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fluorescent lighting ?
i am in the process of setting up my tank, i have a question..i noticed that the lighting for a freshwater tank is normally fluorescent. i dont plan on having live plants in the tank and will be stocking it with cichlids..can i just get some of these inexpensive fluorescent lights from HD or Lowe's? why or why should i not go this route?
Yes you can, but somehow you have to make sure that the bulb is covered to protect it from water evaporation. If you have a glass top on your tank, then you have a few different options on what type of fixture you can get depending on how much work you want to put into it. Just make sure that your bulbs are a temperature of at least 6500K otherwise your tank will look orange and faded. You may have to buy a fixture and a separate bulb.
yes i do have glass tops that will cover the tank, what exactly do you mean when you said about how much work i want to put into it..im a little unclear on that.. the main reason i was thinking of going this way is to possibly save money, i think i can acquire these rather cheap..thanks for your help.
Yes. If you're not planning on having plants you can go with any "color" fluorescent bulb provided the wattage is what the fixture calls for. Even with plants I just use GE daylight bulbs from Menards (Lowes equivalent in my area)
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