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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:55 pm Post subject: Mixing Spectrum? Reply with quote

 Hey  guys
 
 have  anyone  of  you  tried  mixing  light  spectrum  in  planted  aquariums?  if  anyone  of  you  have  tried  it,  what  spectrum  did  you  use?
 
 what  spectrum  will  look  good  with  8000k?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:09 pm Post subject: Re: Mixing Spectrum? Reply with quote

 Hi  Neil,
 
 you  may  want  to  speak  with  essabee  on  this,  he  has  mixed  a  few  spectrums  and  found  great  results.
 
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 ^^  oh  thanks  man  Smile  will  ask  him  Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:36 am Post subject: Re: Mixing Spectrum? Reply with quote

 I've  seen  many  tanks  that  use  6500K  +  8000K  combination.  I  used  to  have  a  fixture  with  5200K  MH  x  2,  6500K  T5HO  x  3  and  a  8000K  T5HO  x  1.  6500K  should  suffice,  8000K  just  provides  more  light  penetration.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:43 am Post subject: Re: Mixing Spectrum? Reply with quote

 actually  i  observed  that  with  8000k,  plants  look  more  reddish.  so  want  to  experiment  with  lighting.
 
 about  6500k  +  8000k,  if  i  had  to  use  6  t5s,  would  3  of  6500k  and  3  of  8000k  do?  or  i  need  to  reduce  the  number  of  8000k  tubes?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:45 am Post subject: Re: Mixing Spectrum? Reply with quote

                                                   
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I've  seen  many  tanks  that  use  6500K  +  8000K  combination.  I  used  to  have  a  fixture  with  5200K  MH  x  2,  6500K  T5HO  x  3  and  a  8000K  T5HO  x  1.  6500K  should  suffice,  8000K  just  provides  more  light  penetration.                
also,  can  you  please  post  a  pic  of  your  tank?  want  to  see  what  the  colours  look  like.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:46 am Post subject: Re: Mixing Spectrum? Reply with quote

 Remember  one  thing.  There  is  no  hard  and  fast  relation  between  the  Spectrum  of  the  light  coming  out  of  the  bulb  with  the  kelvin  rating  of  the  bulb  always.
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 I  believe  the  plants  look  redder  due  to  the  higher  amount  light  that  penetrates  when  using  8000K,  the  plants  should  also  exhibit  the  same  red  when  given  high  intensity  lighting  at  6500K.  
 
 Either  3x  8000K  or  2x  8000K  should  be  fine.  If  your  tank  is  2'  deep,  get  3x  8000K.   You  can  mount  2  towards  the  front  of  your  tank  and  the  third  toward  the  back.  This  will  allow  more  light  to  reach  the  shorter  foreground  plants.
 
 Sorry,  I  don't  have  a  picture  of  my  tank  with  that  fixture,  but  the  light  had  a  golden-yellow  colour  with  the  MHs  were  on.  With  just  the  T5s,  it  was  more  bluish-white.  I  couldn't  make  out  too  much  of  a  difference  between  the  colours  of  the  T5s  but  that's  probably  due  to  the  ratio  being  skewed  towards  the  6500Ks.
 
 It  sounds  like  you're  going  for  a  high  light  setup,  just  a  word  of  warning:  Be  prepared  to  spend  a  lot  of  time  fine-tuning  the  setup  and  also  maintaining  it.  The  high  tech,  high  light  tanks  aren't  very  forgiving   Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:32 am Post subject: Re: Mixing Spectrum? Reply with quote

 i  use  mixed  spectrums  on  my  nanos  i  use  1x8000k  with  1x15000k.  my  plants  seem  to  be  doin  well.  infact  my  Riccia  seems  to  be  growin  very  very  well.  i  started  with  a  one  inch  clump  and  its  spread  to  a  4inch  dia  in  2  months.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:22 pm Post subject: Re: Mixing Spectrum? Reply with quote

 hey  zakk
 
 can  you  please  post  pic  of  your  tank?
 
 i  saw  a  guy  using  just  12000k  in  his  planted  tank.  the  plants  looked  fake.  
 
 how  will  just  8000k  work  out?
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 Using  8000  K  alone  will  increase  the  blue  end  of  the  spectrum  disproportionately.  Excessive  blue  has  a  tendency  of  making  the  water  look  misty.
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 just  8000k  works  just  fine  for  my  plants.  my  7gl  with  Sakura  and  Fire  Reds  has  2x8000k  tubes  running  on  it.  super  bright  but  my  riccia  just  LOVES  it.
 
 this  is  the  one  with  1x8000k  tube  and  1x15000k.
 [img]http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/photo.php?pid=13513837&id=884215596&ref=fbx_album[/img]
 
 this  is  the  one  with  2x8000k  tubes
 [img]http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/photo.php?pid=13513838&id=884215596&ref=fbx_album[/img]
 
 this  is  the  one  with  2x15000k  tubes.
 [img]http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=463306&id=884215596#!/photo.php?pid=13859714&id=884215596&ref=fbx_album[/img]
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 Anyone  know  where  I  can  get  2ft  T5  8000K  tubes  in  Mumbai  ?  What  brand/model  do  I  ask  for  ?
 
 Zakk  :  What  make  is  the  tube  you  have  ?
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 Hey  Viresh,  Link  not  working!!
 
 Cheers
 
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