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Old 12-10-2012, 04:01 PM   #11
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10K bulbs can look kind of yellow especially with the atinics on. But if you're starting at ground zero, consider LEDs. Even the cheap ones on Ebay (Taotronics) outperform T5's and are cheaper to run.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:03 PM   #12
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I don't use LEDs but in my opinion LEDs look soooo much better
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:41 PM   #13
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If i decide to keep this light, it appears my bulb choices are very limited. If i got two 50/50 bulbs to replace the 10ks and give me more of a blue look, would that in turn limit the amount of growth I would get? Also, when is the fan supposed to kick on, during the blues or whites?
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:49 PM   #14
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I don't know about PCs but T5s should be replaced every 12-18 months so I'm sure you're due for new ones. Fowlr doesn't require any lighting so u could save the $ on the bulbs to put toward ur next light.

LEDs are the way most serious aquarists are going nowadays.

I currently have t5ho but plan to upgrade to LEDs eventually so I can grow sps corals.

u have time to do some research and consider your options since you want to wait 8-12 months for your tank to be more established anyway.

If you're thinking reef (which you most likely will after seeing all the awesome corals at your lfs every week) the light is probably your most important purchase.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:01 AM   #15
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I would definitely go ahead with replacing the bulbs. PCs should be replaced every 6 months or so. I changed my T5s every 6 mons as well when I had them and I could really tell the difference. You should be alright with the 50/50s to start out with, and it will give you a more of a blue hue.

I agree with going FOWL for the first bit to save up for the light you decide you need. For example, if you decide SPS isn't for you, you won't need a light that harnesses the power of the sun and you can get something that suits your needs better.
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Say I go with two 96w actinics and two 96x 50/50 bulbs, would anything grow on the live rock? What about two 96w actinics and two 10ks? Thanks for all of your responses btw, I really do appreciate it.
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That's over 5 watts / gallon so you would def be able to grow a lot of diff types of coral. But I am not a lighting expert so I'll let others chime in on this one.

First thing I would do is get your cycle going.
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That's a bit of overkill at 5 watts per gallon. I would worry about too much heat from the fixture warming the water. When I grow SPS corals in my frag tank, I have an intense focused LED that travels on a rail system so no coral gets more than 5 minutes of exposure every half hour. I have a PAR level of 1300 when this light hits the coral. But it is moving, so bleaching isn't an issue. At 4 watts per gallon, even clams are happy if the coloration of the light is proper.
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Alright so I found a guy who's selling a t5 fixture that is 8 months old with 3 10ks and 3 actinics in it for $100 bucks. I don't know what the brand is yet or if it's ho or not, but should I dump the PC's and pick this up?
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Alright so I found a guy who's selling a t5 fixture that is 8 months old with 3 10ks and 3 actinics in it for $100 bucks. I don't know what the brand is yet or if it's ho or not, but should I dump the PC's and pick this up?
T5 is much superior to PC's, but don't buy more wattage for your tank than you need.
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