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I'm a "newbie" to my brackish/African tank...I do have a very established 29 gallon freshwater tank but need advice on my new setup. The fluorescent lighting that came with my 55 gallon is extremely bright. We have some small cichlids but no live plants. Can anyone give me some advice as to what kind of lighting would soften the look of my tank but still be adequate to the health of my fish?
Lighting adds nothing to your fish's health. If you don't have plants, it is for your viewing pleasure only.
Is it really brackish, or just buffered - hard and alkaline - for your African cichlids? The only brackish cichlids I know of are orange chromides, and they are Asian, not African...
Your lights will dim as they age, just don't replace them every 6 months as you would for a planted tank. They will also dim as minerals deposit or algae grows on the underside of the hood. "The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve." --- Albert Schweitzer