Lighting isn’t all that important for African Cichlids compared to things like filtration and diet. Aside from the basic day / night cycle there isn’t much more you need to worry about with these fish. So when talking about lighting African Cichlid tanks we’re mostly concerned with how it looks to the human eye and secondarily how well algae will grow. My experience over the past year working with the existing 75G YouTube Live stream tank is that digital cameras (including the iPhone) are not tuned to deal well with blue light. Instead they seem to perform best when in light conditions that most closely match bright sunlight. 10-12K LEDs are the best bet in this regard. The cooler and crisper the light source the better. Here’s an example of my current 75G tank’s 10K diy LEDs tuned to near perfection…
I have had cichlids for little over a year now
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this video is to show my light setup on my fish tank, and how I mounted it to my hood. my tank is a standard size 75 gallon, but the light setup will work for a 55 gallon tank too. this setup is the cheapest and best setup I could think of and it work very well as you can see at the end of the video. I have had this light above my tank for about 3 months and the only thing that is bad about it is it puts out so much light that I have to clean the glass every other day because the alga grows so fast! I'm not exaggerating at all. the light fixture is from the home depot and it cost 20$. the fixture is rated to be in damp environments and uses standard 48" bulbs (2 of them). I mounted it to my hood using two screws through the frame of the fixture.
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