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Old 01-24-2013, 03:08 PM   #1
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Bulbs for t5 ho!

I have a Wavepoint 48", 4 bulb (2 actinic blues and 2 10k daylights) over my 55 FOWLR. How do I know when to replace them? Will they begin to dim or is it based off of time? The bulbs have been on it since July. I hear 9 months ish? Also, should I replace them with the same 10k, or is there a way to go a bit brighter/bluer? Thanks...
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:15 PM   #2
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They start to blink a little bit, but it's hard to see. You have to change them very 6-12 months. Brown algae and cyanobacteria appears otherwise. If I were you, I'd change one every 2 months.
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Really?? Lighting that's on it's way out can cause cyano and algae?
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:25 PM   #4
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They start to produce more red light as they go. you don't see it with naked eye (the 10000k ones especially, the actinic will just be less bright.)
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Should I stick with 10k or go to 12 or 14?
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:54 PM   #6
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10000k is fine
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:28 AM   #7
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What if I want a bluer look?
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:33 AM   #8
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Check out ATI bulbs.


http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/lighti...t-1/bulbs.html

Blue plus will give you a nice blue and you can even mix in a purple plus.

You have a four bulb fixture like I had. I had 2 aqua blue specials 1 blue plus and 1 purple plus.

This is the tank with the 2 aqua blue specials off.



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In my profile I think there a pic with all the lights on to give you am idea of that it looks like.
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So if it's a 4 bulb, should I do a blue plus and a purple, with 2 actinics? I feel that with only 4 bulbs it wont disperse the light properly?
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Id go with less blue personally. My 6 bulb is 3 actinics 2 purple plus and a 14k but if I did it over on a 4 bulb I'd go with an actinic, a blue plus, a purple plus, and a 10k.
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