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Old 05-16-2011, 10:16 AM   #1
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Question 'Night' Lighting

Hi All,

I've noticed in some of the pics online that some people have a blue or red light as well as their normal lighting. I assume this is for nocturnal fish (correct me if i'm wrong!)

I have a couple of questions:

Firstly; Does this 'night' lighting stay on whenever the 'day' lighting is not?

Secondly; what are the best lights to use for this purpose?

At the moment i have a Power-Glo Fluorescent Aquarium Tube 15W T8 and an Aqua-Glo Fluorescent Aquarium Tube 15W T8, which one should i change?

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Old 05-16-2011, 12:08 PM   #2
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It really depends on exactly what you are talking about.

There is blue lighting that is used in SW/Reef applications called actinic lighting. It is blue in color, though those bulbs probably aren't dim enough to be considered "night lighting".

The best way to add some night lighting or "moon lighting" as it is often called, is to added some strip LED lights to your existing fixture. Something like Flexible LED Light - Waterproof Flexible LED Strips - LED Flexible Light for Sale - ElementalLED.com would work very well. You just need a foot or 2 of this strip lighting, and a transformer to plug it into.
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Ah, I see! Thanks...

With the LED moonlighting, will that affect the tank at all (I've read keeping the lights on for more than 12 hours can cause excess algae), not sure if dim LEDs would have the same algae effect - ?
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Hmmm maybe I do not keep my lights on enough.... Is there such a thing?
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Ah, I see! Thanks...

With the LED moonlighting, will that affect the tank at all (I've read keeping the lights on for more than 12 hours can cause excess algae), not sure if dim LEDs would have the same algae effect - ?

I doubt you'll see a problem with regular LEDs, with stronger ones that sustain plants and corals I'd say differently, though
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That's great, thanks for your help!
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Ah, I see! Thanks...

With the LED moonlighting, will that affect the tank at all (I've read keeping the lights on for more than 12 hours can cause excess algae), not sure if dim LEDs would have the same algae effect - ?

The moonlights don't emit enough light to affect algae growth or even the fish. Their only purpose is so the viewer can see his tank in a nocturnal state.
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Thats great, I think i'll invest in an LED lighting strip then!
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Where's a good place to get one?
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:00 AM   #10
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Ebay worked for me:

Aquarium LED Moonlight Flexible Strip Light Fish Tank N | eBay UK

(thats a UK one, but i'm sure if you search US, etc they sell them everywhere)
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