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Old 05-30-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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Coraline algae

In your opinion does coraline grow beter under some lights then others?
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I think it grows better under weak lighting, it grows like crazy in my seahorse tank which only has 96 watt compact fluorescent lighting. I've read it grows better in bluer light as well.
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Reason I ask my 55 gallon tank has been set up since september last year with t5s and I see some growth in there but it is slow my 90 gallon has been up since march of this year with halides and Im already seeing spots of it all over the place
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I've got immense amts in my 55g under t5's, aquablue bulbs and 460's actinics....I have a nice amount growing under 2 pc lights in my cube...so i can't see the difference really..the cube has only been up a month. I think alot has to do with your water parameters as well. Soon as I hit 0 nitrates in the 55g the coralline really took off.
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Yes now that you mention it, my metal halide 28 gallon also has a lot more coralline than our 260 with t5's. The coralline still grows in the 260 but is slower.
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I think it grows better under weak lighting, it grows like crazy in my seahorse tank which only has 96 watt compact fluorescent lighting. I've read it grows better in bluer light as well.
When you say bluer correct me if I am wrong but 14k would be bluer then 10k right because my halides are 14k
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yah 14k is bluer than 10k im pretty sure, and then 20k is even bluer. That's my understanding of how it works anyways haha.
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Maybe that is why it is growing better under my halides Do they make a 14k t5?
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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.
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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.
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