann Super Flora



Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/Giesemann Super Flora/Sunblaster 6400k/ATI Purple Plus/Giesemann Super Flora



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Very nice!

Definitely shows how color of light changes how the tank is perceived.

So which is your favorite?


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I still like the Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/Giesemann Super Flora the best I think. I was surprised with how much red stayed with just the Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/Sunblaster 6400k combo. If it was a green plant only tank that would be my choice. It makes the green pop so well.

I still have a 10 000k, 2700k, ATI Aqua Blue Special and an ATI Blue plus to add to the mix. It's hard to add any blue or warm white in a 4 bulb setup I find.


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I still like the Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/Giesemann Super Flora the best I think. I was surprised with how much red stayed with just the Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/Sunblaster 6400k combo.
Agreed. That is my favorite too.

But really, all are interesting in their own way.


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This might be an easier way to compare the colours. I will leave the other photos in post #1 as well because it lets you see the cast of light with open top tanks.
#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9


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Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/Giesemann Super Flora

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Sunblaster 6400k/Giesemann Super Flora/KZ Fiji Purple/Sunblaster 6400k

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Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/Sunblaster 6400k

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Giesemann Super Flora/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/ Giesemann Super Flora

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Giesemann Super Flora/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/ATI Purple Plus

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Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/ATI Purple Plus

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Sunblaster 6400k/Giesemann Super Flora/Sunblaster 6400k/Giesemann Super Flora

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Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/Giesemann Super Flora/Sunblaster 6400k/ATI Purple Plus/Giesemann Super Flora

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Sunblaster 6400k/KZ Fiji Purple/KZ Fiji Purple/Sunblaster 6400k/ATI Purple Plus/Giesemann Super Flora
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I thought I liked 4.
Then i liked 5 because I like purples
Then I liked 6 because, purples
But then i realized i like warmth too, so by comparison, I might go back to 5.
But the funny thing is, unless I see the others, I didnt even know what I wanted.
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I took the opportunity to have some more fun with the Seneye PAR meter. Have been wanting to try some different combinations, so I broke out the bulb stash and went at it.

And I know this is of limited interest to many, as only so many of us T5 nerds are around anymore. But I think the idea of color of light and how it presents the tank does translate over to LED, if only that more control of color is better.

So below are nine pics with different combinations of bulbs. At the end is a chart showing the combinations for each pic.

Pic #1........

Pic #2.......

Pic #3.......

Pic #4.......

Pic #5.......

Pic #6.......

Pic #7.......

Pic #8.......

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Careful w/ interpreting the Seneys w/ lights heavy in 660nm or greater light output.
Meter response charts weak..
What is PAR & PUR ? - Seneye
http://answers.seneye.com/@api/deki/...onse_curve.png
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Is the a link that gives instructions on how to add pictures the way you guys have shown here?
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Is the a link that gives instructions on how to add pictures the way you guys have shown here?

you can downlod some to here directly to your "album".


Other than that download to an image sharing site (or personal webspace) and add the link by the picture icon.


This site hs gotten pickier as to which images they allow.. as you can see by the broken one in my above post..

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Is the a link that gives instructions on how to add pictures the way you guys have shown here?
I use postimages.org to host the pictures and then use the "forum hotlink" copy function and paste the code into a reply here. It formats automatically to insert a picture wherever you paste it.


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I will go with combo #4. Why are all the Super flora 54w bulbs sold out everywhere on the internet? Is there an equivalent somewhere?
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I will go with combo #4. Why are all the Super flora 54w bulbs sold out everywhere on the internet? Is there an equivalent somewhere?
If you mean the Giesemann Super Flora, I have not seen an equivalent.

And it's not the color, it's the PAR. I've tested lots of T5 bulbs, and Giesemann's are PAR beasts compared to everything else.

Now, in some cases it may be too much PAR for some tanks, so it's good to understand what you are dealing with.


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If you mean the Giesemann Super Flora, I have not seen an equivalent.

And it's not the color, it's the PAR. I've tested lots of T5 bulbs, and Giesemann's are PAR beasts compared to everything else.

Now, in some cases it may be too much PAR for some tanks, so it's good to understand what you are dealing with.



I finally found some Giesemann floras. Going to try to mix that with the 660s.
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I will go with combo #4. Why are all the Super flora 54w bulbs sold out everywhere on the internet? Is there an equivalent somewhere?
Zoo Med, True Lumen, Wave Point, Red Sea, and Giesemann all have pink bulbs. I'm sure there's other brands I'm missing too. All will be slightly different from each other but once mixed you probably won't notice. As Greggz pointed out, the PAR output can be different from one manufacturer to the next.


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