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Old 01-05-2007, 11:53 AM   #1
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VHO T-12 Questions

Hey all,

I have a 55g Tank.

I just purchased and Installed DIY VHO T-12's.

They are URI Bulbs, 1x Super Atinic, 1x Aqua Sun. Both 110W.

The Ballast is a VRO AS220, and everything is installed under my Canopy.

I Bought 2 Ballasts, and 4 lamps, but decided I just didn't have enough room for all 4 lamps, so I only installed 2.

My question is, After firing up the lights, The tank looks REALLY purple.

Before these lights, I had a T-5 Setup with 1x atinic, 1x 10k, 26watts each.

Is this Purple color normal? Is it something that changes as the light breaks in? Does it need to warm up?

My old T5's look more blue/white.

Also URI offeres a 50/50 bulb, I am wondering if this would be a better choice?

Right now I don't have corals, but will be wanting to add some soft corals soon, and I know spectrum can affect their health, so I want to make sure my lights are operating normal.

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True actinics have a purple look to them. If you dont like the color then change the bulb to something else. It will soften up after awhile. It will still be a tad purple, but it wont be a glaring purple that it probably is now.
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I use the super actinic and the 50/50 bulbs. Yes you`ll get that purple to blue color. It`s good for the tank. Here is mine in regular so as to judge the color.
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I agree. Those super actinics are purple. Melosu58 uses them on his tank, and I'm sure he'll be by to comment. You will likely have to change out the bulb though, like Hara said.
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You`ll get used to it Chad. I`ve had the same type bulbs for 9 yrs now. My tank seems to love it. But I also use the 50/50 bulb also. Try that one instead of the aquasun.
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You`ll get used to it Chad. I`ve had the same type bulbs for 9 yrs now. My tank seems to love it. But I also use the 50/50 bulb also. Try that one instead of the aquasun.

So use a 50/50 and the Super Atinic?

How many bulbs do you use?

I bought 4, but decided just to use 2. That gives me 4wpg.

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I just use two. Mine are 6 ft long
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I love the purple look VHO's give. If you are going for light intensity T5's are a little stronger but on the other side VHO's give the best true acitnic look by far IMO.
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