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cullens089 08-12-2007 01:24 PM

moonlights
 
what are moonlights? just blue lights? i know there used for nocturnal fish. any info would be nice

Gump 08-12-2007 01:38 PM

moon lights are little blue leds that give the appearance of moon light in the water. Their not just for nocturnal fish.

serpaekeeper45 08-12-2007 01:58 PM

i know this is som1 elses post, but can you just get them at your lfs? like petco?

Amphitrite 08-12-2007 02:20 PM

I haven't seen them for sale in any of the LFS round my way, but you can find some pretty good deals on eBay :)

cullens089 08-12-2007 04:00 PM

oh they sell em at my lfs i was just wanted some more info on them

Gump 08-12-2007 06:21 PM

They have them at my lfs and ebay and most fish supply retailers online have them as well.

jim21 08-12-2007 11:40 PM

I bought mine online from a guy that claims his spectrum of light is as close to actual moonlight as you can get. It's made of blue LEDs and I attached the light strip to my standard hood. I run them for a couple hours at night after the main lights turn off. I figure if nothing else it's nice to have to allow the fish some time to transition into a sleeping area. I really haven't seen any benefit since adding it aside from it looks GREAT at night! On that note, I haven't seen any negative aspects from adding it either. I've attached a pic and can PM you the site I purchased from if needed.

http://fishforum.com/userpix/2562_IMG_0011a_1.jpg
Pic is of the 29 gallon with a 10" moonlight (9 LEDs).

Hope that helps,
-jim

cullens089 08-13-2007 04:20 PM

would just regular blue lights do the same or would it have to be led? ive seen ppl use black lights does that even do anythin? or just looks?

Gump 08-13-2007 09:26 PM

I would just use leds. 1 they use about a watt a month and 2 you can get them a lot weaker than a black light or blue light.

jim21 08-13-2007 09:38 PM

If you are trying to truely reproduce natural moonlight I dont think the regular lights will work. The reason I went with LEDs is because they are supposed to be extremely close to the natural moon light. Specifically, 5mm 6000mcd wide angle super bright, 470nm wavelength LEDs. Moon lights need to be wide angle to cover wider range than the normal LED lights. LEDs are known as very directional, having a wider angle helps recreate the natural spectrum of moon light. This can be achieved using almost any color LED, it just seems most people prefer the blue (as I did). I think I might try white for the new tank.

And was mentioned, LEDs do consume less energy.

Hope this helps,
-jim


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