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Amadod2
12-22-2014, 05:22 PM
So with my current full change up on the tank i have decided to change up the lighting as well, i wasn't getting the greatest results for my corals after a year and i know way, here is the current lighting set up:

6 bulb t5 fixture

5 supper blue and one fiji purple

now looking at everything, there was no real coral growth, just had the blue look i liked. but now i have realized that it needs to be changed.
So what are your bulb combos, and what gives you the best look with coral growth?

CM125
12-22-2014, 07:03 PM
So with my current full change up on the tank i have decided to change up the lighting as well, i wasn't getting the greatest results for my corals after a year and i know way, here is the current lighting set up:

6 bulb t5 fixture

5 supper blue and one fiji purple

now looking at everything, there was no real coral growth, just had the blue look i liked. but now i have realized that it needs to be changed.
So what are your bulb combos, and what gives you the best look with coral growth?

I also run Fiji purple and super blue, but I put in one white, I am also interested on what other people have

Slyguy00
12-22-2014, 07:15 PM
I run one actinic, 4 super blues and 1 fiji pink and get amazing results.

Doug
12-22-2014, 07:52 PM
4 super blues
1 coral+
1purple+

Coral Hoarder
12-22-2014, 08:51 PM
3 super blue and one blue plus get some great results

apexifd
12-22-2014, 09:07 PM
4 super blues
1 coral+
1purple+

this is a good combo!

Bblinks
12-23-2014, 01:14 AM
this is a good combo!

I also agree with this combo.

Would like to see some tank pics along with the recommendation since my expectation of good growth might not be the same as another reefer.

The Guy
12-23-2014, 01:58 AM
2 Fiji purples, 1 super blue, 1 autunic With a couple of 12 " Magenta stunner strips
on my 33 gallon. No sps just softies & zoes.

Wheelman76
12-23-2014, 02:25 AM
2 Fiji purples, 1 super blue, 1 autunic With a couple of 12 " Magenta stunner strips

on my 33 gallon. No sps just softies & zoes.


How's the growth ? With that combo you only have 1 "stand alone" bulb. The purples and actinic are supplemental bulbs. I would think the par would be pretty low , but I guess for softies and some Lps it would be ok.

Doug
12-23-2014, 03:09 AM
this is a good combo!


Seems to be a good combo. My sps has great colour and some that were not doing great under led,s are now.

To my eyes there seems to be a lack of white. I was debating removing one superblue and adding another coral plus.

H2o2
12-23-2014, 03:37 AM
I run one actinic, 4 super blues and 1 fiji pink and get amazing results.

I have seen it and he does

The Guy
12-23-2014, 05:10 AM
How's the growth ? With that combo you only have 1 "stand alone" bulb. The purples and actinic are supplemental bulbs. I would think the par would be pretty low , but I guess for softies and some Lps it would be ok..

The corals seem happy but the growth is slow, maybe I'll take out the atinic and put in another super blue.

Amadod2
12-23-2014, 05:23 AM
this is great feedback, all we need are some pics guys ;)

Ranchu50
12-23-2014, 07:47 AM
I am also following this thread.
I am running a rsm 250 with six T5 bulbs!


Is there a difference in the T5 light manufacturers?

Seems like for the colours you guys are mentioning, they are the Korallen-Zucht brand?

Slyguy00
12-23-2014, 09:18 AM
Here's a few pics. As I said 4 blue plus 1 actinic and 1 Fiji pink


http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_123203_zpsqa2houim.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_123203_zpsqa2houim.jpg.html)
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_123038_zps7tqkvoh5.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_123038_zps7tqkvoh5.jpg.html)
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_122903_zpsyxhyd0n1.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_122903_zpsyxhyd0n1.jpg.html)
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_122740_zpsg1ae1rm7.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_122740_zpsg1ae1rm7.jpg.html)
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_122443_zpsmvielj5y.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_122443_zpsmvielj5y.jpg.html)
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_122240_zpsuezkgp53.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_122240_zpsuezkgp53.jpg.html)
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/20141216_121705_zpssztrfzrf.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20141216_121705_zpssztrfzrf.jpg.html)
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/20141216_121657_zpsedj6oa3u.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20141216_121657_zpsedj6oa3u.jpg.html)
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/20141216_121639_zpsijuow4l7.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20141216_121639_zpsijuow4l7.jpg.html)
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/20141216_121617_zpsfurbkfem.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20141216_121617_zpsfurbkfem.jpg.html)

