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Aricml
12-13-2011, 10:06 PM
It seems like everyone has their opinions on what combination of lights are the best. I'm new and use 10K's with 420nm Actinic so that's all I know. But I'm hoping some of the veterans can tell me what combinations of bulbs you prefer and even better, why you prefer it! Do your corals grow better? Is it just what is most beautiful to you? Any combinations you don't like? I'd love to pick your brains..

Pride of the rockies
12-13-2011, 10:18 PM
Are you using t5? Mh?

notxes11
12-13-2011, 11:04 PM
i have always gone 14k. great growth and still a nice blue shimmer. Best of both worlds for me.

Murfman
12-13-2011, 11:11 PM
22k LEDs

dirtefish
12-14-2011, 01:22 AM
14k evo leds. Switching from PC's to these was an unreal difference

garyanddebbie
12-14-2011, 07:32 AM
I just got the 20k EVO leds. Make a huge difference compared to the t5's I was running.

notchback5.0
12-14-2011, 08:06 AM
i just switched from a 20k to a 14k due to how much cheaper the 14k's were. I personally am torn. With the 14k, the tanks seems brighter overall, but with the 20k, the blues really make the tank look awesome. I also use a single ATI t5 actinic bulb with the halides. I think i will try to go back to 20k for my new aquarium if I ever get it going.

JLAURENCE32
12-14-2011, 10:45 AM
22k sunrise/sunset then going to about 10k at midday. I like having the sunrise option to see the tank both ways. It's nice to have the blues for the blacklight poster effect but I couldn't live with my tank that dark all the time, so I gotta go to the 10k for a few hours midday to see in the cracks and caves.

Gabe
12-14-2011, 10:15 PM
20K tends to be too blue for my taste, but 14K is not enough. This is why I must have dimmable LEDs. Plus nothing is cooler than looking at one of your favorite corals while playing the led and changing the color. It gives you a great sense of hot complex their patterns are.

calvin415
12-14-2011, 10:26 PM
20K tends to be too blue for my taste, but 14K is not enough. This is why I must have dimmable LEDs. Plus nothing is cooler than looking at one of your favorite corals while playing the led and changing the color. It gives you a great sense of hot complex their patterns are.

+1, colors ranges from a 30k at dawn to a 10k at peak daytime and back to a 30k at dusk. Then 450nm - 465nm on a lunar cycle.

JLAURENCE32
12-15-2011, 08:03 AM
20K tends to be too blue for my taste, but 14K is not enough. This is why I must have dimmable LEDs. Plus nothing is cooler than looking at one of your favorite corals while playing the led and changing the color. It gives you a great sense of hot complex their patterns are.

Yeah, the best part about LED's is playing with them. They're fun!

Bernout
12-15-2011, 09:50 AM
+1, colors ranges from a 30k at dawn to a 10k at peak daytime and back to a 30k at dusk. Then 450nm - 465nm on a lunar cycle.

You're build thread is pretty long so I haven't read all of it. Was the above pretty complicated to set up???

Bernout