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01-27-2010, 08:29 AM
I hope I don't get too much flaming for this. But will a Actinic light have any ill effect on a freshwater set-up? I will not have any live plants. The reason I'm asking is because I really love the light color it produces............

01-27-2010, 08:59 AM
No, I have them in my VHO setup.

Many run 50/50 on freshwater tanks

Typical Tony
01-27-2010, 09:03 AM
i have it running over my 25. no problems

01-27-2010, 09:17 AM

01-27-2010, 11:27 AM
i have white actenic and blue actenic on both my tanks.

01-27-2010, 11:33 AM
I have 50/50 color bulbs over every single tank in my house. Not only is it more pleasing to the eye but it grows less bad algae, as well. I do have plants in most of my tanks, but I grow just hearty stuff (Java fern and moss, swords, annubius on driftwood, and some floating string-type plants). Do it. You'll be happy and the BEST part is when your planted-tank friends come over and say, "Wow! What color bulb is that?! Your fish don't look GREEN!" :)

01-27-2010, 04:35 PM
i had the actnic on my setup as well for some time but when the bulg went out i changed to daylight because the fish looked better.

01-27-2010, 04:40 PM
bluer light is supposed to enhance the "deep water" effect. ive always considered light with more blue in them to look better in tanks. if you like the light color, go with it. one suggestion though, sometimes just blue actinics dont give that good of viewing light to see your fish. if you have the abilitly, i would recommend adding a light with a temp rating of about 5.5K to 6.5K, which will give you better viewing light. good luck with the lights;)

01-27-2010, 04:58 PM
I don't really like them on planted setups, but IMO with African cichlid setup, it's the best way to go. I think it really makes the color of those fish pop!

01-27-2010, 05:03 PM
I run actinics on my troph tank and it makes the color on my fish pop. Especially my chaitikas
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01-28-2010, 09:16 AM
Can I tank a actinic bulb and install it in a any fluorescent light strip??????

01-28-2010, 07:00 PM
i would think so, but someone correct me if im wrong. as long as it is the right size (T8, T12...) the only thing i see being a problem with is the cheaper fixtures, but i would think it would work....

01-29-2010, 10:06 AM
I have a 50/50 CF on one of my planted tanks and get great plant growth. If you are in doubt about if the bulb would work, take it up to Home Depot or Lowes and ask their lighting expert.