Slyguy00
12-23-2014, 09:37 AM
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_125002_zpsjucfd8ma.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_125002_zpsjucfd8ma.jpg.html)
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/20141216_180745_zpsdfyxeiao.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20141216_180745_zpsdfyxeiao.jpg.html)

NIVLEM09
12-23-2014, 09:47 AM
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_125002_zpsjucfd8ma.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/PSX_20141216_125002_zpsjucfd8ma.jpg.html)
http://i936.photobucket.com/albums/ad204/Slyguy00/Mobile%20Uploads/20141216_180745_zpsdfyxeiao.jpg (http://s936.photobucket.com/user/Slyguy00/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20141216_180745_zpsdfyxeiao.jpg.html)

Omg.....that is just beautiful!im upgrading and will be strictly lit by t5s.

Slyguy00
12-23-2014, 09:49 AM
Omg.....that is just beautiful!im upgrading and will be strictly lit by t5s.
Thank you, much appreciated:smile:

Dearth
12-23-2014, 05:31 PM
I run agua medic 6 light T5 my original light setup made my tank feel dark which was 2 lagoon blue, 2 pink and 2 actinic but that setup brought out the colours

My new setup I went for a brighter look

2 midday
1 actinic
1 pink
2 lagoon blue

My tank is much brighter which I like and have good coral growth but it is a softie tank too. The downside is because my tank is so bright I no longer see the colours pop out

Amadod2
12-23-2014, 05:59 PM
that tank looks great!!!!

Slyguy00
12-23-2014, 06:12 PM
that tank looks great!!!!

Thanks! Where's everybody else's pics??

Amadod2
12-23-2014, 06:16 PM
mine would be just pure blue :cry:

but i will update once i get my new bulbs.


what bulb combo do you guys think will get the best results:

4 supper blues, 1 coral +, 1 Purple +
or
3 super blues, 2 new generations, 1 fiji purple

as these are the two setups im looking at

Slyguy00
12-23-2014, 06:21 PM
I believe it's more personal preference then anything. Sure different combos may give you a little better growth but I think for the most part it's just personal preference. But I would go with your first choice.

Amadod2
12-23-2014, 06:24 PM
starting this January im changing a lot of things on my tank, and im going to do a journal for follow up, im going to change my lights, i bought a new sump, i have ordered miracle mud for a refuge, etc
its going to be interesting

Doug
12-23-2014, 07:43 PM
Thanks! Where's everybody else's pics??


http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=108647

Lots of mine here.

Slyguy00
12-23-2014, 07:45 PM
http://www.canreef.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=108647

Lots of mine here.

Looks great. Nice clam selection

Dearth
12-23-2014, 08:02 PM
I love a bright tank but the downside is the colours disappear in a brightly lit tank

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v447/Dearth01/002_zpsa599e212.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/Dearth01/media/002_zpsa599e212.jpg.html)

Slyguy00
12-23-2014, 08:03 PM
looks like you have a few white bulbs? What combo do you run?

Dearth
12-23-2014, 08:06 PM
looks like you have a few white bulbs? What combo do you run?

From a page back :biggrin:

I run agua medic 6 light T5 my original light setup made my tank feel dark which was 2 lagoon blue, 2 pink and 2 actinic but that setup brought out the colours

My new setup I went for a brighter look

2 midday
1 actinic
1 pink
2 lagoon blue

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Slyguy00
12-23-2014, 08:07 PM
Haha sorry was to lazy to scroll back a few pages.

Amadod2
12-23-2014, 08:08 PM
13625

5 superblues and 1 fiji pink

Dearth
12-23-2014, 08:10 PM
Nice Amadod2

Amadod2
12-23-2014, 08:12 PM
thanks, but its not getting that much coral growth, some of the corals are growing great but not all of them, i cant wait to start my tank journal

Dearth
12-23-2014, 08:16 PM
That is the trade off trying to find the right colour spectrum to bring out colours while promoting growth I sacrificed colour for brightness and growth

Amadod2
12-23-2014, 08:20 PM
im going to add more white to mine, as i only get to enjoy looking at it in the evening, so at that point only the supperblues will be on giving me the look i like and the growth during the day