Brighten up your nano aquarium with the Fluval Daylight Aqualife & Plant LED Nano Aquarium Lamp.
Now that the pendulum has swung fully towards the LED side of tech, it seems that the reef aquarium hobby is ready to revisit a more balanced blend of lighting that T5s and LEDs can offer together. Leading the charge towards the best of both worlds, is NanoBox Reef with their new hybrid LED & T5 light which incorporates a whole slew of features that simply are not available from any other lighting company.
Here is a summary of lighting requirements for different aquarium types. I recommend timers for any aquarium to provide good daylight/night cycles, however this is even more important with Planted Freshwater and Saltwater Reef or Nano Reef tanks. Turn the actinic lights on about one to 1/2 hour ahead of the daylight bulbs and one to 1/2 hour later in the evening. I generally have the brightest lights on for about 12 hours per day, with 1 or maybe 2 hours of less bright or "ramping" up or down of LEDs if used. Sometimes with MH I will have them in a third cycle that is on for only abut 10 hours or less.
Despite commentary in some aquarium keeping forums, there is NO evidence that ramping up and down much longer than 1 hour where strong lighting is used provides ANY benefit to plant growth, fish, or reef environments (this is not applicable where one low to moderate lighting is used and one on/off cycle is all that is needed). I have personally kept many aquariums (100s) going back to where only timers were all we had and used single time one for strong lighting, partial tank on with full lighting an hour later, and multiple timers. While have partial lights on for an hour did produce results over a strong on/off, multiple cycles made NO difference! Think of it this way; in tropical regions, there is little difference in bending of light rays from the sun much past an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset, so thinking a ramp up/down cycle much more than this time will make a difference has no practical or scientific evidence to back this up.
For LED moonlight settings, generally just a 1-5% of your full lighting power setting is sufficient between main lighting cycles. If you have separate moonlights, I would run these 8-16 hours (I have yet to find in benefit from this that can be scientifically proven other than aesthetics).
ANY fluorescent light used for aquarium applications such as planted aquariums or reef, slowly burns up phosphors and other rare earth elements that produce the light energy necessary for PUR. As with a UVC bulb/lamp used for a UV Sterilizer, these lights go through a "half life", meaning that a light that is run 12 hours per day that may last 2 years (as per rated life) should be actually replaced every year otherwise these lamps are running at 50% and less of initial light energy production and then often producing much more yellow light and even an imbalance of red that is inducing to more algae and cyanobacteria growth in particular.
The picture to above/left clearly demonstrates the difference we can see with just our human eye between new 6400K Daylight SHO and one nearly two years old. The color temperature of the old lamp/light.
JBJ 6 Gallon Nano Cube Aquarium with (2) Nite-Vu LED Moonlights ..
The AquaIllumination Prime LED Light is the definition of advanced nano aquarium lighting. High strength, efficient lighting, full spectrum, wide spread and app controlled lighting are all some of the features this light brings to the tank First you will need to attach the fixture and legs together using the provided screws. Only screw they in as much as needed. Excess force on the screws can cause them to break. Additionally if you notice your light is not stable you may have the screws in backwards.
The Wave-point features an adjustable neck that allows you angle the light however you please. For larger tanks with less demanding plants you should opt to stand the light up as high as possible. This spreads the light over a greater distance to help eliminate dark spots.
If your corners are covered you can lower the light to increase the strength the tanks inhabitants receive. This is ideal for heavily planted tanks.
The lights cord is five and a half feet long, allowing you plenty of space to set up this nano aquarium LED light. Oddly they did not add an on/off switch to the cord or light itself.