Lighting for my aquarium - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
CinBos's Avatar
 
Lighting for my aquarium

I have been through 3 different types of lighting, and I still cannot find the perfect lighting.

Let me first say that I am not going the LED route, just not in my budget at the moment.

I have have used Full Spectrum by Aqueon, Colormax by Aqueon, and Actinic by Coralife. I cannot find the one that I am happy with.

The Colormax, I did like, but I find myself getting bored with it. I kind of want that Blue tint look in my tank.

How would 10000k by Coralife look?

I just dont want to have to keep buying these lights and retuning them the next day, it gets tedious.
Is there a good site for comparisons? So I can see what these tanks look like with the actual lights on.

125Gal: 7 Silver Dollars, 1 Albino BN Plecos, 1 Green Terror, 1 Gold Severum, Red Severum, 8 Rio Cahals, and 2 Festivum

55Gal: 3 German Blue Rams, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Super Red Pleco, 9 Bloodfin Tetras, and 9 Oto Catfish

29Gal: Quarentine/Hospital Tank

20Gal: Female Pastel Ball Python
CinBos is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
CinBos's Avatar
 
Any help, would be greatly appreciated.

125Gal: 7 Silver Dollars, 1 Albino BN Plecos, 1 Green Terror, 1 Gold Severum, Red Severum, 8 Rio Cahals, and 2 Festivum

55Gal: 3 German Blue Rams, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Super Red Pleco, 9 Bloodfin Tetras, and 9 Oto Catfish

29Gal: Quarentine/Hospital Tank

20Gal: Female Pastel Ball Python
CinBos is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 10:38 AM
Member
 
1077's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CinBos View Post
Any help, would be greatly appreciated.
The 10,000 K would give the blue hue you seek, but would do very little for plant's .(can't remember if you have plant's ).
some of the plant guru's on other sites claim plant's will do well under any lighting so long as it's not too much for particular application,(low tech,high tech CO2 injection) but
I have the best result's with full
spectrum after much expierimenting.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
1077 is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
CinBos's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1077 View Post
The 10,000 K would give the blue hue you seek, but would do very little for plant's .(can't remember if you have plant's ).
some of the plant guru's on other sites claim plant's will do well under any lighting so long as it's not too much for particular application,(low tech,high tech CO2 injection) but
I have the best result's with full
spectrum after much expierimenting.
Yeah I do have some plants, but it consist of Java Moss, Anubias, and Water Sprite, all needing low to moderate light. So really whichever lighting I do settle with, my plants should be just fine. I guess I will go by the store and try out the 10,000k bulbs. Tired of going back and forth for the lights, and returning them everytime I am not happy with them.

Any good sites you can suggest for lighting?

125Gal: 7 Silver Dollars, 1 Albino BN Plecos, 1 Green Terror, 1 Gold Severum, Red Severum, 8 Rio Cahals, and 2 Festivum

55Gal: 3 German Blue Rams, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Super Red Pleco, 9 Bloodfin Tetras, and 9 Oto Catfish

29Gal: Quarentine/Hospital Tank

20Gal: Female Pastel Ball Python
CinBos is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 10:50 AM
Member
 
1077's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CinBos View Post
Yeah I do have some plants, but it consist of Java Moss, Anubias, and Water Sprite, all needing low to moderate light. So really whichever lighting I do settle with, my plants should be just fine. I guess I will go by the store and try out the 10,000k bulbs. Tired of going back and forth for the lights, and returning them everytime I am not happy with them.

Any good sites you can suggest for lighting?
I purchase nearly all of my supplies at Doctor'sFosterSmith.com

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
1077 is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 11:27 AM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Trial is sometimes the only way; even tubes by different manufacturers having the same K rating [which is the colour temperature, or how we perceive the tube's colour] will be slightly different. Some stores will let you return tubes; if you have a good local fish store that knows you and you regularly use them they might.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
CinBos's Avatar
 
I'm not gonna lie. Just went out on lunch and bought the 10,000k by Coralife, I think I found it! Feel like I'm looking at my aquarium in HD. Everything is much clearer, and I kept one side of the tank lit by the Colormax, I feel like I can barely see anything on the colormax side. Its just so dark, and shadow like. Very happy with the 10,000K. I will be running to the store to get another 24" 10,000K. I think I still may try to find some blue christmas lights to line the interior of the balast with so I can get more of a blue tint. But I will just keep the blue lights on constantatly for night time viewing.

Does anyone think that the blue christmas lights will light up the tank enough for night time viewing? Cause when I bought the actinic lights by Coralife, I felt like thos would be perfect for night time viewing, but that would then mean I would have to by a completely different light fixture and also spend more money on the light bulbs themselves.

125Gal: 7 Silver Dollars, 1 Albino BN Plecos, 1 Green Terror, 1 Gold Severum, Red Severum, 8 Rio Cahals, and 2 Festivum

55Gal: 3 German Blue Rams, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Super Red Pleco, 9 Bloodfin Tetras, and 9 Oto Catfish

29Gal: Quarentine/Hospital Tank

20Gal: Female Pastel Ball Python

Last edited by CinBos; 06-29-2012 at 01:06 PM.
CinBos is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 06:53 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Just remember that fish need total darkness for several hours each night. As do plants for that matter.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 06-29-2012, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
CinBos's Avatar
 
Yeah I dont plan to do it now. It was just a thought but thanks for the heads up. Just put in the other 10,000K coralife bulb, I'm definitly more happy with it.
Posted via Mobile Device
CinBos is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Lighting in my aquarium? Seanmiller09 Beginner Planted Aquarium 2 01-27-2011 06:11 AM
Aquarium Lighting? Jo Freshwater and Tropical Fish 3 10-25-2008 12:05 PM
aquarium lighting sinadyan Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 4 05-27-2008 07:41 PM
aquarium lighting nfederick Saltwater Aquarium Equipment 12 02-13-2007 02:34 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome