Best lighting for a non-planted tank
I was reading that fish like dark surroundings and dimly lit water because they show their best colors and are less stressed. That's strike two for me, I have white gravel and 2 fluorescent lights. I want to get darker gravel but I don't know what kind of light to get. I have a 10 gallon with a hood that has two bulb spots in it. Incandescent lights to me look yellow. Does anyone have any ideas.
Welcome to the forum! Glad to see you are making an effort to make your fish more comfortable. Comfortable fish are happy and pretty fish.
I'm no expert on lights, but I do know that you can get artificial plants to float. That will help diffuse any light that you have and make the fish look better. I have floating plants in all of my tanks. I really do think it makes a difference.
Im curious. What type of plant? I've only seen ones with a base attached to the bottom
I think you can remove the base from some of them and let them float. I don't really know the exact ones to look for, tho. I've never used fake plants.
You could solve two issues with some simple live floating plants. The benefit of live plants to the water quality and thus fish health cannot be overstated. For a 10g, the easiest would be Brazilian Pennywort; it is a stem plant but it grows very nice floating. As Izzy said, fish are always more relaxed, less stressed, and thus more colourful with a "roof" over them.
For the light, whatever you decide about the above, I suggest two Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. If you go with the live plant, two 10w will work; without the plant, two 5w (if you can find them). For good fish colour, "daylight" bulbs with a rating of 6500K (K for kelvin, the measurement for the colour of the light produced). I use the GE Daylight 6500K CFLs, you can get them at hardware and similar type stores.
And welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.:-D
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