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Old 12-10-2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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Lighting question

Ok, so I decided that I am going to convert my 75gal fresh water to a saltwater tank. I have been looking around for a light for a couple weeks and yesterday I found a good deal off someone and bought it. It is a 48" Coralife Marine Lunar Aqualight and I bought it for $75. So I was pretty pumped until I realized that compact florescent lights seem to be old news lol. None the less, it was a major upgrade from the light I had. It has two 96w 10,000k bulbs and two 96w actinics in it. When i turn on both sets, It really seems too yellowish. Is this the optimal light set up for a tank? Is there something I can do to get that more whitish blue? The tank is going to be a Fowlr set up if that helps any. Thanks for any response.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:39 PM   #2
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Well I have the same exact light tucked away in my closet but maybe you should get new bulbs the problem with that light is bulb replacement becomes a constant problem which I was tired of dealing with so I decided to go with a more efficient t5 lighting system
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:51 PM   #3
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New bulbs in a lower wattage for the 10,000k's? Or just new bulbs all the way around?
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:59 PM   #4
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You should change them all the way around because the person you bought it from must have been using them for a very long time
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:01 PM   #5
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Do not lower wattage you will need all the power you can get as your addiction to the saltwater hobby consumes you
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:03 PM   #6
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Thanks for the help, do you think this light will be sufficient or should I try and resell to get some t5's?
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:13 PM   #7
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I started looking at my tank better and the white rocks themselves seem to have a yellowish tint to them, I'm now wondering if the white light isnt projecting a yellow hue because of the rocks.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:16 PM   #8
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How old is your tank? And are you sure it isn't diatom on your rock
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:25 PM   #9
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My tank has been up and running for over a year now, but its about to get tore down so I can start up a saltwater tank. I'm not really sure what it is to be honest with you. It's not very thick, just like a slight layer of yellowish brown. I just assumed it was normal growth. Here's a picture of the tank (if I did it right).
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Has to be diatom are you over feeding? Either way you are going to do a conversion so you'll be fine
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