Blue lights

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by reds, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. r

    reds Valued Member Member

    I have a dark blue florescent light on one of my aquariums, I'm wondering if this light is healthy for my fish. In the tank I have 5 zebra danios and 3 glo danios and 6 neon tetras. I have a regular florescent light that came with the tank. right now I have fake plants, but would like to switch to real plants.

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  2. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    Welcome to Fishlore!
    Are you talking about a an actinic bulb? What size tank are these fish in? I would up the danios to 6 because they are schooling fish.


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    reds Valued Member Member

    I have a 25 gallon long tank. Yes it's actinic blue spectral peak T8 bulb.

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  4. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    Yeah the fish should be fine. Those actinic bulbs are mostly used for SW tanks. They look nice though :)


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  5. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    If I read it correctly the 5 zebras and 3 glofish danios, they already have a school of 8. They are both the same species. Alison
     
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    reds Valued Member Member

    What's best for them? The blue or the white light?

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  7. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    You are right. I thought they wouldn't school together because they are regular zebra danios and glo fish danios. I just read that they can school because they are identical :)


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  8. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    There really isn't a "best " light for them. But if you want a cool effect on the glo fish, you can buy a moonlight


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    reds Valued Member Member

    What about for growing live plants?

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  10. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    I don't think the actinic bulb will grow live plants. If you want to grow live plants, get a bulb in the 5000k-7000k range. Preferably 6500k because this is bulb is more ideal for plants.


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  11. LiterallyHydro

    LiterallyHydro Well Known Member Member

    Absolutely do not run actinics on a freshwater tank. You will have so many algae problems. Just wanted to make sure you know that.

    6500k bulbs for growing plants. If you run with LEDs give Finnex a shot.
     
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    reds Valued Member Member

    OK thanks. I changed the light in my tank to the bright light that came with it.

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