T5 hybrid for macroalgae and softies

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I'm going to order a 48" Aquatic Life T5 Hybrid for my 75g "natural reef." Plan is an assortment of macros and softies/gorgs, some LPS. Going to run two AI Primes for some blue. What would be a good T5 combo? I'm brand new to T5s. This is a 4-bulb fixture...definitely ATI Coral Plus. Should I add actinic? Is there a good brand of 6500k or 10000k T5 I can add?

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I been running a t5 only fixture for years. If you don't want or absolutely need the LEDs you can save 300-350 by just buying a t5 only fixture. I run all ati bulbs. 1 purple plus and 3 blue plus'
 
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I been running a t5 only fixture for years. If you don't want or absolutely need the LEDs you can save 300-350 by just buying a t5 only fixture. I run all ati bulbs. 1 purple plus and 3 blue plus'
I already have the Primes so I was wondering I should continue to use them...but in my experience, observing other tanks, T5s grow macros a bit better. I would like this to be a “whiter” spectrum while bringing out just a wee bit more color in the coral...but maybe adding the primes would be overkill for what I want to keep...?
 

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I already have the Primes so I was wondering I should continue to use them...but in my experience, observing other tanks, T5s grow macros a bit better. I would like this to be a “whiter” spectrum while bringing out just a wee bit more color in the coral...but maybe adding the primes would be overkill for what I want to keep...?
Idk about over kill, but not necessarily needed and might need to mount fixture higher. This is the 4 bulb combos ati recommends.
 

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