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Old 04-17-2015, 04:13 PM   #1
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Best light fixture for 60 gal cichlid tank?


I recently had my beamworks LED light fixture break down. What are some suggestions for replacing the light fixture. There are no live plants because I was told that cichlids will eat/uproot the plants...If anyone has any input with regards to that I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks for any feedback. I'm new to the site/community and look forward to hearing your suggestions.
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Old 04-17-2015, 05:36 PM   #2
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I recently had my beamworks LED light fixture break down. What are some suggestions for replacing the light fixture. There are no live plants because I was told that cichlids will eat/uproot the plants...If anyone has any input with regards to that I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks for any feedback. I'm new to the site/community and look forward to hearing your suggestions.
which model broke and what broke?
As to replacement lighting w/ no plants.. Almost anything is an option..
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Old 04-17-2015, 06:21 PM   #3
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Agreed, almost any lighting is an option...

Most of the time here we're focusing on getting enough light for plants, without being so much that algae is a problem.

In your case, you're going to want something quite low on the light output scale, as the only plants feeding on it will be algae. You just need it to be bright enough for human viewing pleasure.

Although I'd never suggest one on a deep tank that is planted, a Current USA Satellite+ seems like a perfect fit for your needs. It's not incredibly bright, is dimmable, and has color customization that you can use to suit your viewing pleasure.

If that's too costly, a Finnex Stingray would probably be fine as well, it's enough light for plant growth in shallow tanks, but not really intended for 24" deep tanks. Its red and blue LEDs should enhance the colors of your fish, but doesn't really have any adjustment, just on and off.
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:50 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. It was a Beamworks Single Bright Power LED Aquarium Light Fixture 800. The tank is higher than I'd like, I bought it as a gift for my girlfriend and got a great deal on it. Unfortunately, the height to width ratio causes spacing issues.
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