Fish Tank Lighting Is Essential For The Survival Of Your Fish

by : dalmlin

When buying lights for your fish tank, make sure that you know what each lighting source is capable of. You need to be certain that you get the lights that will be best suited to the needs of your fish tank.

Having the proper fish tank lighting is essential for maintaining the delicate artificial ecosystem needed in the aquarium. The lights are available in several shapes and sizes and are classified according to their wattage and temperature scale.

Make sure to choose the fish tank lighting carefully because an artificial light source will increase the water temperature, which may disturb the fish tank environment.

When choosing the lights for the fish tank, do not make the mistake of only keeping in mind the aesthetics of the fish tank. The marine life will suffer and not survive for long. In fact, while choosing fish tank lighting you need to also choose the necessary cooling devices to regulate the water temperature.

Fluorescent lights are extremely useful as they can be considered as a universal design. This is by far the easiest way to add light to your fish tank. A universal design means that the lights will simply fit any brand of tank as standard, both saltwater and freshwater.

If you intend to keep green plants inside the fish tank then it is advisable to go for the Metal Halide Light bulbs. They produce the entire spectrum of light which will help the plants achieve maximum growth.

There are four different types of fish tank lighting available on the market. These are:

[1] The Regular Fluorescent Lights which are able to provide wattage at around 15-40 watts. These are the easiest and cheapest to use. They also do not require the extra cooling devices as the temperature range of this brand of lighting is 3000-10000k.

[2] The Compact Fluorescent Lights are able to provide wattage at 10-100 watts. These lights will heat up the water, so will need to be installed along with cooling fans.

[3] The High Output Fluorescent Lamps will give wattage at 20-60 watts and need to be supplied with continuous T5 power. Also available are the Very High Output Fluorescent Lamps which provide wattage at 75-160 watts. These lamps will raise the temperature to 10000-20000K. When choosing this type of lighting your will need to install a chillier as well as fans

[4] The Metal Halide Light bulbs are the most powerful form of fish tank lighting. They are extremely advantageous due to the fact that their light is close to sunlight and helps the growth of the fish and plants.

By doing some simple research online you will be able to discover the advantages of the metal halide lights bulbs over the more commonly used fluorescent lights or vice versa.

To find out which lights will be most suited to your requirement, visit your local pet store or aquarium as they will be able to give you very useful information and advice on which lights will be most efficient for your setup.