Which ATI Bulb Combination Should I Choose?

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  1. BigJohnny

    BigJohnny Valuable Member

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    You missed this at the bottom:

    "For aquariums with a lot of LPS corals, a True Actinic bulb can be used in place of Purple Plus to provide enhanced pop in coral color."
     

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    I seen that but with the combos quoted, well, with all the blue bulbs being primary in that list they are lacking the red spectrum. The coral plus and aqua blue specials have a touch of red, but even at that, those two bulbs aren't listed as primary.

    From a strictly coral health prospective I'd think coral plus or aquablue special for full spectrum, heavy on blue plus for "us", but one attinic, and one purple to have a full spectrum range.
     
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    In my case I use 3B+, 1C+, 1 P+ and a True Actinic. Love that setup. I also have Tech Reefbrites.
     
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    ATI North America Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    There used to be an * offering the option to swap a Blue Plus with a True Actinic if you like. Many people are under the impression it is not as powerful because our eyes cannot see a lot of the spectrum. I personally highly recommend at least 1, but it would also depend on how many bulbs you have in your fixture. In a 4 bulb I probably wouldn't use one myself, but certainly on a 6 and 8 bulb fixture I would.
     
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    That’s interesting. There’s a quote from someone at ati going around from a few years ago saying that the blue plus has plenty of actinic and is almost always a better choice!
     
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    Great thread! thank you for all the info! Question: 4 bulb fixture or 8 bulb? The 8 bulb obviously provides you with more options for bulb choices but is it worth the price difference for the bulbs and fixture? To be specific I am talking about the ATI T5/ Led combo. This is for a large tank so would need 2 of the 48 inch fixtures but trying to decide between the 4 or 8 bulb 48 inch setup. Any insight would be much appreciated! Cheers.
     
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    this may not be the place for this but what effects does the 16K-20K have on sps like compared to 10K-14K?
     
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    Awesome thread guys.
    Question/thoughts. It’s time for me to re-up on my bulbs. I have a hybrid set up I’m running successfully. Two AI Primes with a 2 bulb retro fit t5s. I have been running 2 ATI blue + for the past 10 months with some good success. I was looking to get more pop out of my corals. I have an array or SPS,LPS and softies. What recommendations are out there? So I go with a Blue+ and actinic or a Blue+/Purple. Interested to know.
     
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    If you’re not getting “pop” (I hate that term) from blue+ and hydras you need to be looking at other issues.
     
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    What are the dimensions of your tank?
     
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    2 blue plus as far as t5s are best for pop. An actinic gives nice fluorescence from the corals but it's a dim bulb to our eyes.

    If you want more pop, turn up the blue/violet leds on your hydras. Make sure you don't fry your corals though. Also you can only make colors that are there in the first place pop ; )
     
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    8 feet long x 3 feet deep x 2 feet tall
     
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    Definitely the 8 bulb
     
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    Ok great I’ve heard that from a few people now, must be true!

    Cheers
     
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    8 bulb for sure. 36" deep needs it
     
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    This was Oliver from ATI, from a few years back. The sentiment was that the actinic May add a bit more pop/florescence, the blue has plenty of spectrum and punch(PAR) to provide the best of both worlds.

    @ATI North America thoughts?
     
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    I just ordered a true actinic to replace my purple plus in my 4 bulb fixture. Right now i run 3 blues and 1 purple. I feel the purple is overpowering. I want a deeper blue look. Hopefully this does the trick.
     
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    I personally run a True Actinic just to add a little pop during the sunrise/set but I think it is a personal preference and not needed.
     
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    Agree. My 8 bulb below.

    5 x blue plus
    1 x coral
    1 x purple
    1 x actinic
     
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    It just goes to show how important individual preferences are. People frequently ask "what is the best combination"? That's like me asking what the best color in the rainbow is :)

    I prefer a natural white look like the first 20 feet of diving, not the 80 foot level blue, so I use:
    3 Blue Plus
    2 Aquablue Special
    1 Purple Plus
    1 Coral Plus
    1 True Actinic
     
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