t5 bulbs ati combo 5 bulb advise, please

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  1. JS_racer

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    say , sure could use a little help here. i have a 5 bulb tx5 fixture, 2 on 1 channel, 3 on the other. i have it set with 2 as blue, 3 as day but could easily reverse it.

    old setup was 2x blue + , 2 aquablue special, and 1 purple in the middle
    debating 2 blue, 2 aquablue special, and 1 coral plus,

    my thought is that it will be quite bright, and washed out, should i ditch the 2 special for 2 coral +, so 2 blue+ 3 coral plus, or the reverse 3/2 ?? or try 2 blue+ 2 coral plus, and 1 purple ?? could try 3 blue and 2 aquablue special ??

    any help or tips here sure would be great and very appreciated.
     
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    Lighting is all very opinion based for color. Personally I would do 3 blue + and 2 coral +
     
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    I run 4 b+, 3 actinic and 1 c+. I like the color - it's all about preference.
     
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    Try 3 blue....and 1 puple/1 coral plus for daytime.
     
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    appreciate it trying that now. had some old bulbs to swap.
    warming up to the mostly blue look. i need to get out more and see more tanks.

    thanks much for the other thoughts as well, appreciate it.
     
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    I like this guys flavor of bulbs.
     
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    I'd do 2 Blue, 1 purple, 1 coral and 1 actinic
     
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    4 blue plus
    1 coral.
    1 atintic
     
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    I have been playing with 3 coral, 2 blue+ and 3 blue+ 2 coral.

    Gradually getting more blue. Both combos are much better than with a special, those seemed harsh.
    Appreciate all the help, I'm getting there. Lol
     
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    I’d mirror what other said with only one note.
    3 B+
    1 C+
    1 P+
    If you need to maximize PAR, if not swap out one of the B+ for an actinic.
     
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