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Jdavis3458
06-13-2014, 01:34 PM
Has anyone ever played with bulb color?
I have 4 t5 odyssea light that operates as two sets and I currently run 4 65k bulbs I'm considering running 1 blue and 1 red in the other set for better light spectrum in my plated tank

Any thoughts or experience with this?


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jhw972
06-13-2014, 10:02 PM
I haven't played with bulb color in years, but most of the "plant" bulbs have a purplish look to them. This is because they add a lot of the red end to help plants get what they need for photosynthesis. Now, on my homebrew LED setup, I reworked with red, blue, and white emitters. I have a glossostigma mat that is taking over a 10gal tank. Before I added the red to the mix, it was much more stringy looking. IIRC, higher red levels will encourage the plants to grow out, while higher blue levels will encourage them to grow up.

Jdavis3458
06-14-2014, 08:27 PM
So is it a case of either or? Or could a mix like I suggested work?


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jhw972
06-14-2014, 10:06 PM
A mix will definitely work. I was merely pointing out how the different colors seems to affect plant growth. :) Sorry if I confused things.

Jdavis3458
06-15-2014, 12:27 PM
Cool thanks for input I'm going to give a shot is there any recomended bulbs for the blue or red ?


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nguyenhonam89
01-29-2015, 05:17 AM
Red sun wave bulb is recommended. I have combo of german made bulbs midday, midday, aquaflora and a res sunwave. Pricey but worth it.

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caricell
01-29-2015, 08:08 AM
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Red sun wave bulb is recommended. I have combo of german made bulbs midday, midday, aquaflora and a res sunwave. Pricey but worth it.

http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/29/4ab29674817933ae186d67db5577be00.jpg


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Mog Carns
01-29-2015, 01:18 PM
Pretty tank though.