Posts Tagged reef-lighting

Should You Simulate Cloud Cover On The Home Aquarium

Something I have thought about for quite some time now is clouds – and should we be simulating them in our home aquariums.

The fish, corals etc which we keep in our saltwater aquariums come from the wild unless that are either captive raised or coral frags. In nature the coral reef, dependant upon the location of the coral reef is exposed to a tremendous amount of sunlight. On some days the skies are blue and the sun beats down on them all day long.

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Lumens And Lux – What’s That Then

With a reef aquarium after water movement lighting is the next biggest thing which concerns us.

It actually reminds me of a saying which my dad said to me when I was first starting out.

‘You are not keeping fish and corals – you are keeping water’

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To Use A UV Filter Glass Or Not To Use A UV Filter Glass – Now That Is The Question

A UV filter glass is normally used on a metal halide lighting unit. The reason for this is that it prevents any harmful rays from ‘hurting’ the corals.

However do you really need to use one?

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Aquarium Lighting – What Are Your Options?

Water quality (in which I include water movement) is top of the list in importance when it comes to keeping a saltwater aquarium. Closely following water quality is lighting, as much life on the reef depends on it.

The lighting used for a reef aquarium is more intense than on any other type. The reason for this is that we are trying to simulate the sun as far as humanly possible. The lighting used on the reef aquarium is normally more towards the blue end of the colour spectrum as we are trying to produce the lighting colours present at between 10m and 30m in water depth.

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