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Old 06/29/2019, 08:16 AM   #1
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ReefBreeders LED, How to make corals glow?

Hey all,

I have a 90g with 48Ē ReefBreeders LED light,

Is there a setting to make corals glow?

When I go to the stores their corals are like under back light. When I bring them home? They are just bleh.

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Old 06/29/2019, 09:08 AM   #2
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Turn up the blue channel/near uv/uv...
Acid trip corals/tanks run heavy blue lighting and little white lighting...


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Old 06/30/2019, 05:31 AM   #3
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Thatís how I have my 50-V2 set. The white channel maxes out at 35%, the blues, and violet 60-80%. Been using this light for 3 years and very happy with it.


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Old 06/30/2019, 09:08 AM   #4
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Thatís how I have my 50-V2 set. The white channel maxes out at 35%, the blues, and violet 60-80%. Been using this light for 3 years and very happy with it.
Would you mind sharing your lighting schedule and channel settings?

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Old 06/30/2019, 09:45 AM   #5
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Happy to, but Iím on the road until Wednesday night. I have an excel spreadsheet on my pc at home, Iíll post when I can.


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Old 06/30/2019, 11:43 AM   #6
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What are your setting's now? You do not want to burn your corals.


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Old 06/30/2019, 12:16 PM   #7
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What are your setting's now? You do not want to burn your corals.
I attached my current light schedule.

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Old 06/30/2019, 12:20 PM   #8
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This is what my Frogspawn coral looks like and my Purple Green Urchin look like, and a picture of what the Purple Green Urchin is SUPPOSE to look like and what he looked like at the fish store..

I have no color. it's all Blue/purple. My Star Polyps are flourcent green though.


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Old 06/30/2019, 03:42 PM   #9
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to get that purple on the urchin (rather than blue) you need to go to a whiter light but other corals may not look as good.


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Old 07/04/2019, 03:01 AM   #10
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Here's my light schedule. I had forgotten I ended up turning down the whites further than I remembered. The light is about 8 inches from the surface and 22 inches to the sand. Softies, LPS and SPS all doing quite well color and growth-wise.
iPhone pictures are REALLY blue, but to my eye only a little. A yellow filter improves the pics quite a bit.


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Old 07/04/2019, 03:16 AM   #11
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In my case, my settings came from a mix of trial and error, moving some coral around a bit, and personal taste. I've never used a par meter, but I'm sure it would have helped, and might still. I just enjoy playing around with things, although in this hobby, I've had to restrain myself to make small changes and wait for a while.
I'm on the road for 8 days, then home for 6, wash, rinse, repeat. The tank usually looks better after I've been away not messing with it.


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Old 07/04/2019, 11:43 AM   #12
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IMO, sellers of corals always have them under blue light. The fantastic picture you see is when white light is added for the taking of the picture.

When I watch any show concerning corals, deep sea, etc., all that reaches is blue light. But, the camera's light hit them and then you see the beautiful colors.

I try to mimic this with my lighting. Blues start ramping up at 1 pm, then full blue by 6 pm, 7 pm - 10 pm I add T5 HO ATI Coral Plus bulbs for my viewing pleasure.


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Old 07/06/2019, 08:29 AM   #13
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Itís a combination of intensity, spectrum, parameters, and genetics. Opinions on this vary considerably. But I am of the camp that providing high intensity full spectrum light will produce more color. Running all blue all the time may lead to faded colors. Running a short period of high intensity full spectrum (which you may find unattractive) will result in more vibrant colors when viewing your corals under blues


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