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Old 08/19/2019, 03:17 PM   #1
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Led to ati coral acclimation

Hello

As above says I've move from leds to full ati t5.

I was currently running a 300w Viraspectra LED unit running 40% blue and 1% white.

I am now running an Ati T5 6 x 39w unit at 12inch above tank but I don't want to bleach anything as the T5 seems to pax more of a punch or is there nothing to worry about?

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Old 08/19/2019, 03:53 PM   #2
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I would not worry but start out at 4 hours if you want and increase that over a week or 2 to 8 hours..
40% blue/1% white??.. No wonder you thought t5 was so white...


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Old 08/19/2019, 06:07 PM   #3
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I would not worry but start out at 4 hours if you want and increase that over a week or 2 to 8 hours..
40% blue/1% white??.. No wonder you thought t5 was so white...


Yep. Seems to usually be the initial reaction most have when making the switch.

I agree. I wouldn’t worry too much. I saw zero negative effect when switching from black boxes to an ati sunpower. Started with a 6 hour total photoperiod. Increased gradually to 12


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Old 08/19/2019, 08:41 PM   #4
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I swapped my 300watt LED for 6x39w t5 @ 6500k no coral issues. That said, since you only ran 1% white, keep a close eye on it for the first couple days and adjust height/time as needed.
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Old 08/20/2019, 06:12 AM   #5
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Is 12" above my tank to high?


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Old 08/20/2019, 06:30 AM   #6
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Is 12" above my tank to high?
Not really.. Could it be closer.. probably/yes.. Does it need to be.. unlikely..

But you also didn't tell us the size of your tank in this post so we don't know if its 12" deep or 30",etc...

I run my ATI T5 about 8" off the water


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Not really.. Could it be closer.. probably/yes.. Does it need to be.. unlikely..

But you also didn't tell us the size of your tank in this post so we don't know if its 12" deep or 30",etc...

I run my ATI T5 about 8" off the water
Tank is 24" high


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12" is probably fine... could it be closer.. Yes..
As you are concerned about acclimation start at 12 now and move down lower in a few weeks/month and see how it goes..
Adapt..adjust as needed


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12" is probably fine... could it be closer.. Yes..
As you are concerned about acclimation start at 12 now and move down lower in a few weeks/month and see how it goes..
Adapt..adjust as needed
These are brand new bulbs, what is meant by a burn in period?


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Old 08/20/2019, 02:59 PM   #10
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My t-5's are 7" AWL


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These are brand new bulbs, what is meant by a burn in period?


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These are brand new bulbs, what is meant by a burn in period?
https://www.atinorthamerica.com/how-...n-in-t5-bulbs/


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Thanks.

So do you think it would be better to keep raised to the 12" and run between 4-6 hours why the bulbs burn in, and after the 50 hours start lowering them to around 8" above the water line and increase the lighting period to 8 hours?

What do you guys do, I have no experience with T5?

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Old 08/21/2019, 04:37 AM   #14
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Is your T5 dimmable? Burn in is only a thing for dimmable fixtures..

And sure that plan sounds fine..
You don't need "experience" with T5... Its just a light.. Don't over think it here..
Its far easier than LED.. Its either on.. Or its off.. 8-12 hours a day and corals grow..


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Is your T5 dimmable? Burn in is only a thing for dimmable fixtures..

And sure that plan sounds fine..
You don't need "experience" with T5... Its just a light.. Don't over think it here..
Its far easier than LED.. Its either on.. Or its off.. 8-12 hours a day and corals grow..

Not not dimmable, but i read it can give out twice the par before the bulbs are burnt in?

How do you change your bulbs, all at once or staggered?


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How do you change your bulbs, all at once or staggered?
I change mine all at once..

I also have a dimmable ATI fixture and I don't burn them in.. I'm a rebel and run by my own rules..


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I change mine all at once..

I also have a dimmable ATI fixture and I don't burn them in.. I'm a rebel and run by my own rules..
If you have 5 blue plus and 1 coral plus where would you put the coral plus in the arrangement?


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If you have 5 blue plus and 1 coral plus where would you put the coral plus in the arrangement?


B+
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Don't over think it.. There is no right answer and no wrong answer either in that case..


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Not sure if I've made the right move switching over to full T5.
Colours seem to be paling out I'm now running the fixture for 5 hours day 8" over my tank. 5 blue+ and 1 purple + I'm just worried I've made a mistake.


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Not sure if I've made the right move switching over to full T5.
Colours seem to be paling out I'm now running the fixture for 5 hours day 8" over my tank. 5 blue+ and 1 purple + I'm just worried I've made a mistake.
You may have to lower your run time down 4 hours. The T5's will not give the "pop" that LEDs do, so to your eyes, the corals will look pale in comparison. You can do a quick test, and put your old lights up and take a look. You can also feed a little extra for a bit.

I run both LED and ATI T5 HOs. I run a pair of ATI Coral +, and 2 strips of 450nm blue, and one strip of 423/445/465/12k mix. Works very well.


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