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Newbie lighting question
Old 02-04-2007, 09:13 AM   #1
 
Newbie lighting question

Hello,

I have bought a new Aquarium (Oceanic BioCube - http://www.oceanicsystems.com). But I have a question regarding the lighting.

The Aquarium is supposed to be for both Fresh water and salt water aquariums. I am creating a fresh water aquarium though and therefor my question about the two fluorescent lamps.

There is 1-24 watt 10,000K and one 1-24 watt True Actinic 03.
I really don't like what the 1-24 watt True Actinic 03 does to my aquarium, it's to bright and all the beautiful colors just wash out. Can I change this to another type of Fluorescent light? - or do the plants need something that is in that spectrum? - also is the 10,000K something special I need?

I am thinking about swapping out the True Actinic 03 for another 10,000K.
What are your suggestions for a planted aquarium to provide the best lighting.

Thanks!
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:33 AM   #2
 
hmm i think in a freshwater planted you wont need 10,000k lighting, i think you will need around 6,000k-7,500k lighting, you could change one of them to the 7,500k lighting and leave the other one for antic. IMO the lights you have now are fine ok for saltwater tanks but too powerfull for freshwater tanks.
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:37 AM   #3
 
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hmm i think in a freshwater planted you wont need 10,000k lighting, i think you will need around 6,000k-7,500k lighting, you could change one of them to the 7,500k lighting and leave the other one for antic. IMO the lights you have now are fine ok for saltwater tanks but too powerfull for freshwater tanks.
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:37 AM   #4
 
in my opinion
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Old 02-04-2007, 10:50 AM   #5
 
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http://www.aquariumguys.com/diy-aquarium-lighting.html


hope this helps :P
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Old 02-04-2007, 11:37 AM   #6
 
thank you for the replies

Yes I agree, I think the type of lamps are really more geared for a saltwater aquarium. In particular the True Actinic 03, allthough I read on the weblink in the post from unrulyevil that it helps with the photosynthesis.

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Actinic lights are available also. These lamps emit a UV spectrum of light (ie. 420nm, 460nm) that is beneficial to the process of photosynthesis. There is large debate in the aquarium community about which tank applications are best suited for the use of these bulbs. Visually they add a nice blue spectrum to the lighting in your tank and can bring out nice coloring in some situations. They are often seen paired with multiple white lamps over reef systems.
I am thinking about tuning it down a bit though, I still think the Actinic light is too bright and really flushes out the colors of the plants.

Perhaps I will go with a "Coralife "50/50"..........looks like it's a mix between two - and this might work?!?!?! (anyone experience with this lamp?)

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* Coralife "50/50" (50% 6000 K, 50% actinic 03 blue 7100 K) - I saw the spectrum of one that may have been in use for quite a while, but found no actinic blue content beyond that typical of a high-color-rendering-index fluorescent lamp of this color (approx. 6500 Kelvin). The spectrum had the 611 nm (orange-red) and weaker orange and red lines of triphosphor red, the 542 nm narrow band of triphosphor green, and a broad band in the green and blue (mostly 415 to 540 nm) like that of an ordinary blue fluorescent lamp.
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Old 02-04-2007, 12:13 PM   #7
 
ive heard good things about coralife
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