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Aquarium Lighting

The most important part of setting up an aquarium be it, Tropical, Marine and or Coral Reef, you must pick the proper lighting for your tank. The proper lighting is very crucial for all marine life while the proper lighting is essential the beauty of your tank. First you need to decide what type of tank you are going to set up, Marine or Coral Reef, also what you are going to add to the tank. Because taking the time to choose the right lighting for your tank can ensure the success of your saltwater tank.

Fluorescent Lighting:

If you are planning to set up a marine fish tank only you can use almost any of the fluorescent light bulbs available for aquariums. Marine fish do not need high intense lighting to survive, so you can use the basic tank top lights that come with any tropical aquarium.

These are actually the least expensive lights you can buy for aquariums. They also have a pretty long lifespan sometimes as long as 20,000 hours.They emit very little heat and this is very important for maintaining water temperature.You can also mix and match different wattage's and types of bulbs to get various coloration's in your tank.

If you decide to add reef life to your tank this type of lighting will not provide enough lighting for them to survive. Because this basic fluorescent light is not enough light for corals and other types of marine life, you will need to by specialized bulbs. They do have various kind of bulbs with specialized coatings that were developed for the printing industry that will emit very high in the blue range. This type of lighting is very good for deep water corals, but you will not be able to see the vivid colors of the rest of your tank.

Compact Fluorescent Lighting:

This type of lighting comes in various shapes and sizes. The power is at one end of the fixture and the ballast is built into it.The output of an 18watt bulb is equivalent to a 75-watt house bulb. So if you are setting up a reef tank you which are available at 5,000k daylight and 7,100k actinic. you can purchase these types of lighting with fan cooled hoods. These are best used in smaller tanks due to they are not available in high wattage's. This is the one of the best type of set ups for a reef only tank due to it gives you the blue lights you need for coral.

Metal Halide Lighting:

These tungsten lamps have a high wattage that provide intensity in red, orange, and yellow, but because they do not provide the blue spectrum please do not use these for a reef only tank. Also, these lights burn very hot and can explode if your tank water splashes on them.The UV rays from these can also burn your corals just like a sunburn on you. They also use up a lot of electricity.

Led:

This type of lighting is in the developing stage right now but has the potential to be the most efficient type of lighting for a beautiful reef only tank. It allows for more advanced lighting like lighting storms and cloud covers like it is in real coral reefs. Actually hobbyist have been building their own LED fixtures and experimenting with them. Still there is no conclusion on the effects of it yet. It can be the most energy efficient and last longer than other lights.

Whichever light you choose to use in your aquarium, please use a timer. They are a great way to keep your tank with sufficient lighting whenever you are not home to turn it on. Just keep in mind you must replace the bulbs periodical even if they are not burned out, due to the loss their intensity over time and that will keep your tank thriving.


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