How to Choose Aquarium Lights
A healthy fish needs a good aquarium set up and this includes lighting. However, what kind of lighting should you use? You see, the purpose of lighting is to simulate the lighting conditions in the ocean. Just like humans and other animals, fish cannot live 24 hours a day under bright lights, if this need is not met, your fish is likely to be unhealthy. Good lighting conditions will increase reproduction and will help make your fish less stressed.
First, determine the set-up of your aquarium. If your aquarium has shaded regions, then you need to factor in this thing when lighting is in discussion. In some aquariums, 12 hours of daylight is not needed. Keep in mind that at night, aquariums should have a minimal amount of light to simulate the light in the ocean during full moon. There is no total darkness at sea so you should also not shut down the light in your aquarium. What you need to do is to use LED lights because these are the best kinds of nocturnal lights.
For reef aquariums, you may use acitinic lights. These are kinds of lights that have UV wavelengths. These UV lights penetrate the water and this makes it easy for corals and other invertebrates to absorb light.
Lastly, you need to study something about light temperature. This is measured in Kelvin and ideally, you should choose between 5500K-2000K. The Letter K is the unit measurement of Kelvin. It is strongly recommended that you consult experts before buying lights because you might be putting wrong ones that can result to algae growth, which is just as harmful to your aquarium.
Perry’s Aquatic Centre stock an array of lighting, We’ll find the right one to suit your aquarium lighting needs.
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