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LDogg
02-26-2009, 02:32 PM
well I went out and bought a new T5 fixture for the 120. with the summer coming and no AC in my house I figure the 2 400's might be too much. Plus I like the fixture look over my eurobracing. I bought a Current Nova Pro Extreme from MD on Monday. it's a 6 bulb unit with 3 10k's and 3 actinics. I love the unit, I have figured out how to mount 8 lunar pods onto the unit from my MLC controller connected to the RKE. Any way, my issue is it's too white. I need more blue. right now I am running 4 pods ~ 8 LEDs all day and night, and it's ok, but I only want to run those in the evening. I know these stock bulbs are not the best. So whats the best? I remember jessie posted a list of bulbs for this unit when he mentioned it to me a while back, but I can't find that thread.

mrliriel
02-26-2009, 05:17 PM
ATI lamps are the best. Blue+ are 22,000k lamps and Aquablue specials are 12,000k. A good mix is 3 Blue+, 2 Aquablue special, and one GE 6700k just to get a little orange spectrum in there.

mrliriel
02-26-2009, 05:20 PM
That would give you about a 20,000k look. If you wanted more of a 14,000k look then you could swap one of the ATI Blue+ out for a URI 75.25 lamp.

mrliriel
02-26-2009, 05:22 PM
While we are on the topic here is a repost from Grim taken from RC.

4 lamp 14K look

Front
Blue
Actinic (Can substitute UVL 75/25 for SPS tank on this or any other mixes listed)
Sun/Daylight
Blue (or Aquablue for a whiter look)

4 lamp 20K look

Blue
Actinic
Aquablue (or blue for stronger blue look)
Blue

5 lamp 14K

Blue
Actinic
Sun/Daylight
Blue
Aquablue

5 lamp 20K look

Blue
Actinic
Aquablue
Blue
Blue, Actinic, UVL 75/25, Aquablue (going from a more to less intense blue)

6 lamp 10K

Blue
Actinic
Sun/Daylight
Aquablue
Sun/Daylight, Aquablue
Blue


6 lamp 14K

Blue
Actinic
Sun/Daylight
Blue
Sun/Daylight, Aquablue
Blue

6 lamp 20K look

Blue
Actinic
Aquablue
Blue
Blue, UVL 75/25, Aquablue (going from more to less intense blue)
Blue


7 lamp SPS Mushroom Melter 10K look

Blue
Aquasun
UVL 75/25
Blue
Aquasun
Aquablue
Blue

7 lamp 14K look

Blue
Daylight/sun or ATI Pro Color
Actinic
UVL 75/25
Blue
Aquablue or Sun/Daylight
Blue

7 lamp 15K More noticable blue

Blue
Actinic
Blue
Aquablue or UVL 75/25
Actinic
Aquablue or Blue
Blue

7 lamp 15K more blue with added red spectrum

Blue
Pro Color
Actinic
Blue
Blue
UVL 75/25
Blue

8 lamp 10K

Blue
Aquasun
Actinic
Blue
Aquasun
UVL 75/25
Aquablue
Blue

8 lamp 14K

Blue
Actinic
Daylight/sun
Blue
Daylight/sun
Blue
Aquablue
Blue


8 lamp 20K

Blue
Actinic
UVL 75/25
Blue
Aquablue
Blue
Actinic
Blue

8 lamp “What did you put in my drink man?” Special
Looks like 20K with heavy actinics. Glows

Blue
UVL Super Actinic
Blue
Pro Color
UVL Super Actinic
Blue
UVL 75/25
Blue

LDogg
02-26-2009, 05:22 PM
ok, thx. I think I might try to 20k look for now.

LDogg
02-26-2009, 05:35 PM
ok, I am probably going to go this route. is that GE actually sold as a 6500k?

"A good mix is 3 Blue+, 2 Aquablue special, and one GE 6700k"

Reefkoi
02-26-2009, 06:17 PM
Sweet, is it pretty bright? I love T-5 tanks, there is sure a lot of bulbs out there and a lot of ways to tweak the colors!

I'm curious as to how much heat they produce though, watt for watt maybe the same? You are dropping like 500 watts though right? So I'm guessing it'll be much cooler

mrliriel
02-26-2009, 06:49 PM
Yeh my bad the GE is a 6500k

LDogg
02-26-2009, 06:51 PM
A little less the 500w. I am going to focus on zoas palys, micros and, acans. I will have some monti's here and there though. It seems pretty bright to me right now, and the corals all seem pretty happy with the results. I need to re aquascape this weekend, and mount these pods more permenently along with the controller and I will post some pictures.

JLAURENCE32
02-27-2009, 01:29 PM
Hey Larry, if you want to check out my lights I run:

Six lamps -
3 ATI Blue +
2 ATI Aquablue
1 GE 6500k

I think it's about a 10k-12k look. During the sunset/sunrise cycle with 2 Blue+ and 1 Aquablue it's about a 20K-22k look. This was all per Grim Reefer which I'm really happy with.

PS - definately change all the old bulbs. You'll probably double your par when you do.

LDogg
04-14-2009, 03:31 PM
Had 2 bulbs burn out so I replaced all 6.

3 ATI Blue +
2 ATI Aquablue
1 GE 6500k

what order front to back should these go?
I was thinking

Blue+
AquaBlue
Blue+
AquaBlue
GE
Blue+

mrliriel
04-14-2009, 04:52 PM
Looks good to me. I run Blue+ on the outside as well.

LDogg
04-14-2009, 04:54 PM
cool. thx.

JLAURENCE32
04-14-2009, 06:51 PM
Had 2 bulbs burn out so I replaced all 6.

3 ATI Blue +
2 ATI Aquablue
1 GE 6500k

what order front to back should these go?
I was thinking

Blue+
AquaBlue
Blue+
AquaBlue
GE
Blue+

Same bulbs, same order.

Gomojoe
04-14-2009, 11:40 PM
I currently have mine Nova Extreme Pro running with:

-2x UV Aquasun
-1x UV Super Actinic
-1x ATI AquaBlue Special
-1x Current USA Actinic
-1x Current USA 10k

It is really bright, but I think the two Aquasun bulbs are too much red so I am going to try swapping out the current usa bulbs with 2 blue +s.

I would highly suggest going with one of the Super Actinics, because it is a true actinic 420nm it really cause things to florece that did not under the blue actinics. And that super actinic doesn't cost you alot of PAR like other actinics. At least according to that Grimm Reefer post.

Gomojoe
04-14-2009, 11:43 PM
LDogg

I am curious as to how you setup your lunar lights. That's the only thing I miss from my previous light fixture and would like to find a way to get them back onto my Nova Extreme Pro. Thanks.

-David

LDogg
04-14-2009, 11:56 PM
I have a Reef Keeper Elite, with 2 MLC Lunar Controllers. I mounted 10 Lunar pods to the fixture, and it's freaking great. I will have to take some pics of it completed.

LDogg
04-14-2009, 11:59 PM
basically I drilled 2 holes per pod into the track that the feet slide into. then I used sheet metal screws to attach the pod.


these are what the pods look like. they are perfect in size for this implementation.

http://www.digitalaquatics.com/images/product/30-0019-XXX_300x225.jpg