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Old 12/19/2017, 08:42 AM   #6601
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Thanks Bpb. How should I alternate the remaining blue+ and coral+ to even things out? How does this look front to back?

a) blue+ b) purple+ c) coral+ d) blue+ e) coral+ f) blue+


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Old 12/19/2017, 09:01 AM   #6602
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Blue+ and purple+ on B/D channel is a very nice look


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Old 12/21/2017, 08:53 AM   #6603
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Thanks Bpb. How should I alternate the remaining blue+ and coral+ to even things out? How does this look front to back?

a) blue+ b) purple+ c) coral+ d) blue+ e) coral+ f) blue+
any other thoughts on bulb placement? Does this look ok?


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Old 12/22/2017, 12:49 PM   #6604
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What is the consensus on changing out T5 bulbs? Every 6 months? 9 months? 12 months?
I use them to supplement/round out the spectrum to my LED fixtures.


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Old 12/25/2017, 10:08 AM   #6605
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What is the consensus on changing out T5 bulbs? Every 6 months? 9 months? 12 months?
I use them to supplement/round out the spectrum to my LED fixtures.
Depends, actively cooled or not, how many hours a day,. Enclosed or retrofit, what ballasts (program or instant start).... You get the idea.

But yeah, you have the range about right. You are not going to get more than 12-15 months out of them ( maybe an extreme of 18 months if in a properly cooled fixture running just a couple hours a day). In bad conditions you can have to replace them in 6-9 months.

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Old 12/26/2017, 09:16 AM   #6606
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Depends, actively cooled or not, how many hours a day,. Enclosed or retrofit, what ballasts (program or instant start).... You get the idea.

But yeah, you have the range about right. You are not going to get more than 12-15 months out of them ( maybe an extreme of 18 months if in a properly cooled fixture running just a couple hours a day). In bad conditions you can have to replace them in 6-9 months.

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I have 2 80 watt T-5's on both sides of my LED fixtures (total of 4). They are the LET retro-fit kit in an open fish room. I changed the tubes in March of 2017 and was not sure if I should change them now or at 12 months. See the pic below for a better idea of the layout. I probably run the actinics 9 hours a day and the full spectrum bulbs around 7 hours.
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Old 12/26/2017, 11:04 AM   #6607
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I have 2 80 watt T-5's on both sides of my LED fixtures (total of 4). They are the LET retro-fit kit in an open fish room. I changed the tubes in March of 2017 and was not sure if I should change them now or at 12 months. See the pic below for a better idea of the layout. I probably run the actinics 9 hours a day and the full spectrum bulbs around 7 hours.
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I do not see any reason you can not go a full year on that. (Good ballasts and while it is not optimally cooled it will also not overheat)


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Old 12/27/2017, 08:02 AM   #6608
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Just added two T5HO retrofit fixtures. One on each side of two Viparspectra black boxes over my 90g mixed reef. What bulb suggestions do you guys have for the front and rear? I'm looking for a more even look with enhanced coral coloration and depth.


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Old 01/17/2018, 07:14 AM   #6609
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Upgrading my my 60 cube to a 60X18X18 and switching from Kessils to an 8 bulb ATI fixture.

Tank is SPS dominant and looking for advice on bulb combos.


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Old 01/17/2018, 09:09 AM   #6610
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The great part about T5HO is that if you use any combination of reputable bulbs with blue and full spectrum your results will be negligible in difference. The differences will be largely aesthetic.

My 8 bulb combo is
4 ATI Blue+
2 ATI True Actinic
2 Giesemann Tropic 6500k

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Old 01/17/2018, 09:28 AM   #6611
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(to add some more options to Bpb's post)

Depends on the look you want, see here for some suggested combos. https://www.atinorthamerica.com/faq.php You will have plenty of power with an 8 bulb over an 18X18 so personally I would swap 2 of the blue for actinic bulbs to put on dawn and dusk channel. I think blue plus alone is ugly but that is personal opinion.


