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post #1 of 4 Old 11-12-2011, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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actinic lights

I just bought a light system with 4 T5 HOs. It has 2 actinic bulbs and 2 10000k daylight bulbs. the lights are wired in pairs. so I can turn on two at a time. So here are my questions

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what is the purpose of the actinic light?? what does it do differently that the daylights?


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should they be ran at the same time?
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-12-2011, 10:42 AM
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I just bought a light system with 4 T5 HOs. It has 2 actinic bulbs and 2 10000k daylight bulbs. the lights are wired in pairs. so I can turn on two at a time. So here are my questions

1
what is the purpose of the actinic light?? what does it do differently that the daylights?


2
should they be ran at the same time?
They are for coloration, they don't do anything. I don't even run them. With the right combination your corals show more color. That is what its used for, nothing else. If you run a good white light, you can run 4 white lights and keep higher lighting needs corals, and skip the actinics. I like 14k myself.
Most that have them run them one hour before white light and an hour after white light out, then moonlighting.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-13-2011, 03:53 PM
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I just bought a light system with 4 T5 HOs. It has 2 actinic bulbs and 2 10000k daylight bulbs. the lights are wired in pairs. so I can turn on two at a time. So here are my questions

1
what is the purpose of the actinic light?? what does it do differently that the daylights?


2
should they be ran at the same time?
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Is this what you purchased? I am considering this for my 40 breeder. Interesting suggestion on the 14k lights though, ReefingMadness. I'll look into those bulbs myself.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-14-2011, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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no that is not the same. it is similar though. I have only had mine for a few days so it is to early to tell.
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