lights for an african cichlid tank

  1. JVIEW Member Member

    hello, I am going to purchase new lights for my 55 gallon tank, I have two 18 inch lights that are in now. Which light will show off my african cichlids colors the best? I like the lights that are in the salt water fish tanks that are sort of an ice blue color
     
  2. Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    im sure lighting plays an effect on fish and their colors, but even better is a varied healthy diet....I get some great colors out of my africans but i have just standard lighting...matter of fact the light strip is more for a 55g on my 75g tank..(it came with the tank) ...I hope other lighting specialist can help more though!
     

  3. harpua2002 Fishlore VIP Member

    If you want to add another light strip, you can buy an actinic bulb for it and use the actinic (blue) bulb along with the white bulbs you already have. That's probably your cheapest option.
     

  4. Nutter Fishlore VIP Member

    It depends what colors your fish are as to what tube will show thier colors up the best. If you were to use an actinic tube in combination with a coold white tube then the blue on your fish will show up really well but the other colors will appear to be slightly washed out. I have a combination of a cool white tube & a Sylvania Gro-lux tube over my african tank & it shows up all the colors pretty well. Especially the reds & blues as that is the two parts of the spectrum the Gro-lux is strong in. As was mentioned before though a good diet is the most important thing to get good color from your africans. I feed mine Spectrum 1mm Cichlid pellets, HBH Flake Frenzy & 8 Vegie Flake. I also give them two feeds a week of frozen Bloodworm & Brine shrimp with a once a week feed of feeder guppies for the carnivours.