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Thread: dimming lights?

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    Are dimming switches available for lights? I would like to have some light, instead of all or non. Rick the shrimp guy at work.

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    flourescent tube in tank cover is very bright, which is fine. Would like to be able to view fish in a low light, lights out at end of the day(ideas?) Shrimp(dad)

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    fluorescent lights cannot be dimmed, they're either on or off... although if you have multiple bulbs, depending on the fixture, you may be able to turn some off and leave others on.

    Your other option would be to install some LED lighting to use when you only want a little light.
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    If you cant electrically dim the flouros, is it possible in your hood to fit an adjustable shade? I'm waiting for a diffuser for a new flouro i fitted after the old one died, I just have a piece of ply directly under the light to lower the intensity (ugly but temporary) maybe you could fit something movable to increase or decrease shadow?

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    If you can fit multiple bulbs, there are moonlight bulbs out there. You can also achieve this effect with blue LED Christmas lights. Stash them in your hood to direct all the light into the tank. Looks really cool.

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    Or if you want to take a more natural approach, get some floating plants. Amazonian frogbit does a great job at dimming lights and it grows at incredible speed. Many species like to shelter under it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talldutchie
    Or if you want to take a more natural approach, get some floating plants. Amazonian frogbit does a great job at dimming lights and it grows at incredible speed. Many species like to shelter under it.
    Best way to dim lights. Shrimp also really apprieciat some live plants and will help them against disease a little.

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    Walmart sells a pack of 2 10" inch blue led strips in the car accessories section. They have a sticky back so you can attach them right to you hood. They are meant to be wired into the 12v system of a car but if you have an old 12v DC plug at home that you no longer use then you can easily cut off the end and wire it to the led strips. It gives the tank a nice blueish glow so you can see in a tank at night. Radioshack sells switches that that you can easily wire to the setup the so you can turn it on and off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler Scholz
    Best way to dim lights. Shrimp also really apprieciat some live plants and will help them against disease a little.
    Mine also like to comb the roots of the frogbit for any leftover food.

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