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Post by Moza on 8/2/2012, 10:20

Does anyone have a guide to what tubes do what ???? Ive got a Juwel set up using T5s on is a day bulb the other a nature. It seems very bright and white in the tank and does nothing for the colours of my Malawi's. I had a grolux in there which just made the tank look pink, I have coral sand and ocean rock aswell which makes the tank look ver pale. Can anyone suggest a better tube combo ????
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Post by ado_boro on 8/2/2012, 16:42

I read an article that said blue light over 10000k is best to bring out Malawi colours because of this I run two 14000k t8's and they seem to work great. Hope this helps.
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Post by k3vinjam3s on 8/2/2012, 16:45

Also depends on depth and angle of light also. In my deep discus tank the colours don't show as well near the bottom.
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Post by Moza on 8/2/2012, 22:38

Thanks to you both ado-boro you have a pm also can you tell me the name of the tubes you use are they marine blue ??
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Post by ado_boro on 8/2/2012, 22:51

I've still got the empty box for them in my garage so ill take a look for you. I'm sure they are meant for marine but they don't say marine blue on them. I bought them from PetMania, they were the only ones they had that were 14000k.
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Post by Moza on 8/2/2012, 22:52

Great thanks whats the 14000k mean ???
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Post by Moza on 8/2/2012, 22:54

Im guessing its these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-x-iQuatics-39w-T5-White-Marine-14000K-Fluorescent-tube-Ideal-Coral-growth-/170776944382?pt=UK_Pet_Supplies_Fish&hash=item27c3195efe#ht_2134wt_1037
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Post by ado_boro on 9/2/2012, 19:38

Did you get any today? I've just had a look at the box in the garage and the one I have are GLO Aqua-Glo T8 18000k. I think the higher the K the whiter and brighter. No good for plants but perfect for marine and cichlids presumably.
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Post by D13H4RD on 9/2/2012, 19:50

Does it say on the bulb what they are, cos mine are already fitted, but would like to know what they are ?
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Post by ado_boro on 9/2/2012, 19:55

Not sure it might do, might be a model number to match them up.
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Post by Ian on 9/2/2012, 21:06

ask blooper he uses these tubes

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Post by blooper on 9/2/2012, 21:15

leave the white tube in and get urself a marine blue tube that what i got but i also got pinks in there as well which show off the colours well

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Post by blooper on 9/2/2012, 21:16

forgot to add if you got t5 tubes order from iquatics buy 2 get one free and free delivery

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Post by D13H4RD on 9/2/2012, 21:20

Nice tip matey cheers
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Post by Guest on 9/2/2012, 22:50

blooper wrote:forgot to add if you got t5 tubes order from iquatics buy 2 get one free and free delivery

Just been for my Over Tank Luminaire (T5 54w) which I'm going to order new tropical tubes for, therefore I'll take a look at that, thanks blooper.

In the Unit I got, 3 of the tubes are full of life, only prob for me is it came off a marine tank, therefore if someone wants the two marine blue and one marine white tube, please PM me with a offer (will sell individually).

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Post by blooper on 9/2/2012, 23:38

just run ti as it is replace the one tube that needs replaceing with a grolux pink for ur plants everything will be fine no need to replace them all

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Post by Moza on 10/2/2012, 22:04

Thanks for the info guys, ive ordered some from a shop in kent via ebay. I have a Juwel set up so ive had to buy their bulbs at 742mm its only juwel that have that size. My tank looks like this at the moment in the pic below.

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Post by Guest on 10/2/2012, 22:07

Looking good very good, the new tubes will brighten it right up hopefully.

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Post by D13H4RD on 10/2/2012, 22:49

Looks great matey Very Happy
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Post by ado_boro on 10/2/2012, 23:24

I think that looks great! Will defo bring the colour out more with the marine bulbs you have ordered though. You'll have to get a pic up once you have then installed.
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