Lighting - T8 or perhaps T6 and recommendations...

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by bugs, 22 Sep 2007.

  1. bugs

    bugs Member

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    I have the following 3 tubes currently, all due to be replaced at the beginning of October:
    Front: Hagen Sun-Glo (Full daylight/white)
    Middle: Hagen Aqua-Glo (general purpose IMO, despite the suggestion that it "promotes plant growth" (which of course it does - it is a light source)).
    Back: Zoo Med Flora Sun (Designed to promote plant growth).

    I'm toying with moving to T6's, however, no convinced that I need to. Therefore, sticking with the current T8's, what would people recommend?

    I'm thining:
    Front & MIddle: Arcadia Original Tropical (for plant growth)
    Back: Arcadia Freshwater: For illumination and colour balance.

    Thoughts and opinions?

    Cheers
     
  2. SuperColey1

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  3. bugs

    bugs Member

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    Definitely don't want a pink tank! Thanks for the tip-off.

    What are you currently using?
     
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  6. bugs

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    Well the plants certainly seem to be liking the Arcadia Freshwater tubes - pearling live never before! I haven't even changed the 3rd tube - it's still the old Aqua-Glo (at least until I settle on a suitable replacement).

    Thanks for the recommendations.
     
  7. 2pods

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    I use two Arcadia OT and two Acrcadia FW T8's over my Rio 400 on two ballasts.

    I messed about when fitting them and came to the conclusion that the best combination (for me) was :

    Ballast 1: 2 x OT (front)
    Ballast 2: 2x FW (back)

    Any other way I tried made it either too pink, or too yellow.

    I stagger the on/off times to give a dawn/sunset effect with the FWs coming on after, and going off before the OTs.

    Looks quite good :)
     

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