best t5 bulbs money can buy?

Discussion in 'T5 Aquarium Lighting' started by BluePhish, May 8, 2008.

  1. BluePhish

    BluePhish Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    just want to keep this simple. what are the best bulbs i can get for my nova extreme t5 ho 4x54 watt? i have about 10 corals mostly lps and a few leathers. some zoa, and stars. what would be the best color combination for my corals? i prefer the look of 460nm over 420nm if that helps, and my nova extreme lights say slim paq is that any thing different than regular t5 ho? and possibly a reliable site that i can purchase such bulbs?
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  3. Frizza

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    I love the ATI bulbs. 3 specials and an actinic would be good, or if you like a slightly more blue look then go for 2 specials, 1 blue plus and an actinic.
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    i was told uv bulbs were good and they did ok for about 9 months before wearing out.t5's are supposed to last longer.so i got GIESEMANN
    bulbs this time and so far i'm happy but its only been 3 months so i'll know in like 6 months if their better,as advertised i wish i could test them cause i think their brighter.i raised my light 2 inches higher off the tank and the corals seemed healthier.i have 2 54watt 11,oook t5's and 2 actinics over a 55 gallon tank and i think its to bright for a few of my corals.they expanded better after i raised the light.
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    URI out do them all if you ever saw them side by side , URI was the best thing to ever happen to T 5's
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    BluePhish Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    hey tangster what uri bulb configuration would you recommend for my setup?(color, k rating)
  7. BluePhish

    BluePhish Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    what temp.has more intensity 10k or 14k, what k do corals prefer?, if they do at all.meaning what color of the light spectrum do they use the most of? i just cant decide what temp to use and how many of which?
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    If you mix these bulbs in this combination you will have a very hot 11 to 14 K it's a great mix for coral's , coralline's and clam's . Thats what I do for a living is grow corals as fast and healthy as I can thats why we use M/H but we try other things and with T-5 that by the way I think suck to be blunt and VHO do a far better job the only redeeming quality about a T-5 is one can cram more bulbs into a given space.
    I really don't like them They are just a smaller bulb with higher pressure gas and that makes them glow a bit brighter to some . I myself would rather run VHO's But Since URI put these bulbs out then to me thats is all that makes a T 5 worth plugging in.. And I ran them side by side with other bulbs . Thats why we have many of the other bulbs still setting up on the racks . Last Nov I was told by our Rep. at Ultra Violet that they where or had a line of P/C bulbs coming out soon .

    With any Tube type fluorescent bulbs its all about the Phosphors and they quality of them and the earth metals and the amount of these that make one better then the other.. Its not so much about brightness.
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    BluePhish Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    so im def gonna go uri. ive heard that the uri 10000k put out more of a violet color compared to other companys 10000k.some people explained it as almost pink. is thier any truth to this?. whats your fav uri bulb setup to use.?
    mix which bulbs?
    thanks for your response!!
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    Are my eyes decieving???? or is Tangster promoting T5HO's???

    Just an FYI, URI is now UV...
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    I have used a lot of different t5 bulbs. Actually the ones that handle the best, don't blow as easy, and are very bright, I have clams sps lps and softies, are the petsmart hagen brand. I have the same fixture. I also have 2 24" smaller novas that I put on the front. I run:

    Actinic
    10k
    Actinic
    6700k
    actinic
    18k

    Its a nice configuration. My clams are doing great and my sps grow like crazy!!!
    I like the 18k it has a pinkish color and the 67k are right over my clams, they seem to like it. I have had moved the lights up too, can't really tell that much of a difference. They are very good fixtures, f#%@ what anyone else says that have not used them. T5HO are great the bulbs are cheap and last. They are intense and I have grown coral in every part of the tank.

    Have rearranged a little since this pic, but so you know I know what I am talking about. Those hagen bulbs are nice!!!

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    No I said if you have to use them and the only redeeming thing for them is the Bulbs that U/V started to make I mentioned that also But many are out there with URI stamped on them :) I still think t 5 are best lest in the box on a shelf.. :) And to mention Ultra Violet Inst. to someone they go huuuh ? ;)
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    Their Actinic white is a blueish white and its nowhere as cool of a K as a many so called 10 K they are a true 10K most to me are so cool on K that 10's look like 6500 or so .
    As for the mix one x one 1 super atcinic = 1 actinic white 2 super actincs - 2 actinic whites or a 50/50 of them each..
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    thanks allot i think ill do a 50/50 of actinic white and super actinic. i think it might look too purple with all that 420 nm . would it be ok to do 2 actinic whites12k+1 super actinic460nm+ one of the new 14k. actully also ahve a 130 watt pc hood along with the t5s, that run a 10k and 420nm. thanks for your help. sorry for being a pain, im very picky when it come to my tank, i stand in front of the tanks at the store for like an hour inspecting all the corals untill i finally get one.i cant help it.
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    Go 50/50 URI 420 in a true 03 not that grape jelly purple all the other's look like Like I said many times in many different lights all K and Nm ratings are not the same it depends on the quality and amount of rare earth phosphors and heavy metals used in the making of the bulbs . Ever seena Tanning bed ? Thats the true blue color not that purple bluish look Like I told another here before I sent him his new Bulbs NOT URI but another Brand that offers a great P/C actinic 420 Nm These bulbs have a 100% blue spectrum with a peak output around 420 nm.

    Its your tank and you have to look at it But again here is what I'd do and what mix I have ran for yrs and yrs and I have yet to have anyone not find them as a great combonation for total lighting of their reef I'd myself would Go 50/50 mix of the 03 Super actinicand the actinic white I call them 50/50's and you'll see what you and your corals have been missing..

    Next time you change out the P/C let me know I'll show what works better. Fella Here Miller Time just mad the change to a true 03 at 420 nm. He is very happy .. There is a lot to know about lighting as I said all brands are not created equal URI UVI are the state of the art they make the bulbs for all speacial applications from Operating rooms to dentist chairs to flowers and fish culturing systems.
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    hey i really appreciate the help...im def going to get 50/50 mix of super act.+actinic white. i trust your judgement over mine. proly order them within the next 2 days. i am also going to replace my actinic pc bulb 65 watt strait 4 pin. what was that pc bulb you spoke of. you said you sent him a bulb, do you own a shop which you can ship bulbs, or was it just a fav for millertime. if you do let me know i can throw some buissness your way. i thought i understood lighting some what,but never even thought about the quality of phospors and metals within the bulb . thats why i love this hobby always learning new things. i cant wait to plug these uv lights in,u got me pumped.
    p.s.i just looked on the uv website and they now make pc bulbs with 180 degree internal reflector, that internal reflector sounds pretty nice.
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