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    I have a goldfish tank. I was using lamp ideal for aquariums but when it broken down I replaced it with a philips one 15W. When I open the lamp goldfish seem really terrified an hide behinds the plants. So I don't open it enymore. Can fish live without lamp in the tank or should I buy another lamb ideal fo aquariums? I have also an apple snail that might need light to be developed. The plants are plastic so they don't need light.

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    Many goldfish tanks don't have lights - your fish does need light, but not necessarily electric lighting. Meaning, so long as he is not in the dark, regular room lighting is fine. If you remove the tank hood, the tank will get more light as well.

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    Thanks! You are right that goldfish do not need electric lighting.... I try to keep the room of my tank lighted all day...

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    Why thank-you - Cliff The grammar crab has you in its grasp! D: - Trillianne Thanks for the clarification - Mith A few clown for the fellow SW clowns. :D - ILuvMyGoldBarb sorry about your angelfish - smaug 
    Many cultures donw through the ages have known that Ice cream is the perfect band-aid for all occasions. ~  Sorry for your loss. - 850R Here's some Christmass Cheer, Happy Holidays Sheamurai - Cliff merry xmas, keep good care of him - genocidex Beer! The perfect gift for any occasion - Merry Chrismas! - 850R I'm glad your here and a active forum member - Cliff 
    penguin for a friend XD - genocidex Thanks for the help with that spammer !!! - Cliff Thank you for the kind words - Cliff Merry Christmas - Cliff To help you re-stock the tank - Cliff 
    Discus and Beer! - Sandz To Discus Days!!! - JudiJetson For very clear advice! - houdini56 Happy Holidays! - Rue Happy Easter! - Slaphppy7 

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    You're all good then. The lighting over tanks is more for people to view the tanks - I would wager that most tanks are over-lit compared to the fishes native habitat.

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    Does anyone know whether electric lights ideal for aquariums differ from common fluorescent lamps or not?

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    It depends on the exact type of "common" bulb you have, but the short answer is that yes, they do differ.

    Aquarium lights typically have temperatures between 6,500 K (for freshwater) and 10,000 K (for marine tanks) or so. Household fluorescent lights typically are somewhere between 2,700 to 4,100 K or so. You can find fluorescent bulbs for homes of up to 5,000 K for "cool white" bulbs, but typically not beyond. Incandescent bulbs are even lower, with a range of around 2,700 to 3,300 K or so.

    So, aquarium lights do have a higher color temperature, but this is mostly for the benefit of plants and corals, not so much for the fish. The fish themselves would probably be fine with almost any type of household lights. As sheamurai said above, this is probably a case of too much lighting, rather than the specific type of light. Do you know the wattage of your previous light? How big us your tank?

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    My tank is 60l and the light is a philips one 15W. Can it be harmful for my goldfish since as I said they are a bit scared when I open it. I have plastic plants who don't need light. As sheamurai correcty said goldfish don't need electric lighting when the tank is placed in a lighted room but I my room get sometimes in the dark at days so electric lighting is essential in this case.
    Last edited by nikolas; 09-04-2013 at 09:22 AM.

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    The previous light was sera 15W.

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