Fish rely on a regular day/night cycle for optimum health, however brightness is less important and too much light can cause algae growth. Live plants, on the other hand, need strong light (which is different than brightness level) and a broader spectrum for photosynthesis. Certain fluorescent lamps and LED bars can enhance the colors in fish and the overall appearance of your aquarium.
LED Aquarium Lamp Replacements | Aqueon
6,700K Hamilton Technology Compact Fluorescent Square Pin Aquarium Lamps supply the most concentrated light intensity, color spectrum and wavelength essential for photosynthesis and coral health.
Aqueon Modular Day White LED Aquarium Lamp, Size 48 | Petco
Aqueon Actinic Blue Aquarium Lamp Deeper water violet light for fish and corals provides the violet wavelengths of light that are found in deeper water and at dawn and dusk. Stimulates neon glow found in GloFish.
T5 LED Aquarium Lamp - MARINE WHITE | Kordon
Saltwater reef tanks with corals, clams and other light needing organisms will need the high output, very high output Fluorescent or metal halide lamps. Certain corals, anemones and clams require very intense lighting levels that can only be provided with T5-HO, VHO and metal halide light sources. A general rule of thumb for reef tanks is between 4 and 10 watts per aquarium gallon. Many reefers have lighting systems incorporating metal halides and VHO Fluorescent tubes. Research the species you want to keep because light requirements can vary. Because of the amount of heat these light units can produce, you may need to get an aquarium chiller to keep your tank water temperature in an acceptable range. The expense of lighting a reef tank may be just as high or higher than the cost of the live rock or even the price of all the other equipment combined.BeautyMax lamps bring out fish colors very vibrantly but also give the aquarium an unnatural hue. A 2:1 ratio of BeautyMax to White will give a natural look and vibrant fish colors.Incandescent lighting is still used in some aquariums, but more economical and visually pleasing options like fluorescent and LED are the norm. Fluorescent lighting is cooler, brighter and uses less electricity than incandescent. It is a common type of aquarium lighting, although LED is surpassing it in popularity. For peak performance, replace incandescent and fluorescent lamps annually. LED lights are the most economical and energy efficient and offer a wider range of lighting options.My kids have been wanting another fish lately. So, instead of going the live fish route. I decided to create a faux fish aquarium out of a mason jar and also made it a working lamp. This DIY lamp is so simple to create. You can make a couple of lamps in no time, and you just might want to, because if you have a couple of kids… they will ALL want one.