D-D Giesemann x6 bulb setup...

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  1. CBRrider

    CBRrider Plankton

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    Hi there,

    I am currently running an Aqua Reef 300, which I have been running for the past year and a half. For those who dont know the setup, it comes with x4 T5's as standard (×2 white and ×2 blue). I have put an additional x2 T5 Arcadia Actinics (on advise from the LFS) onto the system, on a seperate timed circuit. Following this advice, I have struggled to achieve good coral growth. On reading many of the threads online, I feel that my lighting may not be up to PAR (excuse the pun!).

    I have decided I want to go for the D-D Giesemann T5 HO bulbs throughout and have been advised by the LFS to have the following setup:

    ×4 D-D powerchrome actinic +
    ×2 D-D powerchrome pure actinic

    Looking at the threads, I feel that this will be far to blue and will subsequently overpower any other colours. Yes I am aware the sea is naturally blue, but I want to show off the other colours of any future coral additions. I am looking for a natural light look, with a nice blue accent.

    Please can someone advise me on the best x6 bulb setup from the D-D range and also which order would be best, front to back? Note: the third and sixth bulb from the front can be on a seperate time circuit, or obviously I can have all x6 bulbs on at once!

    Thank you very much for any assistance!
     
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  3. CBSurfrider

    CBSurfrider Millepora

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    I have an 8 bulb fixture so not too sure if this will help. Recommended set up is as follows 1-8. #8 being the bulb closest to front of tank. All ATI bulbs
    1.Blue plus (back)
    2.Blue plus
    3.Coral plus or Aqua blue
    4.Purple plus
    5.Blue Plus
    6.Coral plus
    7.Blue plus
    8.Blue plus (front)
     
  4. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

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    Try and get a full spectum from white to pure actinic. Your names are to similar chris. Lol.
     
  5. CBSurfrider

    CBSurfrider Millepora

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    I know I just realized this!