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aunt kymmie 08-27-2008 01:43 PM

Blinded by new lighting.....
Sorry for the duplicate post but really need an opinion from someone:

Based on suggestions I was given here in this forum I have purchased new lighting for my tank.
My current set up came with marine lighting and I wanted a planted tank so new lights were ordered so my plants would love me.

The fixtures arrived today, a day early. (I love my Fed Ex driver!)
Just for fun I turned off the lighting in my office and turned on just one of the light fixtures. Holy Moly! It's nearly blinding. I know the plants are simply going to thrive with this new lighting but now I'm worried about my fish!
Are they going to be able to handle this incredible brightness?? What would be the best way to acclimate them? Am I worrying unnecessarily?

Thanks for any and all input! kym

ScarFish 08-27-2008 01:47 PM

My lighting was like that at first, give it some time and the bulbs will burn in and dim.

jeaninel 08-27-2008 02:30 PM

Also, if you provide some floating plants the fish will have an area shaded from the bright lights.

aunt kymmie 08-27-2008 03:09 PM

Floating plants are a great idea but my tank would have a problem with that and I'm not sure how to solve it. The tank has a built in wet/dry filter. On the back of the tank along the bottom are the *holes* where the water comes out. In the back at the far upper left corner is where the intake is. It's an area roughly 6" across with an adjustable plate with *slots* where the water pours in.

Even on a low setting the water moves in at a pretty good rate. Anything floating on top of the tank (the anacharis) gets sucked up to this slot and if the item is too large to get sucked into the slots it stays stuck to the slot. Then the water slows to a trickle and then big blasts of air bubbles start spitting out the holes at the back of the tank.

Any idea how I'd anchor something to *float* on the top??

Laura Jager 09-04-2008 07:08 AM

I also have a wet/dry trickle filter and understand that it's difficult to have plants floating at the top of the tank. Some suggestions for strong lighting is to put in some rock caves in the tank if at all possible. This will allow the fish to find shelter or shade with the strong lights. I have a T5 which is very strong; however my plants love it and as soon as the plants start to grow, the fish can take cover under the leaves. If you start to experience a lot of algae, just make sure you don't run the light as long. I hope this is helpful to you.
Laura :wink:

aunt kymmie 09-04-2008 03:09 PM

Thanks for the info. It's impossible to have anything float on the top of this kind of tank. Good for the filtration, tho. As it ends up I have enough driftwood in there that all the fish were fine and the bulbs did "burn in" so it's all good. These new lights are making my plants grow like crazy. Okiemavis suggested them and she was right on the money!

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