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post #1 of 4 Old 06-28-2012, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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Advice on my new 90 gallon light

I just bought a 90 gallon tank and and a 40 gallon tank for a great deal and it also came with this awesome light. The light from what i can tell is not a mainstream one and i think the bulbs are pretty difficult to find, i'm having some trouble finding them online and i highly doubt that the local pet stores have bulbs for it.

It is a "Current" brand light and it has four dual bulb slots for the lights, it was previously used for a saltwater reef tank and it had two actinic lights on the back half and two midday lights in the front. The one actinic light is completely burnt out, and half of the other actinic light is burnt out. But now to get to my question, would i be a good idea to get another two actinic lights to replace the two burnt out ones? It's going to be an African cichlid tank with little to no plants and i really like the way the blue light looks.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-28-2012, 01:03 AM
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If plants aren't a priority I'd avoid bulbs. You can have "blue" lighting with neons and you won't have to deal with the heat bulbs emit.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-28-2012, 10:10 AM
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Actinic bulb's are probably T5 bulb's and 10,000 K (should say on bulb) would produce the blue hue you desire.
Not particularly helpful on their own with regards to plant's, but in combination with 6000 to 8000 K full spectrum bulbs ,I have seen nice planted tank's with this combination.
T5 bulbs often throw medium to high light over tank's and can induce algae and lot's of it, if left on for too many hours.
Fish could care less whether the tank is lit or not.It's all for our viewing pleasure.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-28-2012, 01:58 PM
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Would it be possible to run the light with only the two midday bulbs ? If they are T5HO and around 6500k it would be perfect lightning for a low-tech planted tank. If you go with 4 bulbs it might be possible that you will need additional CO2, plus the fish will be more stressed by the very bright light.

Do you have any idea of the type of bulbs, their lenght and the wattage ?
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