Choosing the right fish tank light for your fish tank is of paramount importance if your fish tank is to be fully functional and exciting. To determine the right lighting for your fish tank you will have to consider the following:
- What you are keeping in the fish tank
- What it’s depth
- The amount of heat the lighting will give out
- Your tastes
One lamp will be all you may need if all you have in your small fish tank are a few fish. Even though you may need just a single lamp, it is also worthwhile to note that the fish will need lighting at certain regulated times. Too much lighting will mean that the fish will not have enough time to rest, while very little lighting will also make the fish listless and they may end up losing color.
To achieve the best results, in this case, one lamp with a timer to switch it on and off at stipulated times, preferably every 12 hours, would be the best. Remember that lamps that emit more red do illuminate the fish better. The preferable kind of lighting for this kind of fish tank would be incandescent lighting. This type of lighting will offer various colors and bulb strengths.
A deep fish tank will need more lighting, as obviously you will have a larger area to light. This kind of fish tank will require intense lighting and the best kind of light for it would be the metal halide as opposed to other types. They give light in wavelengths that encourage photosynthesis. A compact bulb would be a suitable option for this kind of fish tank. They are economical and last very long. They can be replaced after 2+ years, which is a sufficient period.
If you happen to have only plants in your fish tank you have to be extra careful in choosing the correct lighting. Failure to do this is one of the common reasons as to the poor growth or total failure in growing plants. Choose a lamp that is deliberately designed to emit red wavelength light which is similar to the light of the sun. Use an actinic light combined with daylight light which proves excellent results.
Finally, after putting all the above into consideration, as usual, the cost of the lamp or lighting will come into play. The amount of money you have in your budget will determine the kind of light that you choose. Consider the cost of replacing the bulbs, as you will have to replace them at some point. Ensure that the bulbs you buy are economical now and in the future.
A well-lit fish tank means healthier fish and plants. These make up the beauty of a blossoming fish tank. Your plants and fish will respond to the right lighting and all of you will live happily ever after. Lights which are good for plants also bring out the colors of the fish, so you will take great pleasure in seeing them at their very best.
The Importance of the Fish Tank Night Light Lamp.
Fish Tank Light:
- Light lamps with plants are different than for all fish tanks.
- Can last as long as house plants if cared for properly.
- Can be done in several ways but by far the most popular method is using fluorescent lights.
- Fluorescent lights give an even spread of light across the full length of the fish tank and specialist fish tank lights of this type enhance the color of the fish as well as simply lighting the fish tank.
- Timers help to regulate lighting times and thus control algae growth.
These devices help to adjust the presence and absence of light. Fish tank light bulbs come in a range of types, spectra, and intensities. Make your selection according to the fish tank capacity and the types of aquatic life you have. Fish tank Lighting is one of the most important parts of a successful reef fish tank or planted freshwater fish tank. It is also amongst the most confusing and misunderstood of all fish tank supplies and equipment.
Choosing the proper size fixture and replacement tubes/bulbs can also be a challenge, especially months later when you may have to replace a bulb and have forgotten what size you originally purchased. Be sure to keep the proper information in a handy place, and if possible take your old bulb along when you are going out for a replacement. Remember, even though we may like to sleep in the dark, not all fish do!
The lighting in your fish tank is very important for two reasons. Most importantly it is needed to the health and well-being of the fish and plants living in it. But it is also important from an aesthetic point of view. A fish tank can be a large and imposing piece of equipment, and without appropriate lighting, it can look dull and uninteresting.
So there are two main questions to be answered about fish tank lighting. One is how much lighting do you need and the other is what type of lamps should you go for.
As mentioned above, the quantity of lighting depends on what you are keeping in the fish tank and its depth. If you are only keeping cold water fish and only a few, or no plants then you will only need a single lamp. Tropical fish tanks, which always look best when they have a lush planting of fish tank plants, will require more lighting. In this case, you could either use more lamps, or ones that have more output.
Marine fish tanks containing coral, or invertebrates, require the highest amount of light and would, therefore, need either three or more standard lamps, or the use of high output lamps. The depth of the fish tank will also affect the required light levels, obviously, the deeper the fish tank the more lighting you will need to penetrate to the bottom.
The most common type of lamps used in fish tanks is fluorescent tubes. They come in varying lengths and wattages, but the main two types used in fish tank lighting are T8s (1″ in diameter) and T5s (5/8″ in diameter). The smaller T5s are available in a high output version which output approximately one and a half that of a standard T8.
This means that for cold-water fish tanks, small fish tanks, or fish tanks with few plants the standard T8 fluorescent tube would be fine. Whereas if you have a tropical fish tank, you may be best going for a couple of T5s.The intensity of the light from the fluorescent tube can be improved by using reflectors, to focus more of the light into the fish tank.
The other main type of lamp used in fish tank lighting is metal halide. These types of lamp have a much higher output than the fluorescent tubes and are therefore more suitable for use in the marine fish tanks, where the inhabitants are used to living in areas with intense light, or in very large fish tanks. These are generally much more expensive than the fluorescent tubes, but give out a more ’natural’ light.
You may even decide what to get the visual effect you desire, that you want to use a combination of both fluorescent tubes and metal halide lamps.
It is also worth remembering that most aquatic life forms are accustomed to a photo-period of 12 hours light and 12 hours dark. To this end, you could employ a timer switch at the socket to automate this process, or in some of the more expensive metal halide systems, you can get computer-assisted functions that replicate the current lunar cycle, which believed to influence the spawning of corals.
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