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Old 05-19-2012, 09:46 AM   #1 
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best light temperature/color spectrum to show off bettas

I am either looking into designing my own light set up or buying one. Not sure just yet. Anyway, I have found with my tropical community that the difference in lighting was night and day. Certain color spectrum lights really made the colors on my fish pop so I was wondering what bettas did the best with. I intend to include a lunar LED for night lighting but what are you guys using for day lighting? Any preference to LEDs over flourescents?
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:15 AM   #2 
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Florescent Lights make it look more Natural. LED Lights make it seem more colorful. I don't know. There are some LED Lights that are the same color as Florescent, but that doesn't matter. I think most people use Florescent for their Day-Lighting. Betta Fish need the Day/Night Cycle. They do sleep.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:35 AM   #3 
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Well, this sounds like a personal preference question, but I will tell you what I like.

I like the 6500k 'daylight' flourescent bulb. It is great for plants, and makes the tank look very natural. I like being able to see how my fish looks in natural light. I have it set to be on 8 hours a day. I haven't done any longer of a photo period as I am trying to keep algae under control. ;)
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:33 PM   #4 
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It really depends on the colour of the fish. For instance, my gold boy Odysseus looks at his best (lovely warm colour) under a flourescent light with IAL stained water, whereas the irridescence on Cassie would look better under LEDs, in my humble opinion.
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