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Old 08-05-2012, 12:36 PM   #1
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Have just regular stock odysea 250w j belive double ended on electronic hid ballast I'm pretty sure they are like 14000K cause they aren't crazy white or blue at all iv heard a lot of ppl like to use 20000k. I have my antic t5 bulbs(4) on while the MH bulbs are on I'll post pictures of how it looks once the MH are done warming up

First one is with just MH second is with both kinda hard to see in picture but it has a much more blue white light rather then when it's off and it's more yellow
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:42 PM   #2
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Have just regular stock odysea 250w j belive double ended on electronic hid ballast I'm pretty sure they are like 14000K cause they aren't crazy white or blue at all iv heard a lot of ppl like to use 20000k. I have my antic t5 bulbs(4) on while the MH bulbs are on I'll post pictures of how it looks once the MH are done warming up
I highly doubt with 4 actinic bulbs that your gonna want a 20k halide. Id recommend 14k and i highly highly recommend a Phoenix 14k bulb. Ive run this bulb for awhile and absolutely love it compared to a few other brands.
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Well I don't want to have the antic on while te MH are on
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Well I don't want to have the antic on while te MH are on
? Well with 20k you will get a completely different spectrum. Not necessarily the best spectrum for growth. Any particular reason you do not wanna run the actinics with the halide? Running with will also give you more intense and full spectrum lighting then the halide alone.
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Well I have just seen other tank and heard of other ppl using 20000k I just don't like the hue of the mh and if I could turn of the antics when the mh are on then I would save energy and heat
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:15 PM   #6
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Up top I added the photos look at them you'll see what I mean
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:21 PM   #7
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Well I have just seen other tank and heard of other ppl using 20000k I just don't like the hue of the mh and if I could turn of the antics when the mh are on then I would save energy and heat
Well not sure what your trying to achieve then as far as coral growth. 20k will not give the same results, and you will be losing light from not having actinics on. If looks is more important to you then go ahead and get 20k then i guess.
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I have a 20k 250w mh with two pc actinics and it's too blue, colors wash out. If I stay with mh I will probably go with 10k or 14k. But for the money...I may just go with LEDs. You don't save enough power for that to be a consideration, so if your happy with the color with the mh and the actinics...run it together.
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Old 08-05-2012, 01:34 PM   #9
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Yea eh ok well I was just thinking if it was possible but ok thanks what about better antics?
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That's certainly an option, IME all actinics are not created equal. The thing is to be able to see what they will look like with your mh before you buy it? Maybe additional actinics?
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