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Old 07-12-2012, 05:14 PM   #11
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wow...this is the perfect thread for my research. I was debaiting on which ATI bulbs to get and this thread answers my question!!!

Also thanks for the tip on the fees irishmike!! most places where charging $9-10 for shipping
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:04 PM   #12
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No problem I'll post the pics later when I get home from work!
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:08 PM   #13
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From my iPhone so not that great of quality

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Old 07-20-2012, 03:55 PM   #14
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I ended up getting the getting 3 ATI bulbs (Aquablue special, blue+ and purple+) and 1 giesemann aquablue+ bulb.

I got 1 giesemann bulb due to the fact that i wanted 1daylight bulb closer towards 10k as possible. the giesemann was perfect with 60% 6k and 40% 15k which combines to a color output of 11k

BTW...i had my shipping chargers taken off ...i know a lil inside trick to getting the shipping chargers knocked out from any website if any1 wants to know
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:28 PM   #15
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Umm yeah PM me please!?!
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Old 08-12-2012, 12:23 PM   #16
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So my corals didn't like the actinic look as much as I did lol do I ended up buying an additional aquablue special and last week and I can already see the difference. Currently running one aquablue special with one blue plus on one timer and one aquablue special with the purple. Love the look for now but once the t5s run out I will be making the switch to LEDs. Love how they last for over 50000 hours. Wondering if I should do a DIY fixture or just buy 2 of the tectonics. Any thoughts would be appreciated since I'm just going to be doing research for a while.



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The pictures were taken late at night when the corals were shrinking up, I will post some midday pics later today.
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Old 08-12-2012, 06:34 PM   #17
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:30 PM   #18
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What bulbs were on in the post with 3 pictures above? I really like the look of your tank in those 3 pictures. The pics with all four lights on seems a little more washed and not as vivid or crisp in color as the tank with the 3 pictures.

I'm not the best to ask about LED's because I've never had them, but I also plan on switching to LED's after this 'round' of new ATI bulbs for my T5's. I just got them in today, and will post before and after pics.

So I'll probably have these new bulbs for just under a year, and then make the switch to LED. I currently have higher temps in my tank because of the lights (and because they're in a canopy), so I always have 2 fans running. One in the canopy, and one across my refugium/sump to cool things off. It will be a lot nicer to have the 'wavelike' effect of the LED's, plus the decrease in energy consumption, and less heat as well. But that's down the road for me...
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:43 PM   #19
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Thank you, that was only one aqua blue special and one blue plus on. I couldn't agree more with you about making the switch to LEDs, I will probably make the switch to them in May. What type of fixture are you going with? I was thinking DIY from rapidled.com
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Your tank looks amazing!
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