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Old 05-27-2005, 04:24 PM   #1
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PC disappointment

So I've been waiting and researching, and I finally buy some good PC lighting....260W for a 55 gallon. It has 2 actinics and 2 12K daylight bulbs, and even the moonlights. So I put it on my tank, turn it on, and....disapointed to say the least! It doesn't even look as good as the 40W NO bulb I had in there to start? WHY? Anybody had this experience?
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Old 05-27-2005, 04:35 PM   #2
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Well, you can always get the right color light you want by switching out the bulbs.

What do you like?

Warmer, Cooler, brighter?
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I actually like just the plain white 40W NO bulb I had in my crappy fixture to start....don't know what light range it is though.
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Old 05-27-2005, 04:38 PM   #4
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So is your 40W warmer, cooler, brighter, darker... What is it?
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Could be too blue cuz of the 12,000K bulbs. Most stick to 10,000K and a couple true actinic 03 bulbs.
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definately brighter looking.....makes everything look crisp and clear and bright.....the 260 W makes everything look greenish kind of....and doesn't look near as bright
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I bet too much Actinic.


Try replacing the Actinic with a 50/50 and see how it looks.
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Old 05-27-2005, 05:06 PM   #8
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so should I replace the 03 actinics with 50/50's or should I replace the 12K with 10K's?
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Well...

I would replace the actinics.

Yellow/Blue make green.

Since the 12K is kinda the yellow half of that, I am thinking the main prob is coming from the actinics.

If you get rid of them, maybe tone the blue down (by getting a 50.50 or something) it would get rid of more of that green.
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Dont get rid of the actinics unless its a full actinic PC bulb (both bulbs are blue). Get the 50/50s. You might also consider your bulb arrangement. I have my actinics towards the back of the tank to give the back a deeper, darker look.

And contrary to everyone else, I would replace the 12k's with something warmer, or more white. The actinic bulbs help a bunch as they supply a needed wave-band.

Consider 20k or 10k bulbs, and place them in the slots that are nearer the front of the tank.

Personally I dislike any yellow light. It makes the whole tank look not so illuminated. More dull. More anti-dislexic (ok, poor joke). But anyways, my basic lighting is similar to yours... but on twice the tank. Used in combination with my NO flourescents, it comes out looking mighty pretty.

Sorry for your displeasure
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