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Aquarium enLIGHTenment

Selecting the appropriate lights depends on your aquarium type.

By David A. Lass |

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More than anything else, the lighting used for aquariums has improved dramatically over the last 10 years. We have learned more about what kind and quantity of lighting is required by the various animals and plants we keep. In addition, the lighting technology itself has greatly improved.

Depending on what kind of aquarium a hobbyist is keeping, the appropriate lighting will differ. In this article, I will talk about specific lighting needs for viewing fish, for growing live plants and for keeping certain marine invertebrates. I will not go into the technical details of lighting, as there are many excellent sources for that information. It is important, however, to have a brief discussion of spectrum, intensity and photoperiod.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the September 2011 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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