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post #1 of 7 Old 04-04-2010, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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Question Blacklight/whitelight combination

Hi all,

I am currently running two 18" 15w White day glow bulbs in my aquarium but am looking at changing one of them to a 18" 15w Blacklight, to enhance and add some character to the water.

Was just wondering what effect this would have on the fish and plants and if it would harm them in any way?

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-04-2010, 03:59 AM
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What kind of plants do you have? Black light is UV light, so I would probably be wary of using it all day long.

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-04-2010, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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I have a mixture of plants at the moment, sorry know that doesnt help, what plants would be less harmed to UV light then?!

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UV light occurs in the short end of the spectrum with wavelengths of 300-350 nm (nanometers). Plants cannot use this because they only use light between (roughly) 400 and 700 nm, with chlorophyll most effective at capturing light around 650-675 nm. The blue light (400-500 nm) is used because it is most plentiful under water, since blue light travels farther through water and will therefore be stronger than the red.

Peter Hiscock warns that UV light will break down many nutrients, which is detrimental to the plants.

Aside from this, I would be concerned for the fish. Powerful UV sources present a hazzard to our eyes and skin; the fish would certainly be as susceptible. I would not risk this.

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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]
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I would stay away also from the black light.
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-08-2010, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,

Cheers for all the advice, glad I didnt go straight out now and buy a tube. Have deciced that I am going to stick with the white lights for the day and purchase some blue LED lights for the evening/night.

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Hi,

Cheers for all the advice, glad I didnt go straight out now and buy a tube. Have deciced that I am going to stick with the white lights for the day and purchase some blue LED lights for the evening/night.

M
Just in case you're thinking it, a note that plants and fish require some total darkness. Ten hours is natural for them from the tropics. Just ensure that they have close to this of complete darkness. Not having a period of total darkness affects the fish, and may affect plants too depending upon the light type.

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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]
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