It's easier to deal with the 20Ks... less algae growth and a more comfortable PAR for the corals IMO. They will probably grow a bit faster under 14Ks though. The 14K will grow them faster in my tank, and the punch is stronger for the colonies at the bottom of the tank. The protective pigments are a bit more defined under 14Ks. The greens come out really nice!!!!! Yellow pigmentation is very strong under the 14Ks and only great under 20Ks. Reds do better under the 20Ks.My tank performed far better under 20,000k bulbs despite not liking the visible spectrum as much. While it’s not as blue as most people run their t5 or led tanks, it was still a little blue for my taste.
I think despite the 14k looking so much better to me...the 500-1000 par everything was receiving was stunting growth. My guess anyway
Be patient. The main problem right now is that many people are going back to halides and they are out of stock. I called Hamilton this morning and they said the problem is with the COVID situation. Try to call ReefBrite and talk to Tullio. He might have another way to send you the goodies.Reef brite pendant SE is out of stock in premium aquatics. i sent them an email when its going to be back
! I also noticed that any results will take a while to fully develop and show, and the adaptation needs to follow it's protocols.
I've seen some "bad" cheap Chinese DE fixtures in the past that you wouldn't like to even touch them so poorly made they looked, but those guys would still work great in any reef anytime, cause the principals of halides are still the essence of what those projected results will be no matter what!2x250w Phoenix in the crappiest 10 year old pendants around.
I don't know what came first bimini sun from Hamilton or these fishneedit.com lights but it's terrible spread and par. Great thing about a 250w Phoenix is its good enough you can run it poorly and still be ahead of most.
Keep us posted!! Yes, lots of people going back to halides, including public aquariums. Quality speaks louder. That is a great sign!Yeah im just waiting for them to arrive. No Shipping Tracking yet thou. I feel like there's more post about going back to metal halide recently
Agreed on all counts. Mine started life as $90 pendants and that included bulb and ballast back in '07. Then I replaced the ballasts and bulbs with lumatek and phoenix. Quality bulbs and ballasts made an amazing difference. Sooner or later I'll do better pendants on this new setup since I have a canopy, I loved the form factor of the cheapies without a canopy though.That's why best thing is to get good quality gear since the beginning.
Better quality is most likely safer too, specially with halides.
Not to mention warranty and customer service.
I know... it's good to look at those tiny, but still powerful "little creatures" over the tank. LOL! I can assure to you that when you put some "monster reflectors" you will see the explosion of rays hitting everythig and the live starting to take over the tank even more. The reflectors do make a huge difference. Uniformity and spread work together balancing the power emited as a whole. That's why I like those fixtures with better spread. It's a huge advantage in quality of light. I'm glad you've got those lumatek! Great ballasts.Agreed on all counts. Mine started life as $90 pendants and that included bulb and ballast back in '07. Then I replaced the ballasts and bulbs with lumatek and phoenix. Quality bulbs and ballasts made an amazing difference. Sooner or later I'll do better pendants on this new setup since I have a canopy, I loved the form factor of the cheapies without a canopy though.