Yes, all of our Sea Clear Aquariums are safe for Freshwater and Saltwater. The Hood comes with a Fluorescent Fixture (bulbs are sold separately). The hood can house up to four Fluorescent Fixtures (extra fixtures sold separately). We manufacture the hood to accommodate up to four Fluorescent Fixtures to provide different types of fluorescence light bulbs.
There are three basic types of lighting used for reef aquariums, fluorescent lights, metal halide lights, and LEDs. Most enthusiast use only fluorescent lights or a combination of metal halide and fluorescent lights to illuminate their tanks. However, LED lighting is a great option. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Metal halide lamps will produce a more point source spot type lighting, but the bulbs burn hot and need to be placed higher above your aquarium. Fluorescent lamps produce a more spread out even-looking lighting and burn cool.
We recommend cleaning the hood and bulbs frequently with a damp cloth to remove any salt residue. We recommend replacing fluorescent bulbs every six months. The lamps will produce light for a much longer period but the spectrum and intensity shift and decrease slowly over time. Corals will become slowly adjusted to these lamp changes over time and if you then change a lamp suddenly the corals will be subjected to much more intense light and will be adversely affected.
The quality of aquatic life in your aquarium can be directly related to the quality of light. If the correct spectrum and intensity of light is not provided, the survival rate of your plants, corals, or invertebrates will be poor. When designing your aquarium lighting system, your goal should be to duplicate natural conditions. Thanks to recent advancements in lighting technology, this has become an easier task.
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