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Lighting for FH tanks
Topic Started: Oct 13 2016, 07:29 AM (351 Views)
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I was wondering what the appropriate light set up for fh tank is. Right now I have an 8 watt LED reading light over my aquarium. It's turned on for at least 15 hours a day. I don't know if it's built for that kind of usage or whether it's supplying the proper light to the tank. I was thinking of getting a proper light for my tank, but I've no idea what kind of light to get or how many watts it should be.
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I have switched my tanks to LED lighting. I turn them on in the evening when I get home around 5 and turn them off at around 10, they receive daylight during the rest of the hours. Look on amazon and ebay, some pretty good deals out there for LEDs
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Thank you as usual, Redd! I have to keep mine turned on for most of the day because the tank is in a position where it doesn't get any sunlight, I only turn them off when I go to bed. I think it would be wise to invest in proper lighting since the lamp only lights up half of the tank while the rest is only half lit.

On a side note, I'm happy to say that Sparky's finnages are starting to grow back somewhat. They're definitely longer than they were a few days ago and he's been moving around more, which I'll take as a good sign.
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Oct 13 2016, 10:07 AM
.. the tank is in a position where it doesn't get any sunlight..
You do not want any direct sunlight reaching tank because of temperature effect and it will possibly cause algae blooms. Indirect room sunlight is fine it's all good . If your room has no windows, can run lights around 10-12 hours a day.
In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep it simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. - Tao Te Ching
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It's quite the opposite in fact. My room has a giant window it's like 6 foot across. It just so happens that the aquarium is at an angle where it doesn't get direct sunlight.

I plan to get a Dymax LED light REX lighting from my lfs for around $60. It comes with a white and blue light. It looks pretty good to me.
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I don't have that brand, but its the same general principle. That style looks good on my tanks.
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