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Old 01-16-2005, 01:27 PM   #1
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lighting question

ok.. i am still learning with lighting so please bear with me and hopefully answer this question.

i have a few questions regarding lighting --

first question - I have a freshwater 55 gal tank and I want my fish to look the best they possibly can (color wise), have them be happy about th elight (natural lighting) and be able to still have plants. -- which bulbs should I look into, 50 / 50 (i have mostly cichlids in this tank blue johannis and electric yellows) or just a straight daylight bulb?

second question - is it possible for a 50/50 bulb to give the water a yellowish tint ? i am pretty sure there is not an algae bloom of any sort because I can't see it with any other light source (my other light fixtures that used to be on the tank, or with anything else) I did a water change to investigate the water to make sure and still nothing -- i thought the 5000k caused a yellowish tint but this is a 10000k bulb...
55 gallon fw
-1 Pleco
-3 Yellow Labs (+ babies in maternity tank)
-1 Blue peacock
-1 Syno Cat
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