So, as many of you know I am going to do this LED thing. I have read and read.... and read. Now that I have chosen my fixture I am stuck with 2 choices. The AI Sol Super Blue or the AI SOL Super white. I am sick of sifting through posts at reef central so... lets bring more of this discussion over to Captive Reefs!
I am reading about people modifying the Sol Blue because it is too white for their taste. I started my tank back in November with a "20K" MH lamp that was cheap and looked a lot like a 12K or so. I have been getting accustom to my new T5 set up which looks closer to a 14K or even really 20K. I think it is a bit too blue and so I have some "fiji purple" in there to make it a bit warmer. I love the all actinic look SOMETIMES, like maybe for the night or first thing in the morning. This is pulling me towards the Sol BLue. However, I am reading people are adding "warm white leds" because it is just too blue and washes out their reds and yellows. This is pulling me to the Sol White. WHY WHY WHY is there no happy medium? I wish AI would make it so you could order a "sol Blue" with like 1/2 the royal blues and half warm white.
So here I am conflicted. I need pictures and videos... Tom (CalmSeasQuest) has been very helpful thus far but below I have linked his side by side shot of both... I think the white is too warm . . . and the blue is way too blue. I know you can like super control these fixtures to make them look warm to cold.. but how do you pick between the two? The whites have more par... but the blues have more par deeper . . . I want to look at my tank and say, wow that looks like the ocean only a "tad" bluer. Not wow that looks like a smurf dissolved in the water...or who that looks like I am blasting the tank with m mag light lol.
Help me please, am I over-thinking this? I am a woman so that is possible.
Biggest thing is I don't want to pay 1200$ for my 2 fixtures (and stuff they need to run) and then have to fork out more money to "Mod" it so I can stand looking at them. That would be SO NOT COOL.
Any and ALL input is welcome here, we need a good long LED thread CR! Bring it.
Pic as promised, Tom if you don't like that I linked your photo tell me and I will nix it, hope its ok though.