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For yellow and Orange I would look at something lower than 10k
That's not what I have experianced with my Red Rainbows. I had lower lighting on there tank when I first got them but found that they poped even more with 10k t5's on. I think that the substrate might have some effect on the way that the light effects the fish also. I use a black and white cichlid sand with a blue backround.
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I use a 4 bulb t5 fixture with the following bulbs and really like the results. They make my RRs look amazing and they're still only juvies.

54 watt 12k x 1
54 watt actinic x 1
54 watt 10k x 1
54 watt 8k x 1

As others said water quality and proper diet is most important then once that is in place a quality light fixture will really help display the colors of the fish. I've tried a few different combinations so just see what works for you!
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I use a 4 bulb t5 fixture with the following bulbs and really like the results. They make my RRs look amazing and they're still only juvies.

54 watt 12k x 1
54 watt actinic x 1
54 watt 10k x 1
54 watt 8k x 1

As others said water quality and proper diet is most important then once that is in place a quality light fixture will really help display the colors of the fish. I've tried a few different combinations so just see what works for you!
+1 This looks like a good combination of lighting. Any quality food will do the job and as always, keep your water clean.
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I use a 4 bulb t5 fixture with the following bulbs and really like the results. They make my RRs look amazing and they're still only juvies.

54 watt 12k x 1
54 watt actinic x 1
54 watt 10k x 1
54 watt 8k x 1

As others said water quality and proper diet is most important then once that is in place a quality light fixture will really help display the colors of the fish. I've tried a few different combinations so just see what works for you!
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That's not what I have experianced with my Red Rainbows. I had lower lighting on there tank when I first got them but found that they poped even more with 10k t5's on. I think that the substrate might have some effect on the way that the light effects the fish also. I use a black and white cichlid sand with a blue backround.
My fish do great with 10,000k and blue backgrounds. I still feel like I could go brighter.
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+1 This looks like a good combination of lighting. Any quality food will do the job and as always, keep your water clean.
Hey Mike I'm going to try and get some pics up soon your RRs are doing great!
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Hey Mike I'm going to try and get some pics up soon your RRs are doing great!
Thanks! I would love to see some pics!
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[QUOTE=TylerB;186372]I use a 4 bulb t5 fixture with the following bulbs and really like the results. They make my RRs look amazing and they're still only juvies.

54 watt 12k x 1
54 watt actinic x 1
54 watt 10k x 1
54 watt 8k x 1

Tyler, are these bulbs T5 in a 4 footer or is your fixture (2) 24" T5 bulbs?

If you have the T5 in a 4 footer, how much do they go for each one at the LFS?
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Hey Mike I'm going to try and get some pics up soon your RRs are doing great!
Tyler, please, I'd like to request those pics of thr rr from Mike McGee. Can you post at least one pic with regular room lights & then the next one w/ the lights stated in this thread.

Please post in this thread since it is about the lighting that you mentioned in this thread.

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Does anyone know the kind of light that will bring out the yellow, orange & red in my adult Illangi?
I have 33 wc Ilangis in a 125 gallon with an AquaticLife T5 HO 72 inch light fixture. This fixture comes with eight 39 watt T5 HO bulbs and 6 LED moon lights. It has 2 Actinic, 2 10k, 2 6500k and 2 purple bulbs. The ilangis look awesome. See link below:
http://www.thatpetplace.com/aquaticl...t-fixture-72in
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I use a 4 bulb t5 fixture with the following bulbs and really like the results. They make my RRs look amazing and they're still only juvies.

54 watt 12k x 1
54 watt actinic x 1
54 watt 10k x 1
54 watt 8k x 1

Tyler, are these bulbs T5 in a 4 footer or is your fixture (2) 24" T5 bulbs?

If you have the T5 in a 4 footer, how much do they go for each one at the LFS?
The bulbs are T5 in a four foot fixture so I have four 48 inch bulbs in the fixture. My tank is actually 5 feet long so the light fixture doesn't cover the entire tank but the light is plenty bright to light up the whole tank. The bulbs range in price but are usually around 15-20bucks.
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