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stephenhodgson
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PostPosted: 2005.02.14(Mon)16:56    Post subject: moon lighting Reply with quote

hi I have a 32 gallon tank tropical of course and I was woundring can I install a moon light because I tend to see my fish when I turn the lights of to dart about the tank and look scared I have a 3 foot light in that help plant growth

it is a juewll rio 120 and I have one light in the tank but I have no space to but the other light how would I do this would I mount it on the front with out a reflector but I think this means drilling through the hood is this a good idea or not

thanks stephen hodgson Laughing
I need to know asap so as I don't spend me money lol thanks Smile
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PostPosted: 2005.02.16(Wed)20:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi there! there is a post in the diy section of this great site. I think it is called how to make moon lights.
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PostPosted: 2005.02.25(Fri)16:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

CLick this link for your moon light.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=12110&N=2004+113544
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PostPosted: 2005.02.26(Sat)23:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi stephen,
Can you clarify something for me. Are you wishing to install moonlights so you can view your fish at night or are you saying that your fish are scared when you turn your regular lighting on?
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PostPosted: 2005.03.28(Mon)17:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi it is there it is to watch them at night
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PostPosted: 2005.03.30(Wed)0:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi stephen,
Yes moonlights are a great idea, particularily if you have nocturnal species. The links and articles say it all. One thought is to use your moonlighting as a dawn and dusk buffer. Buy a cheap timer (@$5) with at least two time settings and use it to turn your moonlights on 1/2 hour or so before the main lights go on and off. This gives the fish a nice transition from darkness to high noon. I use a small watt incandescent (like a fridge light).
Good luck!
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PostPosted: 2005.03.30(Wed)8:33    Post subject: LEDs Reply with quote

One thing I read in a catfish forum that is often overlooked is the lighting intensity. Fish need darkness to sleep because they don't have eyelids. They apparently also can't see red light that well. Blue light they see extremely well. Most of the DIY links use ultra-bright blue LEDs. This makes a more "natural" moon lighting effect, but is not as nice for your fish. Using red LED's instead is wise and it has a different lighting effect. Very James Bond/night-vision-y.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.03(Sun)20:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also Blue Light is what plants See best and use for photosysthasis(I think thats spelled close) so the plants won't get a night time either. Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2005.04.03(Sun)23:53    Post subject: Moonlight Reply with quote

This is the first time I've ever thought of a moonlight type deal. What about an actual moon roof type thing that shines down on the tank. I'm sure it would take a few tricks to get it to really look good but I think it's a cool idea imo. I realise this might not work in all climates, however, living in california works great.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.04(Mon)0:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Devlcl,
Moonroof on your fish tank?
O.K. but if you install a sub woofer and hydraulics and start bounce'n the tank I'm gonna have to say no way Wink
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