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  1. Default Is it worth changing bulbs?


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    I currently have a Juwel Rio 125 with the standard T5 day bulbs, but I was in my local fish store today and got looking at the other sets of bulbs, apparantly if I have a 'colour' bulb at the front and a 'natural' bulb at the back this will make my fish and plants look more colourful?

    Im basically just wondering if this would be worth doing, is there difference going to be significant or minor?


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    Is there a problem in your tank with algae or maybe your plants not doing well ?

    If everything is going OK, I would save your money and wait to replace the bulbs until they are at the en of their useful life

    BTW, by "colored" bulb do you mean a purple-ish bulb and by "natural" bulb do you mean a white bulb around 6500 to 6700K ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    Is there a problem in your tank with algae or maybe your plants not doing well ?

    If everything is going OK, I would save your money and wait to replace the bulbs until they are at the en of their useful life

    BTW, by "colored" bulb do you mean a purple-ish bulb and by "natural" bulb do you mean a white bulb around 6500 to 6700K ?
    I do have a bit of an algae problem, I have 2 Oto's but the front glass is still pretty messy.

    And yes those are the bulbs I saw.


    29 Gallon: Veiltail Betta, White Cloud Minnows, Neon Tetras, Honey Gourami, Rummy Nose Tetra, Bolivian Ram, African Dwarf Frogs, Amano Shrimp

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    Quote Originally Posted by serbusfish View Post
    ... apparantly if I have a 'colour' bulb at the front and a 'natural' bulb at the back this will make my fish and plants look more colourful?

    Im basically just wondering if this would be worth doing, is there difference going to be significant or minor?
    As Cliff mentioned you need to be more specific about the bulbs you refer too [post their temperature not their marketing names.]

    It's an entirely subjective thing.. Some see no or possibly an incremental difference - some say it's a total waste of money - Some say it makes all the difference in the world [These tend to be people who have already spent the money lol]

    Personally I use a mix of 10000K and 6500K [It's what was available to me at the time] and I fall into the 'It's incremental at best' category on this.. I wouldn't go out of my way to change to them for aesthetic reasons..
    You could end up with an algae farm though if you upset the balance you have going on as the higher spectrum are more appetizing to algae.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goes to 11! View Post

    Personally I use a mix of 10000K and 6500K [It's what was available to me at the time] and I fall into the 'It's incremental at best' category on this.. I wouldn't go out of my way to change to them for aesthetic reasons..
    You could end up with an algae farm though if you upset the balance you have going on as the higher spectrum are more appetizing to algae.
    I'm guessing that color temperatures for the tubes mentioned by the OP are probably in the same range as yours. Personally, I would stick with 6500 -6700 k color temps because temps in the 8000 - 10000 k range encourage algae growth in fresh water planted tanks?
    When in doubt, do a water change.

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    I've got a rion 125 with a weird combo of lights (bought it used) front is a daylight one, back is one of those greenish "promotes healthy plants". I can't say I notice any difference except that the tank has a weird greenish sheen that makes photography a bit ofa challenge. I do want to change to dual 6500k daylight tubes but I never seem to get around to it.

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