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SubscribeLighting for Neons?
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I know that Neon Tetras need lower lighting levels to have their best colors so...
What would be the best wattage in a ten gallon tank for Neon tetras? I don't have any fish in my tank right now but the hood has an 18" F15T8, which I think is 15 watts. Is this too bright or just right? (rhyming points)
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i have never heard of this lighting predicament... i think it is a falacy. so in all honesty it depends on the type of plant you plan on keeping, so gag your wpg on that rather than on the neons color needs as with ots of helthy plants and a good diet will make their colors stand out, not just special lighting... plus plants allow for shading and for them to "contrast" and "glow more profoundly." so throw in some good plants and gage your lighting off their needs, not what ever soem one told you about the needs of neons for their "color." i may be wrong, but i am almost positive that this is just a way to get more money through more purchases... so good diet+good tank parametershealthy plant growth/coverage=more color+better fish activity

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I've not heard about lower wattage as such, but the colour of the light makes a difference. The fish themselves don't change colour (well, if you blast them with incredibly strong lights they might bleach out a bit), it is more about what is visually pleasing for humans.

IME the plant tubes seem to work really well for bringing out the reds and blues.

I think your light will be fine for your neons. It might not be the best of the best for making the colours pop, but I can't see them bleaching out and looking dull either.

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I know that Neon Tetras need lower lighting levels to have their best colors

OK I am always willing to learn where did that statement come from.

I have Cardinal Tetras and they are for more colourful than the plain Neon Tetras.
My lighting system for the 45lt tank twin 18ins 15W tubes on plant & one daylight.
The colours of the Cardinals is as good as I have seen at any LFS.

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Well on the profile for Neon Tetras it says that it is good to have dim lighting, thats where I read it.
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i had never heard of this and the profile could have been made ages ago when this could have been a theory for many... i think it is just a pointer maybe, but your lkight should be plenty dim for them. but i still stick by my statement that it depend more upon your plants than the fish themselves for the light, but also too much light can bleach them... (like above 3 wpg i would assume)... whatever you have should be fine and you could try finding the pinker tinted plant/aqurium blubs to help this

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EditedEdited by Callatya
I lied, apparently they can physically change colour:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3503061





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Well I'm going to get some Danios to cycle the tank with so keep me posted on what to do with my light.
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EditedEdited by white-worms
Personally, I think Tetras, just like discus look best under low light conditions

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