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Old 01/17/2018, 09:38 AM   #6612
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The T5 Q&a Thread - split

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Depends on the look you want, see here for some suggested combos. https://www.atinorthamerica.com/faq.php You will have plenty of power with an 8 bulb over an 18X18 so personally I would swap 2 of the blue for actinic bulbs to put on dawn and dusk channel. I think blue plus alone is ugly but that is personal opinion.


Agreed. Blue+ alone has a turquoise look to it. Like looking at the clear summer sky but with about 2% green added to it. Not the best for dawn/dusk. If you can manage some royal
Blue LEDs alone honestly thatís the best thing for pure fluorescence alone. I wish I had the space in my canopy for some. But my tank is also 18Ē and the ati fixture takes up every inch. Itís flush with the tank as far as footprint goes. Just elevated 12Ē up.

I actually have my two white bulbs on the 2 bulb channel people normally use for their dawn dusk blues. My morning and night Blue period actually uses the big 6 bulb channel, and the two whites come on for 8 hours in the middle

I didnít do this specifically to have a brighter dawn dusk, but instead to have more uniform spectral coverage from the whites rather than being dominated front, back, or ends

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Old 01/17/2018, 09:46 AM   #6613
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Depends on the look you want, see here for some suggested combos. https://www.atinorthamerica.com/faq.php You will have plenty of power with an 8 bulb over an 18X18 so personally I would swap 2 of the blue for actinic bulbs to put on dawn and dusk channel. I think blue plus alone is ugly but that is personal opinion.
Thanks for the link!

Got some research to do. Hoping to get an order placed today due to the reward points at BRS.


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Old 01/17/2018, 09:49 AM   #6614
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Agreed. Blue+ alone has a turquoise look to it. Like looking at the clear summer sky but with about 2% green added to it. Not the best for dawn/dusk. If you can manage some royal
Blue LEDs alone honestly thatís the best thing for pure fluorescence alone. I wish I had the space in my canopy for some. But my tank is also 18Ē and the ati fixture takes up every inch. Itís flush with the tank as far as footprint goes. Just elevated 12Ē up.

I actually have my two white bulbs on the 2 bulb channel people normally use for their dawn dusk blues. My morning and night Blue period actually uses the big 6 bulb channel, and the two whites come on for 8 hours in the middle

I didnít do this specifically to have a brighter dawn dusk, but instead to have more uniform spectral coverage from the whites rather than being dominated front, back, or ends

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Might incorporate a reefbrite down the road.

I used a ramping up / dawn to dusk with the 360W but as of right now no intentions of dawn to dusk.


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Old 02/04/2018, 12:36 AM   #6615
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Recently saw on FB some stunning pics with 6 B+ & 2 AB special
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Old 02/04/2018, 12:38 AM   #6616
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I am adding SBreef actinics to my 8 bulb ATIs for the pop. Any one done that here?


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Old 02/05/2018, 06:20 PM   #6617
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I have 2 80 watt T-5's on both sides of my LED fixtures (total of 4). They are the LET retro-fit kit in an open fish room. I changed the tubes in March of 2017 and was not sure if I should change them now or at 12 months. See the pic below for a better idea of the layout. I probably run the actinics 9 hours a day and the full spectrum bulbs around 7 hours.
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Old 02/05/2018, 06:30 PM   #6618
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Recently changed my LED fixtures from 3 x 180 watt Reeftech to 2 x Photon 32" V2's....while retaining the 4 x 80 watt T5' surrounding the LEDs.


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Old 02/09/2018, 11:18 AM   #6619
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Upgrading my my 60 cube to a 60X18X18 and switching from Kessils to an 8 bulb ATI fixture.

Tank is SPS dominant and looking for advice on bulb combos.
I'm looking to make the same switch. Running 6 Kessil's now and looking to add an 8 bulb ATI fixture.

Should I just get rid of the 6 kessils or keep them and add the 8 bulb ATI?


