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  • About Lighting for Freshwater Aquariums
  • Imagine, you are a colorful tropical fish. You swim in warm water, with lot of plants, in which you can hide and of course you know where are you swimming. Do you know how this paradise may exist? It is because of the sun. Sunshine is a perfect light. Thanks to the sun the life exists on the Earth's surface. Thanks to the sun I can write this article now. ...  <more>

  • Nighttime on the Reef: Characteristics of Nocturnal Fish and Nocturnal Aquarium Setup
  • Marine fish can be classified into groups, depending upon when they are most active. "Diurnal" fish are those that are primarily active during the day; those that are most active during the night are called "nocturnal." Some fish are especially active at dusk and dawn, and are referred to as "crepuscular." Various marine invertebrate species can also be classified into one of these three groups. ...  <more>

  • Lighting System Design: Choosing Lighting Systems and Bulbs for Your Aquarium
  • When designing a lighting system for any aquarium, we are faced with a multitude of products to choose from. This is due, in part, to the many advancements that have been made in the lighting industry over the past decade. It is important to know the spectrum and intensity of light that is required by the organisms that will be kept in the aquarium prior to designing the lighting system. ...  <more>

  • Lighting Spectrum and Intensity: Duplicating Natural Lighting in Aquariums
  • The lighting in an aquarium is responsible not only for the aesthetic value of the system, but also for the general health of the fish, plants, and invertebrates. The goal when designing a lighting system is to duplicate, as closely as possible, the conditions that these organisms are subjected to in nature. This has become an easier task due to the advancements made in lighting technology in the past 10 years. This article will explain the characteristics of light and how natural light can be duplicated in aquariums. ...  <more>

  • Reef Aquarium Lighting System Design and Selection
  • In the last 20 years of fish keeping, nothing has rivaled the explosive growth and popularity of the "reef"; nor has anything stirred up so much discussion. While many people attempted various modes of reef keeping, it was the introduction of the Dutch reefs with wet/dry filters, which triggered the hobby's growth in the U.S. With the new biological wet/dry filters,...  <more>

  • Freshwater Aquariums - How Long Should Aquarium Lights be Left On
  • Question: How Long Should Aquarium Lights be Left On? Answer: The ideal 'photo period', or length of time the aquarium lights are on, ranges from eight to twelve hours, depending on the aquarium setup. Generally ten hours a day is a good average for most aquariums. Reducing the Time ...  <more>

  • Finding The Best Lighting For Your Aquarium
  • Once you realized that your aquarium can not do without lighting, the next step would to find the right lighting for your tank. But before purchasing lighting accessories for your aquarium, it is important to know what kind of lighting system best suit your aquarium set-up, and the costs involved....  <more>

  • Choosing Lighting For Your Aquarium
  • Once upon a time, a simple fluorescent bulb was the standard for aquarium lighting. Now, things are quite different. Just looking through a catalog, you may see 5 or more different types of bulbs. Then there are different types of fixtures, some of which even utilize hybrid combinations of bulb types. With all of these options available, how do you know what type to choose? This article will hopefully help you make an informed decision based on what you really need....  <more>

  • Does Your Aquarium Have The Right Lighting System
  • Finding the best lighting for your aquarium should not be that difficult for you now since I have covered the four main types of lighting: Fluorescent Lighting Compact Fluorescent Lighting Incandescent Lighting Metal Halide Lighting What you need to do now is to take your home aquarium to the next level—give your aquarium a complete lighting system. To do that, first we must understand what makes up an aquarium lighting system....  <more>

  • Aquarium Lighting - Overview
  • When choosing lighting for your aquarium (especially Reef or Planted Freshwater), there is much more to consider than watts per gallon. The 2-3 watts per gallon for a reef or freshwater plant aquarium, less for fish, more for hard coral; is a VERY basic start but that is very general and quite out dated due to the variety of lumens per watt lights with very different wavelength, PAR output. As you will read more later in this article a watt is simply a measurement of energy NOT light output or even quality....  <more>

  • Aquarium Lighting - Spectrum and Lux
  • [2] THE NANOMETER RANGE (SPECTRUM) A nanometer scale is used to measure the wave length of light energy from cosmic rays to radio waves. An actinic bulb will have a Nanometer spike at about 420N, a UVC bulb about 265N, and a daylight bulb about 700N. The difference in the wavelength determines how the wave affects its surroundings. It is this wavelength difference that allows short-wave x-ray to pass through walls...  <more>

  • Aquarium Lighting - Lumens and Watt
  • [5] LUMENS: The international unit of luminous flux or quantity of light used as a measure of the total amount of visible light emitted. The higher the lumens, the "brighter" or more "intense" the light looks to the human eye. You can figure lumens per watt by dividing the lumens your lamp lists by the wattage the fixture lists....  <more>

  • Aquarium Lighting - from Wikipedia
  • Aquarium lighting describes any type of light that is used to illuminate an aquarium tank or in some instances, such as with reef aquariums, support the life contained within. Freshwater aquarium lighting often comes in two forms; one is a screw-in style...  <more>

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