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LIGHTS: What Kelvin (color temp) are you using?
I have been playing around with different lighting and was wondering what Kelvin (color temp) people are using.

So far my favorite has been 10,000k. It is a slightly bluer light that is normally used in reef tanks but it makes the greens in my tank glow. And since it simulates a filtered light, my guess lower/medium light plants enjoy it like they would under a canopy of trees.

I have also been using 'daylight' CFLs on my exo terra tanks, which I think are 6500k or 6700k.

On my aquariums I use 10,000K for the color enhancements and 5000k for the plant growth.

I have also used 5500k in the past and got really nice growth, but the lights looked too yellow to me.
Ive used a combo of 8K and 10k and also 10k and 12k supe white on my HOT5's. Now im mostly LEDs from Todd so its his color temp of 6,900K
I use a 50/50 mix of cool white (10000K) and neutral white (6000K-ish), or a mix of 1/3 each cool white, neutral white, and warm white (3700K) leds on mine. I like the 10000K in the mix, but I like the additional warmth of the others as well (and I'm sure the plants do too).
As natural as possible, about 6400-6700K.
Darts with parasites are analogous to mixed tanks, there are no known benefits to the frogs with either.

If tone is more important to you than content, you are at the wrong place.

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I use mostly 6500K with the exception of any UV lights.

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