We have a 55 ga. tank, plastic plants. 1 male betta, 2 neon tetras, 3 Lamp Eyes, 2 Catfish, 6 Yellow guppies and 4 somethings (they are similar to the Neons but they aren't as neon-y) and 2 Blue Rams.
We used to have a 10 ga. tank and I was wondering if it would be okay to get the 10g. tank light (which has two bulbs in it vs. the long fluorescent tube) and try to find a black light bulb that will fit it and use that on occasion, just to look at the fish under the black light and let the kids see it and ooh and ahh but it would NOT be an all the time deal.
Does that sound okay or will it hurt the fish somehow?
It will have relatively no negative effect towards the fish at all, I've seen many pets others advertise lots of there fish to make the colors pop out more and not nice have I gotten a negatively effected fish long term/short term as a result of being under those lights
we are slowly working on the stocking of it. We started out with 2 neons, 2 lamp eyes and 4 of the other tetras, had them for about a week or two and then got the Male Betta. That was all int he 10g tank. Then we got the 55 last Monday and added the other fish on Friday and will be going back this week to get more. the closest fish store (Petsmart) is about an hour away so it isn't a quick little drive to the corner. We probably won't get any more different species, just add to what we have so that they do school and gather more.
The black light didn't really work. The only thing that glowed, other than our clothing were the plastic plants and that was it so we will probably give the light (they only had a 24" complete kit in the lighting section) to our 11 yo. to have some fun with.