t5 fixture bulb opinion

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    So with Christmas going by, im gonna have some extra cash to spend and i need to replace my bulbs.

    I have a 36 inch Odyssea T5 fixture over a 40gal mixed reef. Right now it has the bulbs it came with which is 2 actinics and 2 10ks.

    Im looking for opinions on what bulbs i should get, i like the vibrant, colorful look, so what lights do you guys recommend? Should i get actinics still?? go for 14k instead of 10ks?? let me know what you think.

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    The bulbs that come with that fixture aren't the greatest. Look at getting ATI bulbs and a maybe a KZ fiji purple.
     
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    are ATI bulbs high quality then?? im sick of crap algae growing everywhere..
     
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    ATIs are one of the better quality bulbs.
     
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    thanks, from what i gathered so far, to have that REEF look i definitely need some actinics. (correct me if im wrong)

    haven't had a chance to call ReefGeek, with Christmas going on i figured id wait until after, but im still kinda researching on my own
     
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    That depends on the look you want.When I had my 8 bulb T-5s,I was only running one actinic bulb out of the 8.
     
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    you happen to have a pic of what that looked like??

    basically i just like the look of the tank when the colors are really vibrant and "pop out" and are very distinct..
     
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    These pics were taken under my old T-5s.
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    I wish I had wrote down the bulb configuration I was using.
     
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    If you fill it with 20k bulbs (I think somebody is producing them now, not sure though) then you probably won't need an actinic for a nice blue glow. 18k's are pretty close to them anyhow and you'll see better growth and color with them I think than a 50/50 split between actinic and 10k.
     
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