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Lighting for Tank
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February 02, 2002 - 12:52 pm
I have a question for you. There are all kinds of lights
out there. What kind is best to use and why so many choices?
The one that I hve now on my 55 gal. is kind of pinkish.
I have cichlids and an oscar. Any suggestions?
February 02, 2002 - 01:11 pm
i like clear, natural light. The ones that Badman recommends
on his site are the ones that I went with.
I had blue tinted before, and it doesn't do my cichlids
coloration justice. The white shows colors best.
February 02, 2002 - 04:36 pm
David, IMO the first question you should ask yourself is
what do you want the light to do? Do you want to grow plants?
Do you want to show off the fish's iridescence? Do you
want it to look like the sun is shining down on it? And
most of all... How much do you want to spend?
February 05, 2002 - 12:37 am
Steve has it right on.. that info's important. Most
of the more expensive lights are for growing FW plants or
for growing reef animals, which demand a huge amount of
light and light of a certain quality and intensity. If you
just want a nice natural look to your fish, go with an ordinary
NO (normal output flourescent) full spectrum bulb.
Be aware that all bulbs lose 50% of their output after 6
months of use, and this sometimes contributes to the pinkish
hue you are seeing (I wouldn't go to the trouble
of buying an expensive replacement bulb every half year
just for a non-planted tank, personally, but that's
February 05, 2002 - 05:07 pm
Great. Thanks for all the help. I have no live plants so
I will just go with the cheeper bulbs. Thats good because
some of those can be very expensive. I was in the local
store the other day and the fish they had were just glowing.
So I bought one of them and took it homw and it didn't
look nearly as good. When I went back to the pet store I
looked at the light hood and it was a new type that is out.
But it costs about $250 just for the light hood for a 50
gal. tank. Ouch.
February 05, 2002 - 08:41 pm
Is that for a PC (power compact) light? If so, those
do run expensive, but in my opinion, those, VHO (very
high output) or MH (metal halide) are just not
necessary for someone with a fish-only tank. If I were you,
I'd just change the bulbs, maybe they are very old,
and it's that degradative quality of the light losing
output that's causing the fish to look more bland? You
can buy cheap replacement bulbs at Home Depot which should
bring out their natural colors again, at a fraction of what
they would cost new for brand names at a pet store.