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Aquarium Lighting, Aquarium Lighting Q&A's, Articles

Why Bright is Bad

Not a Bright Idea Here at iQuatics, the term “bright” is pretty much classed as a swear word; in fact, it’s so offensive to aquarium maintenance specialists like us that we’d consider typing “b****t” all the time, but that’s quite a lot of effort. As we’ll go on to explain, the “b-word” isn’t just inaccurate,…

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The Negative Effects of Too Much Green Light

It’s Not That Easy Being Green As you’ll know by now if you follow our blogs on all things aquarium maintenance, visible light (commonly referred to as white light) is divided into seven colours, and – depending on which bulbs and aquarium lighting fixtures you choose – you can largely control the colour and type…

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Spotlight On: Anemones

Plants or Animals…? It’s long been debated whether sea anemones are plants or animals, with the results of recent studies actually indicating that they’re somewhere in the middle. Regardless, they look great in a vibrant aquarium, so we’re not too bothered about the specifics. Like the majority of things you’ll pick up for your aquarium,…

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How to repair a faulty Juwel® Hi-Lite® T5 or MultiLux® T8 unit.

Being one of the only manufacturers that has a direct phone number through to our HQ we speak to a lot of customers on a regular basis who are experiencing the same issues with their Juwel® Hi-Lite® T5 OR MultiLux® light bars.

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Replacing your Juwel Hi-lite® unit with the iQuatics AquaLumi Universal.

Your existing Juwel high light unit has died, or you just fancy upgrading your two tube Hi-lite for a shiny new four tube universal, which ones right for you ? Fortunately we’ve done the hard work for you and devised this little table that shows which Universal you need for your Juwel aquarium.

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Replacing your Aquatlantis® unit with the iQuatics AquaLumi Universal.

Your existing Aquatlantis T5 unit has died, or you just fancy upgrading your two tube unit for a shiny new four tube universal, which ones right for you ? Fortunately we’ve done the hard work for you and devised this little table that shows which Universal you need for your Aquatlantis aquarium.

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Why You Should Be Switching to T5 Bulbs

A Bright Idea When it comes to aquarium lighting, we find that a lot of fish-keepers are somewhat stubborn, and a little bit stuck in their ways. Don’t take this the wrong way; we understand that a lot of aquarists have devoted countless amounts of hours and copious payslips to their hobby, and when they’ve…

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Hagen Glo T5 Controller vs iQuatics T5 Controller

Hagen Glo T5 Controller vs iQuatics T5 Controller – Head to Head We thought it would be a good idea to put the Hagen Glo T5 controller up against the iQuatics T5 controller to see which comes out on top for performance, value, and overall usability.

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Arcadia T5 Controller vs iQuatics T5 Controller

Arcadia T5 Controller vs iQuatics T5 Controller – Head to Head We thought it would be a good idea to put the Arcadia T5 controller up against the iQuatics T5 controller to see which comes out on top for performance, value, and overall usability.

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Common issues T5 tubes & Halides and simple fixes

Common issues T5 tubes & Halides and simple fixes There are a few common issues T5 tubes & halides can throw up that are easily fixed. My T5 tube isn’t lighting up correctly or I can hear a rattle inside the tube is there a fault?  This is a question we get asked quite frequently…

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iQuatics T5 Fluorescent 6 Tube Combination Recommendations

We get asked a lot which tube combinations are best and what our T5’s individual characteristics are. There are many, many answers to these questions depending on the type of set up you keep, what goals you are looking to achieve with your aquarium, be it maximum growth or perfect colouration or somewhere in between.

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How Many Hours a Day Should Aquariums be Lit and Which Lights to Choose

This is a question which occurs often and the answer varies only slightly according to what is resident in your tank. Most photosynthetic creatures such as corals and plants have a photoperiod ( the optimum time in which they should be exposed to light) of around 7 to 8 hours and lighting for much longer…

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4 Tube T5 Combinations

4 T5 Combinations The combinations we are providing below are a guidline only as every fish keeper has different opinions on the colours they prefer. The most popular combinations we find are used in the aquarium hobby are marked with a *.Colours can vary slghtly depending on the position of the tubes. You can position…

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Halide & T5 Bulb Comparison

Although you should never compare side by side two different light sources, it is possible to look at the pros and cons of both halide and T5.

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Colour Temperature – Kelvin

Colour temperature has been described most simply as a method of describing colour characteristics of light, usually either a warm (yellowish) or cool (bluish), and measuring it in degrees of Kelvin (K).

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What is PAR?

Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) PAR is the section of the spectral range of light between 400 – 700 nanometres which is needed by plants, corals, clams, anemones and nudibranchs for photosynthesis. This is found from actinic UVA to near-infrared. (Graph 1)

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