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Old 04-30-2013, 08:15 PM   #1
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Lighting question

I have a marineland reef capable led light for my 37 gallon reef tank. I'm wondering what you may think about adding a T8 actinic bulb to the tank since I already have the T8 fixture. The led light is definitely more of a white light and I've heard that the best lighting is equal white lighting with actinic lighting. Since there are only 4 actinic led lights on that fixture would the t8 actinic light help a lot?

I realize I could just buy the bulb and return it if I don't like it but I thought I would ask the question.
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Marineland "reef capable light" ain't. Sorry
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It's the light I have so I'm going to use it even though it may not be perfect. Any other "helpful" thoughts?
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:46 PM   #4
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The fixture you have is capable of only keeping lowlight soft corals, not much else. I wouldn't worry to much about adding the t8 unless you want it for visual effects.
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Web you say visual effects would it help make it look better? I realize the combination wouldn't be sufficient to grow a lot but would the extra actinic help the look?
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:19 AM   #6
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Web you say visual effects would it help make it look better? I realize the combination wouldn't be sufficient to grow a lot but would the extra actinic help the look?
I imagine it would bring out some more fluorescents in the corals
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:31 AM   #7
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You might want to just sell the marine land and pick up a full T5 set or a different LED set. The reason is that any T5 or T8 would pretty much blend your LED shimmer effect, and the LED itself doesn't really make a huge differences in performance.

many people thought actinic doesn't help coral growth, and "white" bulb are the one growing coral, that is incorrect. You can grow coral with full power royal blue LEDs and they would grow like a charm. The only problem is that without the white, you can't really see the coral yourself lol.
As long as your blue LED/bulb give enough PAR then your coral would be fine. As far as for fluorescent in coral, you can easily get the best out of them with some Royal blue LED or violet LED.
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So sounds like most people really don't like the reef capable led light. Anybody on this forum use it for very basic coral?
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:16 PM   #9
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So sounds like most people really don't like the reef capable led light. Anybody on this forum use it for very basic coral?
Well if by 'basic' corals you mean mushroom zoas Xenia.. Things like that you should be fine
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:43 PM   #10
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That helps. I guess when i say basic, i mean coral that will do fine with this light. Since I'm new to this I am pretty ignorant about lighting requirements for certain coral. I found this website which gives PAR values for the light.

http://blog.aquanerd.com/wp-content/...AR-Numbers.png

But what I am not totally certain of is what corals would then do alright under these lights given these par values. Obviously you can't say all softies and all polyps but not sps or lps. So what PAR values would be considered light, moderate, or high?
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