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Old 02/12/2018, 10:19 PM   #6620
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I'm going with an ATI sunpower on my new 5x2x2, is it worth it to get the 60" fixture or is the 48 all that is needed? It will be SPS dominant so I want a lot of light. Will be going 8 bulb either way and possibly supplementing with kessils or reefbrites. Also any bulb combos for good color and growth with a 14k look would be appreciated, thinking of going with 4x B+, 2x C+, 1 Fiji purple, and 1 actinic, not completely sure I understand the bulb placement though.


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Old 02/13/2018, 06:53 AM   #6621
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I'm going with an ATI sunpower on my new 5x2x2, is it worth it to get the 60" fixture or is the 48 all that is needed? It will be SPS dominant so I want a lot of light. Will be going 8 bulb either way and possibly supplementing with kessils or reefbrites. Also any bulb combos for good color and growth with a 14k look would be appreciated, thinking of going with 4x B+, 2x C+, 1 Fiji purple, and 1 actinic, not completely sure I understand the bulb placement though.

Personally I would go 60" with Sps because you want to light all sides of the coral unless you do not plan on going to the edges. Really depends on Aquascaping and coral placement.


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I'm going with an ATI sunpower on my new 5x2x2, is it worth it to get the 60" fixture or is the 48 all that is needed? It will be SPS dominant so I want a lot of light. Will be going 8 bulb either way and possibly supplementing with kessils or reefbrites. Also any bulb combos for good color and growth with a 14k look would be appreciated, thinking of going with 4x B+, 2x C+, 1 Fiji purple, and 1 actinic, not completely sure I understand the bulb placement though.
Keep the purple near the front to better highlight the whole tank, 3rd or 4th slot. If you use only one Actinic I would put it in slot 2 but I would put one in 2 and 7 personally (replacing a blue) especially with LED supplementation. For the coral and blue play around to make it how you want, the placement will change how you perceive the tank's overall color.

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Personally I would go 60" with Sps because you want to light all sides of the coral unless you do not plan on going to the edges. Really depends on Aquascaping and coral placement.
IF you want high light SPS wall to wall I would agree. Also depends on how much light spill you are willing to tolerate and if you can compromise with just keeping softies, LPS, and "easy" SPS like plating montipora on the side.


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Old 02/16/2018, 01:43 AM   #6623
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80w bulb recommendations

Ati 6x80w fixture

Been out of it a while, does this sound like the correct set-up? Probably softies

Thanks Grim

Aqua blue
blue plus
purple plus
blue plus
Aqua blue
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Ati 6x80w fixture

Been out of it a while, does this sound like the correct set-up? Probably softies

Thanks Grim

Aqua blue
blue plus
purple plus
blue plus
Aqua blue
blue plus
Unfortunately he does not post here any more.

The only thing I will suggest is that you look into the coral plus bulb. It is 50% blue+, 40% ABS, and 10% purple about the same par as a blue plus. You obviously like a whiter tank than most on here now days. I use them 50/50 with true actinic to avoid making the tank too blue cast.

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Old 03/09/2018, 05:51 AM   #6625
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Need some lighting advice

6í tank 24 deep and Iím running 2X250 radium 20kís. Iím suplamenting dusk and dawn with 3X36 watt PC CFLs. It actually grows coral pretty well but Iím looking to improve.

Background: I recently bought a 420NM LED strip. Itís not bright enough for the tank but I played around with it and it the corals pop insanely. My wife absolutly loves it. I think it looks like a rave or a black light fun house but happy wife happy life. Normally my wife is the breakmaster on tank spending but she likes the pop so much she got all schoolgirlish ďHow much does it cost? Can we get it?

Tank is a new SPS tank, running 6 months and itís really starting to settle down to the point where I have invested in some very nice frags and am in grow them out mode. I have a set of 10K par monster halide lamps that are bright as heck but almost yellow. I like them; wife hates them.

So I want to replace the CFLs with 2X T5HO. I have been considering but not limited to:

ATI true O3 (Iím old schools and thatís what we ran back in the day)

ATI Blue plus



The ideal lamp, in order of importance would:

Promote growth.

Provide my wifeís beloved 420nm pop.

Tame the 10k aqualine halides into more of a radium 10k color.

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