Which ATI Bulb Combination Should I Choose?

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  1. skiergd011013

    skiergd011013 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. But, my combo of 3 blue plus and 1 actinic will provide enough light for coral and coralline?
     

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    ATI North America Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    Absolutely! That was my point, you can have many different tastes and preference and still loads of success.
     
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    Do the actinic bulbs shift spectrum / degrade faster than the others?
     
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    ATI North America Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    I have heard that as rumor, but I have never seen proof of it.
     
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    I'm very interested in this combo... How about a picture of the tank??
     
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    Great looking tank!!!
     
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    I am running a 6x54 sunpower with 4 blue+ and 2 True Actinic, paired with 2 Reefbrite Lumilite Actinic 48" LED bars over top of my 90 gallon DT and i love the look and growth i am getting with this lighting setup.

    Anyone running solely T5s may want to look into some Reefbrites. They are the perfect combo IMO

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    Quick question... I have a shallow (16") lps/softie tank and about to get a 4 bulb fixture. Could I set the fixture on the tank (w/ legs) or would it be better raised up higher?
     
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    you could do it either way. Every t5 fixture ive had has been tank-mounted, zero problems. keep in mind that t5 light has a big spread. If that light is suspended over your tank, and theres no canopy etc, its going to be blinding looking at your tank from anywhere in the room. This is a problem even with tank mounted t5 lights. I was being blinded when looking at my tank. I solved the problem by hanging a piece of black vinyl window screen from the front of my fixture, down to the rim of the tank.
     
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    ATI North America Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Gold Sponsor

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    Most people run T5 lighting 8-10" above their tank so legs typically are not used. Our fixtures do not have legs available.


    I personally do not agree. I have my LED Powermodule mounted about 10" above my tank and it is very comfortable to stand or sit in front of the tank and view it. Our kitchen table is just in front of the tank and we all sit and eat dinner including children and no one has ever complained about being blinded.

    Perhaps whatever brand fixture you were using had reflectors that sent the light in all directions, our reflectors send light down which is a huge factor in why we offer 40% more output for the same wattage compared to other T5 setups.
     
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    skiergd011013 Well-Known Member

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    the fixture is a wavepoint. The reflectors are individually contoured around each bulb. I do have an ati fixture in route right now, for our reef at work. So i'll get to see this soon.
     
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    Let me know how they compare!
     
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    Thanks for the response! Right now I'm just trying out t5s to see if I and my corals like them. I currently use 2 black box leds. Im going to be using a coralife 4 bulb fixture a friend is selling me cheap. If I like the t5s I'll most likely invest in a ati fixture later. I'll definitely be using ati bulbs now though
     
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    I'm starting to seriously ponder getting a 6x54W or 6x80W sunpower to replace my Reefbreeders Photon 48. While I love the photon 48, I am not getting much growth from it.

    The bulb combination I have in mind is: 3 Blue Plus, 2 Actinic and 1 Coral Plus or 3 Blue Plus, 1 Actinic, 1 Purple Plus and 1 coral Plus

    thoughts? I like the look of a 16-18K tank, but I also want something that will promote growth, so I'm open to any combination opinions.
     
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    The Actinic bulb is lower in PAR than the other bulbs, so you should get a bit more PAR out of the 2nd combination of 3 Blue Plus, 1 Actinic, 1 Purple Plus and 1 coral Plus, but either combination should work well so it really comes down to what you like best. If you are still on the fence, I would buy 7 bulbs and play with the combination and see what you like best. Having an extra bulb laying around is also nice in the event one of your bulbs goes out prematurely.
     
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    I am also thinking about 4 blue Plus, 1 coral plus and ab special.
     
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    Also another solid option with likely a bit more PAR than the other 2 options.
     
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    So Glad I found this!!! The videos really helped me figure out what I want to try on my new 24" Aquatic Life Hybrid fixture with Kessil A360We.

    Gonna try..
    • 2 ATI Blue Plus
    • 1 ATI Purple Plus
    • True Actinic
    Anybody running anything similar to this combination???
     
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    Hello. I have a 48" hamilton mh/t5 fixture over my 55g that I'm going to be moving to my new 180g. I'd asked in a mh thread about an ATI bulb combo to compliment 2x 250w Hamilton 20k bulbs. A couple people recommended 4 ATI blue plus so I went ahead and bought 4 but now I'm wondering if that isn't going to be absurdly blue? What are your thoughts?
     
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