View Full Version : t5 vs vho

09/17/2008, 02:48 PM
Im sure somewhere here there is a "difinitive" study on which actually puts off the best light and brings out the most color....I just cant seem to find it!! Can you point me to it?

09/17/2008, 03:15 PM
I don't know of a good comparison and I've looked many times. Lots of people are excited about T-5's. Here's a great T-5 thread...http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=1460865

I prefer VHO actinics for supplementing halides. If I went the T-5 route, I would probably have to go full T-5's or I wouldn't be happy.

09/17/2008, 03:18 PM
thanks...I read some of that one....Im running 400mh and just need the super actinic for that pop....my current system has vho and its been a real winner.....so why fix it if it aint broke?? So much talk about the t5s....thanks.

09/17/2008, 03:33 PM
I started planning my current tank about 8-months ago. I had been running a Coralife 660 with VHOs and MH on my previous tank for a couple of years and was very pleased with it. Then it dawned on me, 'I should upgrade to T5 bulbs when I move into the new tank'. Upon doing my research I was surprised to find a few people who went from MH+VHO to MH+T5 then back to MH+VHO because they didn't like the T5 actinic. It was then that I decided I was happy with the color of my VHO actinics too much to change. Having a *full* bank of T5's and being able to tweak, tweak, tweak would be nice...but like you said in your last post...all we need is the pop.

09/17/2008, 08:45 PM
that is exactly what my research found.....a lot of vho people went to the t5s and then back to vho.....better flouresence in the corals that can take advantage of that spectrum....thanks for your input.

09/17/2008, 09:11 PM
What vho actinic bulb do you guys like the best?

09/17/2008, 10:39 PM
URI...I think they just rebadged to UV Lighting.

09/18/2008, 08:35 AM
dittos URI