cichlid lighting?

Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by sms2981, Aug 18, 2009.

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  1. sms2981

    sms2981 Plankton

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    I'm going with the Victorian cichlids, and was wondering the best lighting set-up for the tank. bulb? color? 50/50? what's the difference. I am totally clueless in the lighting area. thanks in advance.
     
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  3. steve wright

    steve wright Super Moderator Staff Member

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  4. LucBB

    LucBB Bristle Worm

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    I wouldnt worry too much about lighting if your going for cichlids. As the only thing your likely to have in the tank apart from the fish its self is some rocks.
    I find that rocks dont mind too much what lighting they are under as they are rocks. lol.

    Most of the cichlid boys usually keep them under 10k's or sometimes a 10k and an actinic blue, as these bring out the best in coloration. but its pretty much a case of personal preference really.
    I had my malawi's under a single 54w 10k T8. They did great.
     
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  5. s10lowrider1994

    s10lowrider1994 Feather Duster

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    The fish dont need any special lighting but certain spectrums and combos of light make them look alot better. Under a 50/50 they look amazing.