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Old 04-18-2015, 12:39 PM   #1
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t5 Combo question

Hey guys,

I just got this fixture in the mail.

LCD Timer 36" 234W 6X39W Fluorescent Actinic T5 HO Aquarium Light Fixture Marine | eBay

The stock bulbs are (3x) 12k (3x) Actinic. All of them are Sea World T5 HO 39W.

What bulbs can I use that came stock? Which ones should I replace and with what?
What configuration should I use. Front three are controlled separately from back three.

Thanks for the help.
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If you replace the bulbs, you would want to switch to higher quality bulbs for coral growth. The more popular bulbs are made by ATI and Geisemann. When I ran them, I had a 4 bulb unit. I ran from the aquablue special, blue plus, and the purple bulb Geisemann runs...as I think the ATI purple plus is more pink than anything.
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Old 04-18-2015, 01:17 PM   #3
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Thoughts on ordering these from Dr. Foster.

2 Coralife 10L
1 Super Purple giesemann
2 ATI Coral Plus
2 ATI Blue Plus
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Coralife as in the company or is that a color spectrum of bulb? If it is the company, skip it and pick a different bulb.
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the company...i was advised to go with 2 10k and those are the best i found really...that or aquasun or aquaticlife... unless or have an alternative for the two 10k bulbs
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I'd go with 1 coral + 2 blue + and the super purple or another b+ or c+ depending on how you like the look of the tank ( bluer or whiter)


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I think ATI makes that color of bulb as well...it might be called coral plus?
I didn't use a bulb with that color spectrum. Of the 4 bulbs I had one aquablue special, two blue +, and the super purple...I think.
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I don't like the coral plus. Too pink to me. I don't like the purple lamps either. I prefer 2 ATI blue plus, and 2 ATI aquablue special. You don't need 10k lamps, and unless you have enough blue, your tank is going to look washed out. I like the aquablue specials for daylights. They are a nice, crisp white.
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Decided on

Giesemann Super Purple (x1)
ATI Blue Plus (x1)
ATI Aquablue special (x2)
ATI Coral Plus (x2)
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Oh..why did I think this was a 4 lamp fixture?
Anyway, I think you are going to be disappointed. What color temp do you like to view your tank in?
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