Natural Lighting

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by jumboswart, 2 May 2010.

  1. jumboswart

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    I was reading a thread about using skylights to light an aqaurium and was wondering if that isnt maybe the way to go with escom prices what they are. Any thoughts on how that would be feasable for a reef tank?:whistling:
     
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  3. Bob the (reef)builder

    Bob the (reef)builder

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    Its very feasable, and works beautifully. The easiest, but not neccessarily the cheepest way is to use the commercial solar tube.

    BUT you have to get 800mm or even bigger solar openings on the roof to get similar light to a 250w halide.

    The light is a bit on the yellow side so boosting with actinics is usually advised.:)
     
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    Thanks bob will give that a try when I get my new tank:biggrin:
     
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    It will deffinetley cut down eskom paymant! Man my electricity bill for the tank is almost half thanks to the lighting! Would be nice to have a opening in the roof for a tank:thumbup:, a little blue actinics here and a glass or perspex sheeting on the tank to prevent rain and any unwanted guests falling into the tank. And there you go instant free light...
     
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    Jumbo - did you scoop the tank ?:thumbup:
     
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    but i hear that natural light promotes algae growth... dont know if its true but i know when my tanks were by the window my tank was really green, when it was moved into a dark corner there was no algae... dont know if its true but maybe something to think about :)
     
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    That isnt true ;)

    Any light source will create algae if there are nutrients available for it.
     
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    Clint still waiting for the answers to my questions
     
  10. Bob the (reef)builder

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    Also have a look at my thread, Bobs reef 2 for an example of sunlight using a skylight in the roof.
     
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