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Old 12/16/2006, 12:05 PM   #251
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Well, the reviews are all graphical/pictoral, and Im sure with the Google translation device, you can muddle through.


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Old 12/16/2006, 12:13 PM   #252
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Old 12/16/2006, 03:30 PM   #253
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It;s actually the .net site I believe but even translated I'll be damned if I can figure out how to register.


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Old 12/16/2006, 08:34 PM   #254
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I actually got registered but I only have access to some of the stuff. When I try to go to the ATI posts it only gives the option to log off, actually everything in the lighting and technology will not let me go into it.


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Old 03/13/2007, 11:39 AM   #255
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Question Bulb Placement & Actinic Replacement

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A sun or daylight, ATI aquablue and blueplus and UVL super actinic seems to be the way to go.
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I'm looking at T5 fixtures (ATI?) since T6 bulb & fixture selections are so sparse today. Is the above bulb combination still your recommendation for a 4x54-watt T5HO fixture?

How would you pair these bulbs with the two power cords for a dawn-dusk lighting scheme?

If I decide not to use an actinic bulb, what would you replace the UVL SA with? I prefer a full spectrum of colors with a blue tint.

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Old 03/13/2007, 11:58 AM   #256
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Re: Bulb Placement & Actinic Replacement

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Grim,

I'm looking at T5 fixtures (ATI?) since T6 bulb & fixture selections are so sparse today. Is the above bulb combination still your recommendation for a 4x54-watt T5HO fixture?

How would you pair these bulbs with the two power cords for a dawn-dusk lighting scheme?

If I decide not to use an actinic bulb, what would you replace the UVL SA with? I prefer a full spectrum of colors with a blue tint.

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That should be a good mix. I had a ATI Sun Pro, ATI Aquablue, ATI Blue Plus, ATI Actinic in a 39 watt power module and it looked pretty good and had a ton of PAR. It was just slightly blue. I would use the Blue Plus and Actinic for dusk/dawn. If you drop the actinic I would get a Blue Plus for a more blue look and a Aquablue for more white.


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Old 03/13/2007, 01:05 PM   #257
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Anyone ever do PAR readings on a T6ho fixture compared to T5HO?


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Old 03/13/2007, 02:04 PM   #258
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Something like a Tek fixture will be close lamp for lamp. The high end German fixtures will kill the T6's.


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Old 03/13/2007, 06:53 PM   #259
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So bulb for bulb the T5's are better? I mean if you put T6's in the same fixture, wouldn't they out perform the T5?


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Old 03/13/2007, 07:08 PM   #260
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You would lose if you put T6 in most T5 reflectors. Lamp for lamp the Fauna Marin T5 I have right now is way more intense and I have an ATI unit on the way that is supposed to be even better. More intensity with less wattage is hard to beat. I will try to get a reading on a T6 in a reflector vs a T5 once I am set up in the garage for some decent testing.


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Old 03/14/2007, 01:59 PM   #261
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Can I get a reccomendation on T5 bulb selection for my new 240 gallon tank? I'm setting it up next month (thread coming soon!) 84"Lx28"Wx24"D, the hole in the top is only 76"x18", so I was thinking of both sides having 6-36" T5s, for a total of 12 bulbs all on overdriven icecap660 ballasts (3 of those total, the bulbs will be retrofitted into two wood boxes with glass shield, 2 fans, the ballasts will have some sort of quick disconnect for easy maintenance and removal) This will be an SPS/clam tank for the majority. I personally prefer the 12-14K color temperature and dislike 20K (too blue for me), I prefer good par values on a NEW tank for growth.

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Old 03/14/2007, 02:43 PM   #262
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Blue Plus
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That should be bright. Once the tank matures the Aquablue could be changed to super actinic but for initial growth the Aquablue will be the way to go.


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Old 03/14/2007, 06:43 PM   #263
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What makes you say that the T6's are less intense? I have both and I'd have to say that with my naked eye, (I know not really an accurate way of measuring) that the T6 is brighter. Is there any data supporting this?


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Old 03/14/2007, 07:55 PM   #264
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Old 03/15/2007, 05:05 AM   #265
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What were the values?


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Old 03/15/2007, 06:34 AM   #266
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Hi, I am currently planning a canopy for a 29G mostly LPS tank and I want to try a T5 solution. I am looking at two options:
1. Icecap 24" Retrofit: 4-24W T5 HO Fluorescents, or
2. Tek 24" Retrofit: 6-24W T5 HO Fluorescents

The Tek retro is more expensive and appears to produce more light. However, the Icecap comes with that 660 ballast which overdrives, correct? What solution do you think is better?

Additionally, since the canopy is going to be about 30" long, do you suggest staggering the lights? Finally, can you suggest a bulb combo for whichever retro is better? Thank you so very much for helping me, and for helping all of us in general!


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Old 03/15/2007, 11:48 AM   #267
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2 Blue and 2 10K VHO T6 and 1 Super Actinic T5 was good for 117 at the sand. 2 Blues, 1 Actinic and 1 Super Actinic in a Fauna Marin T5 fixture is good for 146


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Old 03/15/2007, 12:00 PM   #268
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Hi, I am currently planning a canopy for a 29G mostly LPS tank and I want to try a T5 solution. I am looking at two options:
1. Icecap 24" Retrofit: 4-24W T5 HO Fluorescents, or
2. Tek 24" Retrofit: 6-24W T5 HO Fluorescents

The Tek retro is more expensive and appears to produce more light. However, the Icecap comes with that 660 ballast which overdrives, correct? What solution do you think is better?

Additionally, since the canopy is going to be about 30" long, do you suggest staggering the lights? Finally, can you suggest a bulb combo for whichever retro is better? Thank you so very much for helping me, and for helping all of us in general!
Isn't the 29 like 20" tall? Don't need to overdive lamps for that. You need 2 1/2" inches per lamp so you will only fit 4 in there. I would get the Tek retro and maybe upgrade it to IC reflectors. I would run 1 UVL aquasun, 1 Super Actinic, 1 Aquablue and 1 Blue Plus.


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Old 03/15/2007, 12:22 PM   #269
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Reefgeek has the Tek2 reflectors in... I have a couple on the way to see how they are. They are supposed to have a record number of bends/facets, and be made out of a corrosion resistant material like the IC SLRs now. The downside is that they are wider than the Icecaps now.. 2.75" across. Ill post pics when I get mine next week (waiting on back-ordered ATI blue+ bulbs before the order ships).


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Old 03/15/2007, 12:50 PM   #270
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I hear they are sorta a mini version of a reef optix reflector. Could be time for Ice Cap to go back to the drawing board


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Old 03/15/2007, 01:32 PM   #271
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Ooh... that sounds pretty impressive.


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Old 03/15/2007, 03:28 PM   #272
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What type of fixture was used for the T6?


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Retrofits with pretty good reflectors and an Ice Cap 660 ballast.


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Old 03/15/2007, 05:44 PM   #274
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Old 03/16/2007, 02:18 PM   #275
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ok guys don't laugh to hard but i need a some help. 90 AGA 48x18x24 with a Nova extreme 8x54 fixture....my budget won't allow for a whole new light setup so i'm stuck with the single reflector Nova. My ultimate goal is clams...is it even possible for me? Even if it isn't i want to at least switch out the bulbs which are the Current 4 daylight and 4 blue. I'd like a look more on the blue side but not excessively so. What would be the best bulb combination for me?


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