Best Kelvin

Discussion in 'LED Aquarium Lighting' started by cody3819, Dec 19, 2015.

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  1. cody3819

    cody3819 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    What is the best Kelvin for all around growth with a mixed reef?
     
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    Piano10 Aiptasia Anemone

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    For LED lighting you want 3 watt leds 10,000k or higher.

    What size of tank is the lighring for?

    AI Prime lights are highly recommended for full spectrum lighting
     
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    Op already has the prime. Cody, don't set it to 10k. For growth and color I'd shoot for 18-20k. I'm sure there are people on here with the prime that can better help you. I'm running a halide/T5 setup with 20k halides and blue plus/actinic tubes. Running your prime at 10k will give you more algae than anything
     
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    cody3819 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    Yes I do need help with this thing... lol. It just does so much, and I'm still somewhat new to the hobby. My prime will put out 20k should I ramp it up to 20k or just run it for 8 hours at 20k?
     
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    cody3819 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    I have the prime and love it. And it runs at 12k right now.... but I want growth and I'm very new leds. But yes I highly recommend the prime, and it over a biocube 29.
     
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    cody3819 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    I just set my spectrum at 20k 4 hour ramp up to 65% then a 4 hour ramp down...
     
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    You'll find the right balance of spectrum and intensity over time. You'll see what your corals respond too. Personally, I prefer color over fast growth. I think the corals look better under 18-20k. Once you get that prime dialed in you'll be growing and coloring up coral in no time!
     
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    cody3819 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    Thanks for all the help. You have taught me a bunch over the past few weeks. And you are right I'm trying to dial it in... it just does alot. I'll get it.
     
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    cody3819 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    Oh DSC, I have a Monti frag, will 20k be enough lighting for a spa coral?
     
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    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    If you want optimum growth and color 10k is ideal.The bluer(higher kelvin) the spectrum the more color you will get but less growth. Think of the corals coloration as a sort of sunscreen.Running higher kelvin means more uv so the corals produce more pigment to shield themselves.:)
     
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