01-21-2009, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
Fish should not be in total dark? Is this in regards to saltwater fish or all fish? (My tank is fresh) I'd love to leave my moonlight on all night but I thought my fish needed the dark *down time*??
You don't have to have moonlights, but as Pasfur said, If givesa whole nother feel. In SW tank you'll get things growing naturally like mysis, amphipods and soforth and you don't want to shine a light into the tank as it'll cause them to scurry off most of the time. Now if they are use to the light then they may not, but with moonlights, they just ignore it and go on with life. I love it and built my own DIY moonlights from scratch.
I've been at work up until now
I agree with Pasfur on the lighting. It comes down to your prefrences. I use a metal hailide system. 2 175watt 14,000k hamilton on my 55g reef and my corals are loveing it. I have SPS in my system and a few Softies too. i don't have any LPS for some reason. I don't currently have any 10,000k PAR in my tank and my bulbs are blue. Everything like it enough to grow so i'm not too conserned with this.
The only issue i have is the heat they give off. If you're wanting something higher in wattage, then be ready for heat more heat then these give off. T5's give low heat and are great. I know of many fellow reefers that use them and are very happy with them. You have many choices, and with T5's they give you even more options because of the different bulb combination you can create.