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What's best lighting to show off african cichlids?
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ctp010
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PostPosted: 2012.12.27(Thu)19:52    Post subject: What's best lighting to show off african cichlids? Reply with quote

I have 2 single 18" T5 lights, side by side for a 55g.
Read that 50/50 bulbs gave best results, ironically the store I was at today had 1 left. So I have 1 50/50 and 1 stock light that came in the other hood.
The blues and greens pop on that side of the tank with the 50/50, the reds look OK, yellows look a bit greenish and orange, gray, black and white all seem washed out. I'm not sold on the 50/50 yet altough, I don't have 2 50/50 bulbs in and I'm sure that throws off the appearance.

Is the 50/50 the best way to go to show off these fish?
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PostPosted: 2013.02.21(Thu)16:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not a fan of 50/50 bulbs because IME they encourage algae growth.

I have a planted African mbuna tank so I use 6700K bulbs.
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