actinic lights
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Saltwater Fish and Coral Reef Tanks » Beginner Saltwater Aquariums » actinic lights

actinic lights

This is a discussion on actinic lights within the Beginner Saltwater Aquariums forums, part of the Saltwater Fish and Coral Reef Tanks category; --> I just bought a light system with 4 T5 HOs. It has 2 actinic bulbs and 2 10000k daylight bulbs. the lights are wired ...

Check out these saltwater fish profiles
Yellow Tail Damsel
Yellow Tail Damsel
Fire Goby
Fire Goby
Reply
Old 11-12-2011, 01:18 AM   #1
 
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

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?
futbalstud42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2011, 10:42 AM   #2
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by futbalstud42 View Post
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.
Reefing Madness is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2011, 03:53 PM   #3
 
gmate's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by futbalstud42 View Post
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?
36" 3ft T5 Aquarium Light Hood Marine Reef Coral Cichlid 156W LED Legs Fan Timer | eBay

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.
gmate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2011, 03:47 PM   #4
 
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.
futbalstud42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Actinic VS. Dual Actinic HardCory Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 8 02-21-2010 12:50 PM
Florescent, Halide, Actinic, Greek ERDoclovesfish Saltwater Aquarium Equipment 2 02-10-2009 07:01 AM
Actinic Blue Question steelerfan Beginner Planted Aquarium 5 04-23-2008 08:23 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:46 AM.