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Hi All,

I have a Betta Lifespace 1000 which I have previously had set up as a marine tank.

some 6 months ago, I returned to freshwater and in particular Rift Lake with an emphasis on Tanganyikan. I love Tropheus and Compressiceps / Calvus

In the new year I shall be removing the sump in favour of a Fluval FX5 filter.

The lighting I have is 4x 39w T5's with Arcadia reflectors. What bulbs would be best? 2 T5's or 4.
Actinics or not??

Advice please..

Thanks

Pete
 

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Lots of other posts asking the same question.

Try using the Search feature in the upper right.

It's going to be individual preference as well as substrate, background & fish color, etc.

The brightness will depend on how deep your tank is.
 

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Lighting will depend on your personal taste and witch Tang's you decide to keep. I have T5's and I like them a lot but I am also interested in the NEW Marineland (reef capable) LED's. Regarding the Tropheus and Calvus they have different diets as I'm sure you are probably aware of :)

Good luck and enjoy !
 

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Like others had stated, most of it comes down to preference. I have 4x 39w T5 on my 6' 125g and like the amount of light. I started with a combination of 2x 10K and 2x actinic but found the actinic too blueish for my liking so I switched to 4x 10K.
 

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I just switched my 55 gallon to tanganyikans and I don't like the look of the actinics. I'm might go with marineland L.E.D.s I have them on my 20 gallon shelldweller tank and they look good. I've also noticed the actinics make photography difficult if your into that.
 
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