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Choosing The Lighting For Your Fish Tank

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If you are passionate about aquatic life, one of the best ways to feature that in your home is through a fish tank. The great thing about adding a fish tank to your home is that there are so many options in regards to size and the type of aquatic life that you can add to it.

One of the many things that you need to take into consideration are the bulbs that you’re using to illuminate the tank. Whether you’re just beginning to invest in a fish tank or you’re looking to enhance and update the lights you currently have in your fish tank, today’s blog is for you!

We are going to be covering a few of the different types of lights that you should be looking into when it comes to updating the lights in your aquarium. Let’s dive in.

Aquatic Life in the Tank

The first thing that you’re going to need to take into consideration is the type of marine life that you are going to have in your tank. While it may not seem like it would make a big difference, the aquariums that have live coral or different types of plants in it will require a different lighting source than an aquarium that has fish. One of the first things that you will want to determine before purchasing new lights will be the type of aquatic life you’d like in your tank.

Size of the Aquarium

The next thing that you’re going to want to take into consideration is the size of your aquarium. Aquariums that are deeper are going to require a more intense light source in order to light up the entire aquarium. Aside from that, you’re also going to need to account for the length of the aquarium. If you have a longer tank that you need to light up, you may need to invest in longer bulbs or more than one bulb. You should know the dimensions of your tank before you invest in new aquarium lighting.

Suggested Lighting System

The last thing that you need to take into consideration is the lighting system that is suggested for a tank your size. There are three different levels of lighting when it comes to aquariums, and it’s good to know the differences. Here is a brief overview of the three different lighting systems.

Basic Lighting System

A basic lighting system is perfect for a basic tank. This is often freshwater with no plant life or coral. In reality, these tanks should be pretty small and not very deep. A basic lighting system is just enough to brighten up the tank. These lighting systems usually fit right into the top of a basic tank and make it easy for you to look in and appreciate all of the aquatic life within the aquarium.

Intermediate Lighting System

When you have a deeper aquarium, you need a more intense lighting system. Intermediate lighting systems are designed for tanks that are 18 to 24 inches deep. These lighting systems are also great when you plan on having some coral or live plants in your aquarium. One of the many perks to these lighting systems is that they offer timers and controls that make it easier for you to make the most of the lighting you’ve invested in.

High-Performance Lighting System

The last lighting system that we’re going to cover is the high-performance lighting system. These lighting systems are designed for extremely large and deep aquariums. More often than not, these tanks are over 24 inches deep. These lighting systems are great for tanks that have heavy amounts of live plants and coral in them. The high-performance lighting systems also make it easy for the aquatic life in the tank to thrive.

Each of these lighting systems serves a purpose and has a circumstance in which it is the best option available. Knowing when to choose specific lighting options is important since some options will not provide the resources that certain aquariums need. If you’re unsure which light source is going to provide you with the best light for your aquarium, feel free to reach out to our team. We will do our absolute best to assist you!

Shop SOS LightBulbs

When you’re looking for new and improved light fixtures for your aquarium, you can count on SOS LightBulbs to have the options you need. Now that you have an idea of what you need to know prior to purchasing, it’s time to find the bulb! Browse the different aquarium lighting options that we carry and make your purchase online today!