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Has anyone here put black lights on a fish tank?

I was considering putting black light on my tank. So far I have been considering using the F40T12, but I have also found T5 and T8 water resistant connectors. I think the 40 watt T12 will be the brightest. Any ideas, opinions, considerations? The lights are just for effect, I already have UV lights for the plants and the fish.

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Re: Has anyone here put black lights on a fish tank?

If you put on true actinics, it will make it glow like crazy. Though it sounds like your tank is freshwater, in the salt water world, it's supposed to be good for the corals. It might be good for some critters in your tank too.

Pictured is 32W of power compact actinic over a 20 gallon tank. The halide is off. If your actinics are much less powerful than your main lighting, you won't notice much. It also depends on the temp of your current main lighting. If most of it's around 6.5k (yellow) you'll notice the actinic more than if the bulk of your lighting is 10k or up.

The pic sucks, but you'll get the idea. Also a pic with both the 32W Actinic, and 20k 250W halide lamp on. Turning off the actinic with the halide on didn't make any real difference.



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Re: Has anyone here put black lights on a fish tank?

Oh, btw, I have this fixture (4') now, with 2 54W T5 actinics over my 75 gallon. (the other one over the 20 was homemade)

The T5s are really nice lamps.



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Re: Has anyone here put black lights on a fish tank?

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Though it sounds like your tank is freshwater, in the salt water world, it's supposed to be good for the corals. It might be good for some critters in your tank too.
Right now it is a freshwater tank. It is a salt water setup with wet/dry filter and lights for coral. A friend of mine lost the tank 2x's this year with the hurricanes and gave it too me. The lights it currently has are 2 96 watt twin fluorescent lamps 50% actinic and 50% 10,000K. They do make things glow. I just wanted something different for night, I had heard some fish look really cool in black lights. BTW I understand the metal halide lamp are the best, but they put out so much heat. Are you running a chiller? I had to add a chiller just my pump was heating the water, they with the lights I was have to keep the house at 74 degrees.

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Re: Has anyone here put black lights on a fish tank?

Yep, running a chiller. Have to. And I have the best (most reliable) pump on the market running it.

I had a return pump fail on that 20 gallon tank while I was on vacation. This meant there was no chilled water feeding the tank (and no filtration which was a smaller issue) with the halides burning away.

I killed almost everything you see in those pics.

If your chiller can't keep up, you can try a fan across the top of the tank for evaporative cooling.



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Re: Has anyone here put black lights on a fish tank?

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And I have the best (most reliable) pump on the market running it.
What kind of pump is it. Mine already has me scared, it seems to be putting out too much heat. I'm keeping an eye on it.

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I had a return pump fail on that 20 gallon tank while I was on vacation. This meant there was no chilled water feeding the tank (and no filtration which was a smaller issue) with the halides burning away. If your chiller can't keep up, you can try a fan across the top of the tank for evaporative cooling.
If my power fails in about 1-2 minutes the water will drain back and overfill the wet/dry filter. I was looking at some fans with thermostats to take some stress off the chiller and like you said if the pump or the chiller fails there will be backup.

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Re: Has anyone here put black lights on a fish tank?

Eheim. Pricey but very good.

It is not acceptable for your system to flood if there is a power outage, you need to work on that.



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Re: Has anyone here put black lights on a fish tank?

Here is what the tank looks like now with the VHO 50/50 lights.
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