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Old 12-19-2012, 09:39 PM   #11
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So, 14k is not good enough? I thought it would be good because it is the middle between 10k and 20k. Am I wrong?
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:36 PM   #12
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there is no right or wrong answer to the color temperature as long as it is between 12000K to 20000K, you are fine. It is all personal preferences. Some people choose to go with a lot bluer color in their tank as they think it is a lot crystal clear to them, but someone hated it cuz higher in Kelvin means lower in lumens and would not look as bright as something that is 12000K to human eyes.

If you choose to go with MH, that is totally fine, but understand the additional works you will need such as a chiller and changing light bulbs on time.
I am bias on this not because I sell LEDs, it is because I am a victim of MH myself due to heat. And I promised myself will never use another MH for my reef tank from that point on after losing about 20k worth of coral and fish.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:23 AM   #13
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I already am using MH lights on my tank now. 2x175 @14k. I had a little issue with the heat, but I installedntwo fans on my canopy and not have had an issue since. I am in need of a new set of lights as the age is getting close. A lot of stuff I have been reading says that in another 6-8 months would be better to get leds because currently you cannot change out individual ones that happen to burn out. I still do not understand the whole thing about needing something else compared to watts for mh lights.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:05 PM   #14
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So, has anyone on here ever heard of 1000bulbs.com? I purchased two light bulbs from them and put them on my tank a week or so ago. The tips of my acroporas are starting to look lighter. Is that a sign that they like the new bulbs, or is that a bad sign? I bought 2 14k 175watt MH bulbs. That is what I already had on there, just time for new ones that's all.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:17 PM   #15
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i could simply means it is reacting to the new light bulbs, not sure what you mena by lighter tho. If you saw the acropora start having some white tip, that means they are growing as they usually grow the skeleton first.
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They are kinda looking whitish, but the polyps are still extending, not a lot though.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:46 PM   #17
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i think they are growing, i wouldn't worry about it unless you start looking at color loss on main branches
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:13 PM   #18
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How long should I wait before I start to worry and looking for a different set off lights?
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:05 PM   #19
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Hmmmm.......
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:41 PM   #20
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