Which ATI Bulb Combination Should I Choose?

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  1. ali.farzinrad

    ali.farzinrad Active Member

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    I know, but some are more important than others, like lights, KH, Ca, Mg and ...
    Other parameters are good except lights and I will change it too.
    Any suggestions???
     
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  2. Fattytuna

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    i run 10 bulb 80w over a standard 180 gallon

    1. blue
    2. purple
    3. actinic
    4. blue
    5. purple
    6. actinic
    Three kessil 150 blue led supplement
    7. blue
    8. aquablade sp
    9. purple
    10. blue
     
  3. ATI North America

    ATI North America Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    All sounds good!
     
  4. ali.farzinrad

    ali.farzinrad Active Member

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    I bought 3 blue plus, 2 coral plus and one purple plus, 3 ELT ballast, a 47" (117 cm) heat sink, enough wires, tow 220V cooling fans,
    Do I need anything else?
    And someone told me that I might need to change one blue plus with purple or actinic Light, what do think?
     
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    ATI North America Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    Any combination is fine, its more about what color you like.
     
  6. ali.farzinrad

    ali.farzinrad Active Member

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    I prefer natural light to blue one but for building a good case for my bulbs, do I need anything else?
     
  7. slicko

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    this is nice for the people that like pictures

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    Blue+
    Purple+
    Blue+
    Purple+
    Blue+
    Purple+
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  9. Mr E Wrasse

    Mr E Wrasse Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    ive got an 8 bulb dimmable and run 3 blue plus, 2 coral plus, 1 purple and 2 actinics on channel 1... the 2 actinics are great for dusk/dawn
     
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  10. ReefJunky

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    I tried LEDs and they did ok, but I wanted to switch over to T5 lighting so I bought an ATI 8x54watt dimmable fixture. My preference is for a more sky blue to blue color for the look of a reef at a medium water depth. One day while standing at the LFS counter I started looking through the freebie pamphlets. I came across an article in "REEF Hobbyist magazine" (third quarter 2015, volume 9) where the author, Darrell Wakashige, talked about his T5 lighting for acanthastea. I figured I'd take his advice and give it a try. I did alter the intensity and times a bit to compensate for his using an 8x39watt fixture and I'm using an 8x54watt fixture. My fixture is about 12" to 14" above the water. I haven't had the new lighting for too long so we'll see how it goes. I'll alter the light intensity according to how the corals react and let them tell me what they like or don't like.

    My program is:
    Channel 1 - 8am to 11 am (10% up to 72%)
    Channel 2 - 11am to 1pm (24% up to 45%)
    Channel 2 - 1pm to 3pm (45%)
    Channel 2 - 3pm to 5pm (45% down to 24%)
    Channel 1 - 5pm to 9pm (72% down to 10%)

    My ATI bulbs are:
    (Front)
    Blue+ channel 2
    Blue+ channel 2
    Blue+ channel 1
    Purple+ channel 2
    Actinic channel 2
    Actinic channel 1
    Blue+ channel 2
    Blue+ channel 2
    (Back)
     
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  11. B-ridge

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    Maybe you guys can lend some support/assistance to me. I'm looking for color combination for my ATI 60 inch 8x80. Mainly lps. Some sps. Softies. Leathers.
    Which colors would you guys suggest? And in what order?
     
  12. DeniseAndy

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    I only have 4 bulb combination and 2 different 2 bulb. So, not sure it would help a ton, but on my lps tank I had 3 true blue and one coral white and the corals were bleaching a bit. I added another coral white and removed one blue plus and now the corals are coloring up nicely. I have scoly, acanthestrea, cynaria, acan, favias. On my tank with euphyllias (hammer, frogspawn and torch) I use 1 blue plus and coral plus. No issues. On my rock nem, zoa tank I use 2 blue plus. So far no issues.

    Hope it helps a bit.
     
  13. dromonk

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    Hi need help choosing bulbs i have a 80 gallon shallow tank 48x24x18 lighys are 16in off tank im running 4 36in t5s and 2 radion gen3s tank is mainly lps received_10208165545322562.jpeg received_10208165545322562.jpeg received_10208224011624183.jpeg
     
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    I am also using Kessil 360we, 2 of them over a 120 4' tank. I am not happy with the shadowing and am also looking to add a 2 bulb retrofit t5. How did this work out for you? What spectrum bulbs did u find complemented the Kessils the best?
     
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    Im using 2 b+ 1 kz super blue and on kz super purple i believe baught so many bulbs to try lol
     
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    do you have a picture with this combo of lights on?
     
  17. rockskimmerflow

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    I have quite a few but to base your decision off the color in a photo would not be advisable. You really won't get much from it because if I tweaked the white balance or contrast at all the overall effect of the light would seem totally different despite the corals still looking fluorescent. I'd just be selling you on the combo through the look of the corals rather than offering any insight into what the bulb combo actually looks like in person. The actinic component and the way it affects the glow of the tank just can't be captured on most camera sensors very easily either, especially not cheaper ones or cell phone cameras. Your best bet if you're going T5 is to buy a few extra bulbs of different types and play with the options until you find one that you like. I assure you that using a basis of blue plus bulbs and filling with aquablue, coral plus, purple plus, or actinic will absolutely grow coral regardless of the look. Just try a few configurations and see what looks best to your eye. Good luck to you if you're debating a T5 system combo. You can't go wrong with a nice T5 unit for plug and play coral success
     
  18. Johncarey13

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    i sent you a pm
     
  19. BigJohnny

    BigJohnny Valuable Member

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    I run 6 bulb ati sunpower

    BACK
    Blue Plus
    True Actinic
    Blue Plus
    Blue Plus
    True Actinic
    Blue Plus
    FRONT

    With 2 Kessil a350w (blue 50%, white 25%)
    And a 21ledusa ultra actinic reef bar pro for sunset.
     
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    Just curious as to why there isn't an actinic bulb added to any of the suggestions to make a broader spectrum?
     
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