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Old 01/12/2008, 01:52 AM
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Question Maximum color rendering kelvin combinations?

First of all, I'd like to say I understand the fact that a large part of lighting is prefference. What looks good to the hobbyist. I also understand a good portion of the lighting aspect. There are tons of different variations for mixtures of bulbs to choose from. Especially with T5's now. But there does seem to be a standard mixture that will give the best color and look to corals. Currently i run 8X39w T5 ho's on my 65 mixed reef. With 4 10,000k UVL's and 4 super actinics. The color is great. Especially under actinic only. But I am unfamiliar with what the other variations might lend. Without dropping the cash and buying several different lamps and running them in different combinations for an extended period of time. You can see how involved that would be. Also I dont have a great deal of experience with MH's concerning a reef. So I ask of the great lighting God's on RC to spill forth the knowledge. What in your opinion would lend the best color rendering for SPS's. For both lighting systems. T5's and MH supplemented with T5's. I'll give a tank scenario so as to avoid the confict of height, length etc.

Say a 135..72" X18" x 24" tall. SPS's dominated.

Total of 12, 54 watt T5HO's.

As well as MH setup of 3 250w MH with 4 T5 actinic suplements.

Not all these as one lighting setup, but two different ones. In other words, if you were going to do this tank. Mainly SPS's and you were going to do T5's on it you do blah blah blah temperature bulbs. If you were going to do Mh's you'd do blah,MH with blah blah T5's. Lets assume indivudual reflectors, overdiven T5's are the case.


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