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Unleash vibrant coral colors with Orphek Atlantik iCon & OR3 LED: A guide to achieving an outstanding reef tank

Unleash vibrant coral colors with Orphek Atlantik iCon & OR3 LED: A guide to achieving an outstanding reef tank

Unleash vibrant coral colors with Orphek Atlantik iCon & OR3 LED: A guide to achieving an outstanding reef tank

Prepare to be mesmerized as we delve into the captivating world of Korean hobbyist Kim Tae Hwan's remarkable reef tank.

With the extraordinary combination of the Orphek Atlantik iCon lighting solution and the OR3 Blue Plus LED Bar, Kim has unlocked the secret to achieving vibrant coral color and pop like no other.

Join us on this journey of video and photos, exploring also the cutting-edge technology, impressive PAR numbers, and widest spectrum at violet blue cyan offered by Orphek's lighting systems, which have elevated Kim's reef tank to a whole new level of beauty.

Today, his secrets can be yours too!

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General information about this reef aquarium

Reef Aquarium model / size: 65 gallons Redsea Reefer 250 / 90 x 50 x 55 (cm )/36 x 20x 21 (inches)
Lighting Solutions: One unit of Atlantik iCon combined with two units of OR3 90 Blue Plus LED Bars
Additional equipments: 2 x Jebao Rw8/ 2 x Maxpect Zire2K / Deltec 400i skimmer

The video

So get ready to be blown away by an awe-inspiring video presenting our client's breathtaking corals within this mesmerizing reef tank. Once you've experienced the visual marvel, continue scrolling to explore how you too can attain an exceptional reef tank.

Kim's secrets to get such an amazing reef tank

The client's passion for the hobby, his skills, the selection of corals, meticulously controlled parameters, the cascade-shaped layout, and the remarkable health & vibrant coloring of these corals given by our LED lighting solutions are the secret of this impeccable, thriving natural-looking reef aquarium.

The Power of Orphek Atlantik iCon & OR3 LED Bar:

When it comes to coral coloration and pop, the lighting system plays a pivotal role. Orphek's Atlantik iCon and OR3 Blue Plus LED Bar are renowned for their exceptional performance, setting a new standard in the industry. Kim Tae Hwan made an astute choice by incorporating these cutting-edge lighting solutions into his reef tank setup.

The Atlantik iCon, equipped with advanced features and intelligent control, offers unparalleled control over lighting parameters. From color temperature adjustment to customizable intensity and timing, Kim can fine-tune the lighting to mimic natural conditions and optimize coral health and growth.

Adding to the brilliance of the Atlantik iCon, the OR3 Blue Plus LED Bar boasts the highest PAR numbers available in the market. This intense output ensures that corals receive the necessary light energy for efficient photosynthesis, resulting in vibrant pigmentation and exceptional growth.

Kim's ultimate secret is his LED Lighting choice!

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So let's dive deeper into his secret!

Unleashing Vibrant Coral Colors:

One of the most remarkable aspects of Kim's reef tank is the vibrant colors exhibited by his corals. Thanks to the Atlantik iCon and OR3 Blue Plus LED Bar, Kim has achieved a stunning array of hues that captivate the eye.

The wide spectrum provided by the violet blue cyan range of the OR3 Blue Plus LED Bar is instrumental in enhancing coral coloration. This carefully designed spectrum promotes the production of pigments like chlorophyll and carotenoids, which are responsible for the vivid and natural coloration seen in Kim's corals. From brilliant reds and vibrant oranges to striking blues and intense purples, the color palette on display is simply breathtaking.

Furthermore, the exceptional PAR output of the Atlantik iCon ensures that corals receive ample light energy for photosynthesis. This translates into healthy growth and optimal pigment production, resulting in corals that truly pop with life and vibrancy.

PAR (Photosynthetically Active Radiation):

Pigmentation and Coloration: PAR plays a significant role in the pigmentation and coloration of corals. Light within the PAR range influences the production of pigments, such as chlorophyll and carotenoids, which contribute to the vibrant colors displayed by many corals. Insufficient PAR levels can lead to faded or dull colors in corals, whereas appropriate PAR intensity can enhance the vibrancy and richness of their hues.

Growth and Calcification: Corals require sufficient PAR for growth and calcification processes. Light energy captured by zooxanthellae during photosynthesis provides the necessary resources (such as carbohydrates and oxygen) to support coral tissue growth, skeletal development, and the deposition of calcium carbonate. Inadequate PAR levels can hinder these essential processes, leading to stunted growth and compromised skeletal structure.

It's important to note that different species of corals have varying PAR requirements. Some corals, such as SPS (Small Polyp Stony) corals, typically require higher PAR levels, while others, like soft corals, can thrive under lower PAR intensity. Therefore, understanding the specific lighting needs of the coral species in your aquarium is crucial for maintaining their health and promoting optimal growth.

In conclusion, PAR is of utmost importance for growing corals. By providing the right amount of photosynthetically active radiation, aquarists can ensure proper photosynthesis, vibrant coloration, and healthy growth in their reef aquariums.

Atlantik iCon renders impressive PAR measures. You will find the Atlantik iCon coverage and PAR map results over a 48 X 24 X 24 (inches)/ 120 X 60 X 60 (cm) reef aquarium. Kim's tank is a little bit smaller, therefore the readings of his tank will be higher (because of the reflection of the light on the hear back glass). Click on the light below:

Atlantik iCon coverage and PAR Map

Creating an outstanding coral color pop reef tank under the Orphek Atlantik iCon & OR3 LED lighting system requires careful consideration of various factors.

