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Old 05-30-2011, 01:37 PM   #11
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You can replace your white T5's with blue or purple T5's, I like the blue ones personally. We just replaced two more of our white ones with blue so we have about half and half, a little more blue actually.
This is actually how my t5s are 2 actinic and 2 white
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Lots of blue helps IMO. I had just the stock 50/50 PC lights on my 24. When I upgraded and added another acitinic the coralline grew 2x as fast.
Should I try more actinic?
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You could but all blue is kind of dark, we have our timers set for our 260 now that in the morning its just the whites on, then both white and blue are on for a few hours, then the day finishes with only the blue on. I don't think you can do that with your light though.
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I might be able to but I would have to change the bulbs around right now there is 2 ballast and each has a blue and a white on it
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Yah but if you changed them around wouldn't only half of the tank be all blue and then the other half all white?
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I wouldnt think so because they are a 48 inch bulb which is the length of the tank but im not totally sure about it
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OHHH I see, I was thinking it was two shorter bulbs on each side. You could totally replace one more white with a blue then. If you don't like it you could always swap it back.
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That is true I would like to find 14k t5 bulbs if they even make them
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I had a hard time getting it to grow on my first reef. I wasn't use RO water at the time and the municipal water where I had lived was terrible--I just didn't know. The switch to RO water really got it going. I was running T5's at the time. I really like coralline. Lots of purples and reds.
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I hate to admit it but I use tap water in both my tanks I tried using some ro water for awhile but the best I can figure is where I was getting it from never changed the filters on or something because I started having cyano outbreaks like crazy It took multiple water changes with my tap water to get it under control
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