Tank Illumination

Written by Robert Walker On September - 30 - 2011 under Aquarium 0 Comment

Currently, two theories circulate among experts in the hobby. The first refers to the light spread over the surface of water. The second takes into account the volume of the aquarium.
From my own experience, I believe that the first option is good for tanks whose water column does not exceed 40 cm. This means a tank whose maximum height is 45-50 cm (the difference is the thickness of the substrate and the free space at the top of the aquarium water). The second variant is rarely applied only for special tanks with great height, required by certain species of fish.
Unfortunately, most aquarists are followers of the second theory which, as we shall see, proves false in many situations.

Fluorescent tube lamps are required, but in order to utilize them we will have to mount a cover plate (like a baking cake tray, upside down). Housing length has to be equal to the lamp.

Here are some length:
– The lamp 15 (16) w – 36 cm;
– The lamp 18 (20) w – 60 cm;
– The lamp 36 (40) w – 120 cm.

Booth the housing interior and exterior will be painted or altered, we can paint white it’s outside, either all white or a color appropriate to the environment / room.
Lamps will be provided with light reflectors. If we have money we can just buy one of the market. If you do not have enough money, complete the casing by covering its inside with domestic aluminum foil (use glue). The reflector is initially an extra expense, but as time passes by we recover the investment through electricity savings.

The light quality

The most important thing that any natural aquarium plants need is full spectrum light, the same light is necessary for optimal fish development. That’s why good artificial light is the one most approaching to daylight. In other words, the color components of the lamp used should form a white light. While these light should be pleasant to the eye it should also satisfy fish and, in particular the plants. For these reasons (and others – temperature and electricity consumption) incandescent bulbs have been replaced with fluorescent tubes (“neon” as we used to call them). I mention the color temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin (K), color rendering index (CRI) and white balance.

Color temperature.

Daylight is between 5500 and 10000 K, depending on time of day and season. It is good that the tube/fluorescent tubes used to fit in this beach.

Light (source) color temperature
Bulb 1000-2000 K
Daylight tube 3000-6000 K
10,000 K tube triphosphate
Sun – variable sky 5500-8000 K
Sun – Clear 9000-10000 K

Unfortunately, no fluorescent tube is perfect. The human eye can be fooled, not the plant.

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