Here are four suggestions to enhance the coral colors in your tank:

  1. Optimal Lighting Spectrum: The Orphek Atlantik iCon & OR3 LED lighting system offers customizable spectrum options. Experiment with different combinations of blue, royal blue, violet, and UV light to find the optimal spectrum that enhances the colors of your corals. Many corals respond well to a combination of blue and violet light, which brings out their fluorescence and vibrant colors.
  2. Adjust Light Intensity: Coral coloration can be influenced by the intensity of light. Monitor your corals closely and adjust the light intensity accordingly. Some corals thrive under higher light intensities, while others prefer lower intensities. Be cautious not to provide excessive light intensity, as it may lead to coral bleaching or damage.
  3. Proper Placement: Different corals have specific lighting requirements based on their species and health. Ensure that you place your corals in appropriate areas of the tank, considering their light preferences. SPS (Small Polyp Stony) corals generally require higher light levels and should be positioned closer to the light source, while LPS (Large Polyp Stony) and soft corals may require less intense light and can be placed in slightly shadier areas.
  4. Light Schedule and Acclimation: Establish a consistent light schedule for your reef tank and gradually acclimate your corals to the new lighting conditions. Abrupt changes in lighting can cause stress to corals. Start with lower light intensity and gradually increase it over several weeks to allow corals to adjust and develop their vibrant colors.

Group of corals according to their main coloration - a showcase to perfection!

So in the next set of photos you will see how corals are showing good health. Polyps are showing signs of growth, and they have developed strong vibrant sharp coloration and incredible density of coral tissue.

Blue coloration in corals

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Tip on Coral Genetics: Select coral species or variants known for exhibiting strong blue coloration. Some corals naturally possess more vibrant blue pigments, while others may require specific environmental conditions or light spectrums to express their blue colors fully.

Mixed color corals

In this next close up picture Kim captured an image that reminded us of a garden blooming. Very beautiful, very artistic!


In the photo gallery below KTH has captured a glimpse of a collection of his red and yellow corals and we can see that they are developing in a very healthy way, showing no signs of fading or bleaching. On the contrary! Corals developed strong vibrant sharp crispy coloration and they are branching out perfectly!

Red and yellow corals


Green corals

The fluorescent color of the green, purple-ish and pink corals are popping out, looking both strongly brilliant and natural. Take a look in the next set of photos!



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Last but not least...

Additionally, and as important as the lighting solutions that you choose and your coral suppliers - maintaining excellent water quality, stable parameters, and providing proper nutrition to your corals contribute to their overall health and coloration. Regularly monitoring and optimization of these factors ensure the best conditions for your corals to display their beautiful colors.

Final note to remember: PAR readings must be amazing and extremely balanced to grow SPS and LPS corals and the best choice is always Orphek Atlantik iCon!

How can I order Orphek Atlantik iCon lights?

Orphek offers you two ways of ordering your Atlantik iCon:

Go to STORE to buy in our online shop

Orphek online shop that is a brand new shopping experience for Orphek products in many languages, many currencies and forms of payment. Our online shop offers free consultancy from our sales representative near your location. We offer Free shipping  – With our Door to Door worldwide Express Delivery.

Latest articles about Atlantik iCon:

Atlantik iCon Applications:

  • SPS/LPS coral reef salted water tanks
  • Designed to enhance beauty of both natural and synthetic compositions!
  • Public venues / Private aquariums
  • Indoors
  • One unit is perfect for 48″ x 30″, 120cm x 75cm SPS/LPS Corals reef aquariums
  • Perfect for giving your tank the natural look, mimicking nature at its fullest
  • Perfect for coral farming

Atlantik iCon comes with incredible features:

  • Intelligent Connectivity – friendly technology, operating through Orphek awesome new App., compatible with both IOS and Android, voice control and many other cool features.
  • Wi-Fi / Bluetooth – with iCloud support, 5G internet connectivity, high speed response, extra data security.
  • 10,000% dimming control system – never offered in the market before!
  • 78 customized high quality, high efficiency 5w Dual-Chip power LEDs – total of 156 individual LEDs Chip.
  • 10 optimized different types of Dual chip 5W wide range LEDs for maximum photochemical efficiency.
  • 26 glass lens for all UV/violet LEDS – no yellowing over the time!
  • Plug and play technology – effortless part’s replacement for simple and easy light maintenance.
  • Pre-installed program for optimal coral pop color & growth
  • Wide convex 120 degree lens
  • Customization: For Deep Aquarium 90 / 60 / 45 / 15 / and 5 degree lens
  • Mean well Fan-less IP65 power supply
  • New additional awesome features for your corals and jellyfish
  • Six separated control and programming channels
  • Pre-installed program for optimal coral pop color & growth
  • New improved heat dissipation and cooling system & 4 fans
  • Improved internal lens to make sure you are getting the best Orphek LEDs!
  • Extra data security

Combine Orphek products with Atlantik iCon:

Atlantik iCon Upgrades

YES! Orphek products are built to last!!
Orphek offers UPGRADE possibility of its systems. That means that you will use the same Atlantik body over and over again! It means that if you have the previous versions of Atlantik you can upgrade to our newest Atlantik model: The Atlantik iCon.

What can you upgrade?

Orphek hanging solutions

Orphek offers many options for hanging/mounting its LED Solutions. Click HERE / HERE and HERE to get to know them!

Special thank you note

Orphek wishes to express its gratitude to Kim Tae Hwan for being such a passionate reefer and an enthusiast of Orphek products.

We also want to thank all the clients who take their time taking awesome photos and sending them to us or to publish them in our social medias.

We would like to invite you to browse our website and participate with your Orphek experience.

Let us know about your tank and share it with other hobbyists in Orphek Facebook Group and Instagram!

Sharing is very easy! All you have to do is to send us the basic information about your tank, usually starting from the beginning (when you started your tank), what are you running in the tank, the living creatures you have in your tank and of course, pictures of the tank and of your corals.