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MrBishop 12-07-2009 07:01 AM

Best sort of lighting?
 
Hi all

Whats the best sort of lighting to have on my tank...also what is low profile light / lighting?
i heard that being thrown around yesterday and didn't know what it meant. lol.

Angel079 12-07-2009 09:12 AM

Sorta depends what size tank you're having? I guess you have a planted tank?
Then I'd go for a mix of 2 florescent bulbs (if you can, depending on your tank) a full spectrum and/ or a daylight that's somewhere's around 6500K.
If you only got room for 1 bulbs (like my 10g for example) I use daylight only. Just let me warm you, if you have something like a "Plantbulbs" on there now that's usually rated around 2500K and exchange it for daylight, like in my 10g the Java moss EXPLODED.
In short what you want to do ideally in a tank is mimic the sunlight, so you need a high Kelvin rating and a lights ideally that's more "blue" in color then giving of red's.
Also a fact that is often neglected: Not only does the correct light help your plants to be healthy & thrive, but it also makes your fish coloration look a thousand times better.

Hope this helps ya for the moment. I'm sure Byron will be around today to explain this in even more detail to you.

MoneyMitch 12-07-2009 12:27 PM

lighting is a way overthought topic on this forum, im not even going to go into all the detail of why or even how lights work with plants and all that. if your looking for a "low profile" light go with compact florecents. or you could always get a double floruo fixture and buy a canopy for your tank to cover that. if i were you i would have around 80-100 watts of lighitng over your tank, you dont need to worrie about kelven or lumens or anything like that just get a light that is in your budget and gives the color you want. most ALL floro tubes out there are GREAT for growing plants evenb the ones at wal mart that are meant to light your home. they will do just as good as the stupid exspensive ones.

Angel079 12-07-2009 12:48 PM

Actually I get my daylight 4ft'ers at Lowes for like $2 and not the $$$ at the petstore....

MoneyMitch 12-07-2009 12:54 PM

they are basically the same thing except on says aquarium on it and the other doesnt..... im telling you aquariumn is the million dollar word :O

Angel079 12-07-2009 03:46 PM

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Originally Posted by MoneyMitch (Post 286283)
they are basically the same thing except on says aquarium on it and the other doesnt..... im telling you aquariumn is the million dollar word :O

Yup they sure are...just take the normal screw in bulbs for the smaller tank eg. 10g....at my LFS these "Aquarium" bulbs cost me $8 a piece....same bulbs with (IMO) a better light output (not the red dingy looking crap) cost me like $2-3 for a 2-pack....
And the same with the florescent 4ft'er bulbs...I donno I pers rather get something that works for my plants, my fish color's and my eyes AND the $ safed goes into my fish and their foods :-)

willieturnip 12-07-2009 03:50 PM

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Originally Posted by MoneyMitch (Post 286283)
they are basically the same thing except on says aquarium on it and the other doesnt..... im telling you aquariumn is the million dollar word :O

Try telling that to ANY reef keeper (including me)..

WisFish 12-07-2009 05:42 PM

There's also a CRI value on a bulb which basically indicates the quality of the light. But I've found that if I don't tell my plants they're getting a cheap bulb they don't seem to know the difference. :-)

MrBishop 12-07-2009 06:05 PM

man you guys confuse me with all this "Fish" talk. im sorry but you going to have to elaborate on things... treat me like you average 5 year old because i know hardly anything about this fish business :-P

well my tank isnt a 10 gal its a 65, and theres two tube lights in it. i dont know why but one is a really neon blue colour and the other is like a normal yellow-ish colour... maybe its to give the tanks good look.

Heres some pics to help.

Ive open'd the flaps so you can see lights.

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/560/img0456.jpghttp://img707.imageshack.us/img707/i...jpg/1/w640.png

And with the lights On!

http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/1513/img0457n.jpghttp://img710.imageshack.us/img710/i...jpg/1/w640.png

Angel079 12-07-2009 07:56 PM

You can take 'em out and look on the sides, it'll give you a name and info such as watt's on it there.
Judging from the pic's this is a good light mixture because you have the "blue" that resembles the daylight and the "orange" that some plants also need.
Personally I always put the blue'ish/ higher lights in the back and the 'softer red' in the front - Just a pers preference when viewing my fish :-)


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