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ppate1977

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Most members here will already know this but I feel it needs shed "light" upon. I replaced my light bulb in my 10 gal betta tank today and WOW!!! What a differance. I went from a 15w incandescent to a 10w compact florescent 50/50 bulb. The fish looks amazing! The color of everything is so much more vibrant. Best $10 I've spent on any tank.
 

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Right now my light is currently a incandescent but when I get some plants I'll be switching to florescent so I'll take this down when I head down to my LFS.
 

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Changing the lighting can really have a dramatic impact on the tank.

I would submit that a GOOD black background makes just as big an improvement as the lights. What I mean by good is glossy, and attached to the glass with something other than tape. I prefer a product called seaview, but there are other methods like using vasaline and stuff. Basicaly, there has to be a medium between the glass and the background to achieve the look. Using tape allows for air gaps between the glass and BG, which looks sloppy. Also, the intensity of the colors are distorted because of the air gaps. Lastly, the attached black background will make the tank look bigger (deeper).

You can paint the glass, as well. That's what I plan to do with the 90 gallon, but I'm going to practice first on something smaller.
 
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Good point jaysee... I actually have a nice glossy black background affixed. I have 9 plants in the tank. They were already doing great, now I'm thinking they will grow faster as well. Even though I actually reduced the wattage.
 
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