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View Poll Results: If given the choice between using a normal Flourecent bulb or a UV bulb for your brackish aquariums
Normal Flourecent Light 6 75.00%
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Old 05-19-2005, 09:47 AM   #1
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Hello folks, I just thought I would say hi! I really don't feel like saying much about myself, fish OR aquarium in this thread as I plan on putting alot of work into a very descriptive aquarium "biography" at a later point. I will say this much, I bought my first 'large' aquarium about three months ago. The aquarium is 20g and came with all the standard equipment one needs such as the heater, power filter (organic/AC) and canopy. I absolutely love Bettas and currently have three of them living with my two sharks, 6 neon tetras, pleco and snail. Don't get the wrong idea, I don't favor them or anything Hmmm, what else to say.... I have one hell of a question that I would really like answered!! Maybe someone can give me a hand? I have a UV bulb that I was using for my Iguana (he recently passed away [R.I.P. Lecter :~( ] ) and I think the bulb is the same size as the one in my florecent canopy..... So as you may have guessed I am wondering, would a brackish quarium ultimately benifit or suffer from using a UV lamp as oppose to a normal florecent lamp? Please no mumbojumbo about HIDs, I already know all about them.

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Well, welcome to AA.

It wouldn't be a real UV though would it? Is it a black light?

Use the normal tubes for fw fish. I think the fish would look better with them. The other bulb would not do very much to help plants, if you go for them and may help promote algae.
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The UV light I'm talking about is made for reptile habitats and is meant to give them the required amount of UV they need in order to metabolize their food. I figured since in the wild fish get UV from the sun then my fish might benefit from this bulb as it is more less a FL tube that gives off UV

I could just be a complete idiot :P BUT, in any event, I want what's best for my fish.

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Welcome. The reptile UV bulb would likely, depending ion the colour temp, give you a fair bit more algae growth than you will want....besides, why spend more for a herp tube when a normal aquarium tube will do better?
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Welcome. The reptile UV bulb would likely, depending ion the colour temp, give you a fair bit more algae growth than you will want....besides, why spend more for a herp tube when a normal aquarium tube will do better?
I already have the UV tube, I am just trying to find a use for it :P I paid nearly 40$ CAD for it and would hate to see it go to waste but in the long run I will do what is best for my fish.

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