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Old 07-06-2009, 01:22 PM   #1
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What type of T5HO bulbs should I get? Info And pic Included.

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I'm back with yet another question, 1st I'll supply the tank specs: 120 Gallon FOWLR (Cycling) 60x18x26 See photo below. 2nd = I purchased 2 250 watt parabolic reflectors with bulbs and ballasts, 4 T5HO single reflectors with waterproof caps and 1 ballast that will handle 1,2,3 or 4 54 watt T5HO bulbs but did not purchase the bulbs yet. I'm going to be building a custom hood and lighting scheme, for now I'm going to run the tank FOWLR and want to use the T5HO for now but plan on going to a reef down road (The reason for the MH lamps). I'm looking for recommendations on what T5HO bulbs I should purchase. I hope i provided enough information this time if not let me know.
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I`m one of those that likes actinics but there are others that dont so we will see what they say. I use VHO`s so I`m not quite a T5 expert
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I`m one of those that likes actinics but there are others that dont so we will see what they say. I use VHO`s so I`m not quite a T5 expert
That's cool, There should be enough info this time. What exactly is actinics?
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Old 07-06-2009, 03:37 PM   #4
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This is what I use:
Again, recommended bulbs for a 4 bulb T5
unit would be:
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ATI Blue Plus
UVL Super Actinic
UVL Aquasun
ATI Blue Plus
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This is what I use:
Again, recommended bulbs for a 4 bulb T5
unit would be:
Front:
ATI Blue Plus
UVL Super Actinic
UVL Aquasun
ATI Blue Plus
Thanks for the info, any particular Kelvin rating?
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Aquasun is 10,000k, the rest is by name either 420 or 460,,
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No help on bulbs but the tank is looking good.....
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I don't have a sw tank....yet. But I've been researching bulb combos as well. These were recommended to me:

UVL Superactinics
UVL Actinic White (12000K)
UVL 75/25 (14000K)
ATI Blue
Aquablue
Fiji purple

One person recommended a combo of the first 3 and another recommended a combo of the last 3.
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