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Old 09-27-2005, 04:10 PM   #1
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Looking for the nice blue tint look.......

I have a 175 DIY metal halide 10k system up and running right now but it does not like blue enough for me. Any way of making the water have a nice blue tint? the store by me has 10w actinic retro fixtures for 22 bucks each. Will 2 of them help?
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Old 09-27-2005, 04:15 PM   #2
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Yes, actinic lighting is what is going to give you that blue look. What size tank do you have? 10W actinics aren't very big but will give you the look you are describing.

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Or you could get 14k MH bulbs. That's what I have.
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Old 09-27-2005, 04:19 PM   #4
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Tank is 37 gal, I don't need the extra lighting I just want the look, but I guess every watt helps. Plus i heard actinic is good for your corals.
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:38 PM   #6
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If you can get them in there buy two of them and it should do the trick... You definitely have a lot of light in there!
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Ya 5 watts per gallon after the acintics! I guess i can grow basically anything i want?
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3' fine sand bed 1x Orange Stripe Prawn shrimp goby, 1x sixline wrassemated pair of true percula clowns, 1x CBS shrimp, 2x peppermint shrimp, 1x pistol shrimp, 1x tiger tale cuke, ~20+ snails, ~10+ hermits, 1xserpent star.
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:44 PM   #8
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The actinics would help. If you do not want to go that route try a 14k or even a 20K MH bulb instead of the 10K. It will have more blue in it.
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I think the 14K is a happy medium. For more blue, the 20K will suffice.

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