A Beginner’s Guide to Reef Tank Lighting

Reef Tank Lighting for Beginners

For those who are beginners to reef aquarium lighting, it is important to note that reefs are sensitive and therefore, the lights to be used in a reef aquarium should be perfect not only in lighting but also in temperature. Reef tanks are beautiful; most people who have coral reefs tend to take care of their tanks properly and diligently. This is because wrong lighting or usage of lighting can lead to reef shrinkage and deterioration. This is why most people who intend to start and take care of a reef aquarium should first know the basics of coral reef lighting.

While reefs are sensitive, it is also prudent to recognize the needs of the life living in the corals and cater it. Usually, the kind of light of lights a person should choose will also depend on the need and safety of the other animals living in the aquarium. Lights must depend on intensity needed and color spectrum of the reef.

How to Choose Reef Tank Lighting

Normally, things like fluorescent tube lights, bulbs, led or metal halide lighting are usable as reef tank lighting. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages but all can be used in reef aquariums as long as it is handled carefully. Most people tend to use bulbs as bulbs have more color varieties and are available in the 10,000K to the 20,000K spectrum which is the perfect spectrum for reef tanks. However, for beginners, here are a few things you must learn about first before choosing reef tank lighting.

Plan the Kind of Lights Ahead

What are the kinds of corals in your tank? What about the living animals housing it? What kinds of fish do you have? What kind of lighting system do you want? Believe it or not, fluorescent lighting usually works but you have to choose carefully. Normal output is easily available but if does not provide enough intensity to higher forms or corals. Very high output is more advantageous especially if you have a large tank and more varieties of corals can be placed in a tank with very high output fluorescent lighting.

Fluorescent Color Tubes

These are the best lights for those who want natural daylight on their tanks and if you are one of those people, this is the kind of light you should choose. The most popular color spectrum of this light is daylight which is anywhere between 5,500 to 7,500 Kelvin. This is good for all kinds of aquarium.

Metal Halide

This is the most popular reef tank lighting used by most reef hobbyist. The best thing about this is that there are many color spectrums available as well as intensity and wattage that you can have different types of reef on your aquarium and chances are, you can still have proper lighting. Even if you have a mixed reef aquarium, just purchase a good 10,000 Kelvin bulb and you’re good to go.

The main reason why people who have reef tanks must learn how to take care of it properly is because corals and reeks grow. As long as it is being taken cared of properly and regularly cleaned, reef tanks can last for a long time. Always remember that when choosing reef tank lighting, read and seek advice from other hobbyists to assure the well-being of your reef tank and its inhabitants.

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