I hear you. I actually brought home a 48 inch strip and noticed exactly what you are saying. All the reds and yellows look horrible. The Powerglo tubes I have do just fine. I have a good relationship with this guy so taking the T5 back will not be an issue. Thanks for your input!under_control said:The lights are for you. The Actinic will do nothing TO the fish. It will makes blues pop, but will skew other colors. He's just trying to sell you something.
Thanks Jake. I have found these lights are pretty powerful even with the low wattage. I am exchanging the 48 strip for a 24' which will be fine. Thanks for you reply!Jake at River City said:We have several tanks on display. There is a huge visual difference between our tanks with standard flourescent (we run Powerglos) and tanks with dual T5 fixtures. Having a dual T5 fixture with an actinic and a full spectrum bulb (10k) will give an outstanding visual appearance with balanced color. It's not necessary to have special lighting for cichlids, but it's definately a nice addition.