I have a Coralife hood, 2x 96w CFL & 2x 150w HQI's..
I replaced the Magnetic ballasts with electronic ballasts about a year or so ago and all has been well with the HQI's..
Last week the CFL ballast(s) went out, So now I am at the cross road, Do I just put new CFL ballast(s) in, or do I change the actinic's to T5's or to LED
I would LOVE to change the CFL's our to VHO
's as I have NEVER been able to get coralline algae to grow like I did when I had VHO
's, but I know they wont fit in this hood..
So do T5's grow Coralline better than CFL's? What about LED
To be honest, once the HQI's fire up, I can turn off the CFL's and don't notice any difference what so ever in what the tank looks like, I think the HQI's are soo powerful they just shut out the CFL's.. So really the only time I *See* the CFL's is the 1 hour between when the HQI's turn on and the HQI's turn off. I have the CFL's on a timer to turn on 1 hour before and stay on 1 hour after.
So what's the opinion of the masses? Should I leave it CFL? or change it to something else?