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Old 04-05-2013, 09:29 AM   #1 
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Lighting effect on mood

Hey everybody. I was wondering if anyone knew if the color of the lightbulb used in a betta tank had any effect on the general happiness of a betta fish.
For example, would a pink light make my little guy happier, and a blue light send him chill vibes?
Color plays a significant role in human emotion, and I would like to know if you have observed any specific effects of a certain color light on your betta fish.
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Old 04-05-2013, 03:56 PM   #2 
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Hmm. I'm not sure, but my bettas do seem a bit more active after I switched the default bulb from the ToppFin 5.5g (icky yellow light) to a 6500k bulb.

But they're both brand new to the tank, so it might just be them getting more active because they're acclimating.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:21 PM   #3 
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Since fish don't appear to actually have the part of the brain that regulates emotion, I'm guessing that any response to light colour is going to be purely a physical thing (e.g. my boys have always preferred a dim golden light, filtered through plants, because they associate that with safety from predators).
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:29 AM   #4 
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So it isn't so much color as it is how MUCH light they're actually exposed to, then? Or rather, how dim it is?
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I'm not sure. I've only really experimented on it in my 5 gallon. :)
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:01 PM   #6 
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I know they shouldn't be exposed to direct light. All of my fishies are in the corners of my room, which happen to be the perfect mixture of both light and shadow. They're happy about this arrangement.
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:52 AM   #7 
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My fish are more active with brighter white light. Near bed time I switch to blue and they slow down. Then they sleep in the dark. Some fish just have daylight and they don't move much except when I come around.
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:32 AM   #8 
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I recently put lamps onto a few of my tanks because I put in some live plants and needed more light, and some of my guys really don't like the lighs (hide from them) but some others actually seem to be basking in them. I don't know if it's because it's slightly warmer, or what, but I've got a VT and some females who will go to he center of the light, and then park in some plants, and will stay there for hours. :)

So, it also seems to depend on the fish. :)
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