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What lighting works best?

12 years 8 months ago #10486 by rm-slover
Replied by rm-slover on topic What lighting works best?
There are other companies that make lunar type lights you can look into like marina.  I also know of people who used LED lights for moon lights and those work well too.

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12 years 8 months ago #10462 by addicted2cichlid
i use a gutted shop light with two t5 high outputs i tapped in.  one is powerglo, the other is a life glo, ive noticed powerglos make colors pop, i have a 2ft one of my 20long with the n.pulchers.

use tops for sure unless u are gonna hang it above the tank like a solid 10" or higher, with no tops evaporation will soak the bulb and it will get corroded, or worse.  i have no top on my pirhana tank but the light sits on 2 4x4's on each side.

girl picked up at bar:  oh wow u have alot of fishies in here, arent they supposed to be gold, like goldfish...  why arent these ones gold, oh that one is so ugly, why would u have more than one tank....  (she carried on for about 10 mins).

me:  please get out of my house.

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12 years 8 months ago #10461 by duanest
Replied by duanest on topic What lighting works best?
I use shop lights, and end up replacing them (the entire fixture)about once every year or 2 because of corrosion. But at the price (especially if you get them on sale) it's not a problem. Best to check cord length, sometimes they come out of the box with barely a 12" electrical cord, not good.

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12 years 8 months ago #10460 by dragonkeeper
I would still use the tops as the moisture and any fish splashes could cause a major problem with the electrical system. This also creates a fire hazard.

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12 years 8 months ago #10455 by Hurriken
Replied by Hurriken on topic What lighting works best?

Adding 2 4ft florescentlights would be a hlep, just make sure that the light is able to get into the tank by using glass tops instead of the hood fixtures for the lights.

The color spectrum is something to look at when choosing bulbs. I dont remember what kind are best, but I know that the 10000K are considered daylight bulbs are are commonly used for plants.


I was thinking about not using no tops at all. Would that be a problem? Corrosion or electrical danger perhaps? For a 55g I was thinking 1 two bulb 4 ft shop light would be good. I also want to add moon lights and probably a small light for feeding time. I have read that some peaople disassemble the shop lights and put the ballasts outside of the tank. Unless there is a chance it is dangerous I'd like to mount the ballasts in the canopy.

Of course my wife thinks the bathroom remodeling job has more priority than the canopy but we will see.

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12 years 8 months ago #10447 by rm-slover
Replied by rm-slover on topic What lighting works best?
Sorry I must have missed this one.

I have always wanted to put a shop light in a canopy but never got to it.

Adding 2 4ft florescentlights would be a hlep, just make sure that the light is able to get into the tank by using glass tops instead of the hood fixtures for the lights.

The color spectrum is something to look at when choosing bulbs. I dont remember what kind are best, but I know that the 10000K are considered daylight bulbs are are commonly used for plants.

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12 years 8 months ago #10435 by Hurriken
Replied by Hurriken on topic What lighting works best?
If I may I'd like to bump this. I figure some of you have ideas.

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12 years 9 months ago #9905 by Hurriken
I have a 4' tank with Tangs. I have flashlights better than the lights that came with it! I want to build a canopy and am trying to decide what to use for lights. I want lights for viewing but I'm not growing plants. I was thinking about using a shop light and then putting in a more appropriate bulb like ~6500K. Any thoughts?

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