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  • T5 and VHO..which is the best for actinic supplement?

    Which is the best for SPS?

    and Could you tell me why?

    Thanks in advance~!

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  • #2
    i think it is more of preferance i believe that VHO have alot more par ratings then t5
    Nick
    Nick
    180G SPS Mainly
    10 Bulb T5 Starfire
    Calcium Reactor
    3 Tunze 6105's
    Profilux Controller
    ATB Return w/ wavysea
    ATB M External Skimmer


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    • #3
      With the individual reflectors (ala ATI, Icecap or SLS) the T5HOs give you VHO output or more at half the wattage of the VHOs, BUT VHO actinic is "prettier" than T5. The ATI blue + (D&D actinic+) is a nice bulb though, bright blue and creates a black light sort of effect.
      10x3x2 FOWLR (for now)
      BK400ext
      RD12 return, 2 RD12 closed loop, wavebox with extension
      MRC kalkmixer
      IKS

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      • #4
        i have a 440 setup icecap but never used it still sittin in the box from the dealer
        Nick
        Nick
        180G SPS Mainly
        10 Bulb T5 Starfire
        Calcium Reactor
        3 Tunze 6105's
        Profilux Controller
        ATB Return w/ wavysea
        ATB M External Skimmer


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        • #5
          I agree with Chuck. . .VHO actinic is much nicer looking than T-5.

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          • #6
            ive seen vho but havemnnt seen t5's anyone have pics of each ?
            Nick
            Nick
            180G SPS Mainly
            10 Bulb T5 Starfire
            Calcium Reactor
            3 Tunze 6105's
            Profilux Controller
            ATB Return w/ wavysea
            ATB M External Skimmer


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            • #7
              Both. Different corals will fluoresce differently under T5 Blue+ and VHO actinics.

              I currently run 4x T5 Blue+ bulbs, but next month I am due to replace 2 of the bulbs, and I think I am going to put in VHO super actinics instead, just to cover all my bases. Fortunately, the Icecap 660 will let you mix and match bulb types, so all I have to do is swap out bulbs and endcaps.

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              • #8
                very kool take some pics of it now please and then when u change them also and comment on what u think about it please
                Nick
                Nick
                180G SPS Mainly
                10 Bulb T5 Starfire
                Calcium Reactor
                3 Tunze 6105's
                Profilux Controller
                ATB Return w/ wavysea
                ATB M External Skimmer


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                • #9
                  I was not aware I could use both vho and T5 off my IC660.. That is great news my questions have been answered.. I will go 2 vho actinic and 2 blue+.. DAMN SWEET.......

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gqjeff
                    I was not aware I could use both vho and T5 off my IC660.. That is great news my questions have been answered.. I will go 2 vho actinic and 2 blue+.. DAMN SWEET.......

                    that is a good idea. but Should we ask ASH in RC first? (in sposor forum).

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                    • #11
                      Well I am banned so I can ask no questions in RC... Why would you want to though. If it works what is the problem.. I knew the IC ballasts powered the t5 bulbs brighter already. I just was not aware we could run 2 of each vho and t5.. I am excited as hell though since we can...

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                      • #12
                        I searched a similar one we wanna know in RC sposor forum.
                        ASH said it is OK to use both type.. for sure I asked 430model again.

                        http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...79#post4575479

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                        • #13
                          been answered many times. mix and match is fine.
                          10x3x2 FOWLR (for now)
                          BK400ext
                          RD12 return, 2 RD12 closed loop, wavebox with extension
                          MRC kalkmixer
                          IKS

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                          • #14
                            there ya go
                            Solved
                            Nick
                            Nick
                            180G SPS Mainly
                            10 Bulb T5 Starfire
                            Calcium Reactor
                            3 Tunze 6105's
                            Profilux Controller
                            ATB Return w/ wavysea
                            ATB M External Skimmer


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                            • #15
                              In ATI T5bulb, there are two types of blue bulb(actually 3 type)
                              Blue plus and Actinic Blue. I saw these spectrum.
                              I think Blue plus is 450nm peak and Actinic Blue is 420nm peak.
                              actinic blue


                              blue plus

                              Because VHO has 420nm peak so I think the look of Actinic Blue is similar
                              to the look of VHO actinic. I am not sure b/c Actinic blue bulb is not imported
                              in my country.

                              Is it correct?

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