Actinic in my freshwater...

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  1. STRiDER
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    Hi All

    I know this was probably already covered, but I'm new here and will use it as an excuse :p

    I got a blue 40W 1.2meter fluorescent with my tank from the retailer. I really like the colour it provides. However, I've heard they don't work too well with freshwater :(

    So here's my questions:

    1. Must I completely remove this light and what do I replace it with.

    2. Can I maybe leave the blue off during the day and then use it during evening or night to simulate moonlight (and then I can still see my fish)

    (My other two 40W lights are white and Red)

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    The new André

    For complete details of my setup so far see http://www.apsa.co.za/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=8
     
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    In terms of plant growth the blue bulbs will not do much, better to get a redder spectrum bulb like a 6500k.
     
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    I used to have a tiger barb tank with only 1 20Watt actinic over it.

    It looked pretty cool, but my plastic plants picked up a lot of algae.

    Since then I have learned quite a lot :p

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    Yup, Cameron is correct I think. Won't help much in plant growth, but it can add a visually appealing factor. It really comes down to whether you like the way it looks or not.

    And in case whether you were wondering whether it can be bad, I doubt it.
     

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