More of a question than a comment... I have an IM 30L with ReefBreeder 24v2+ at 18" off the water, mostly LPS. I am currently running all blues at 35%, Red and Green at 3% and no white. My corals seem to be happy and are growing. Am I hindering growth by not running white? Thoughts?
Gotcha... Nice coral, thank you!From the pictures you took it looks like all LPS and softies those are fine with all blue at 35% but I don’t think SPS will color up at that intensity. Not everyone runs whites and their corals still grow. I run my reefbreeders at max 60 on blue channels and 40% white max. I run the whites because I can see some colors on the SPS better than with just all blue. I run red and green at 3%
This sounds like the window tint craze of the late 90s early oughts.I'm no expert at lighting so I can't offer an opinion as to growth.
However I have noticed that there are advantages to both white and blue lighting. White lighting looks more natural and highlights the fish better. And blue makes the color pop more, but it washes out the fish's colors and it looks really unnatural. The best way to get the advantages of both is to go heavy on the blues and wear orange lenses to filter the light and make it look more natural.
The trouble is, when I look at my tank I don't want to have to put on special glasses that make the tank pop but everything else look weirdly orange.
So to the manufacturers and entrepreneurs out there, why don't you make plastic films that we can stick to the glass over our tanks and cover the whole thing in a light filter. That way we can have a natural looking light with the advantage of the corals popping.