Aquarium Lighting

Aquarium Lighting

As an aquarium owner, you know the importance of having proper lighting for your underwater ecosystem. The right aquarium lights promote healthy plant and coral growth while showcasing your fish and decor in their best light. But with so many lighting options on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the perfect setup for your unique aquascape. This is where FIXIT UAE’s aquarium lighting service comes in. With their expertise, FIXIT UAE takes the guesswork out of aquarium illumination. In just 100 words, this introduction sets the stage for an informative article about how FIXIT UAE’s customized aquarium lighting solutions can help you achieve optimal conditions for a thriving underwater habitat.

Aquarium Lighting

The Importance of Proper Aquarium Lighting

Light Spectrum

The type of light spectrum provided by your aquarium light fixture is crucial for healthy plant and algae growth. Full spectrum or daylight bulbs that provide a balance of warm and cool light wavelengths are ideal for most planted aquariums. Blue wavelengths promote plant and algae growth while red wavelengths bring out the vivid colors of your fish and plants. Using full spectrum bulbs with a color temperature of 6500K to 7500K will ensure your aquarium receives the proper light spectrum.

Light Intensity

The intensity of the light, measured in lumens, must match the needs of your specific planted aquarium setup. Low light plants require lower intensity around 2,000 to 5,000 lumens while medium to high light plants need 5,000 lumens or more. The number and types of plants, size of your aquarium, and photoperiod all determine the necessary light intensity. Providing more light than your plants can utilize will lead to excessive algae growth. Use a light meter to properly measure your aquarium‘s light intensity.


Most aquarium plants need 10 to 12 hours of light per day to thrive. The specific photoperiod depends on your type of plant and should match what they receive in their natural habitat. For example, tropical plants need longer photoperiods closer to 12 hours while temperate plants only need 10 hours. During the photoperiod, run your aquarium lights at full intensity. An automatic timer lets you set the photoperiod and ensures the lights are turned on and off at the proper times every day.

Providing the proper light spectrum, intensity, and photoperiod for your planted aquarium will result in healthy, vibrant plants and minimal algae growth. Be sure to research the specific lighting needs of the plants you want to include to determine the best setup for your aquarium. With the right aquarium light fixture and some occasional adjustments, you’ll have a planted tank you can enjoy for years to come.

Aquarium Lighting Options From FIXIT UAE

LED Lighting

LED aquarium lights are extremely energy-efficient and long-lasting. FIXIT UAE offers LED lighting options for both freshwater and marine aquariums. For freshwater aquariums, we recommend LED lights with a color temperature between 6,500K to 10,000K to promote healthy plant growth. For marine reef tanks, we suggest LEDs with actinic blue wavelengths between 450nm to 465nm and warm white LEDs to bring out the vibrant colors of corals and anemones.

T5 Fluorescent Lights

T5 high-output fluorescent tubes produce a bright light ideal for planted freshwater aquariums and reef tanks. We provide T5 lighting systems with reflectors to maximize light output. T5 fluorescents emit a broad spectrum suitable for photosynthesis in plants and corals. We recommend replacing T5 bulbs every 6-12 months to ensure maximum light intensity.

Metal Halide Lights

Metal halide aquarium lights generate an intense light that is excellent for heavily planted freshwater setups and accelerating coral growth in marine reef aquariums. The broad spectrum light emitted by metal halides brings out the radiant colors of fish and invertebrates. However, metal halide bulbs require replacement every 6-18 months and consume a significant amount of energy compared to LED and T5 options.

Aquarium Lighting

At FIXIT UAE, we aim to provide you with the necessary information and recommendations to select suitable aquarium lighting based on your setup and needs. Our team has many years of experience in aquarium lighting solutions and can help determine the optimal choice for your freshwater or marine aquarium. Please contact us if you need any assistance in selecting and installing new aquarium lighting.

What type of aquarium lighting do we provide?

At FIXIT UAE, we provide a wide range of aquarium lighting solutions to suit your needs. This includes LED lights, metal halide lights, T5 fluorescent tubes, and compact fluorescent lights. LED lights are the most energy-efficient and long-lasting option. They produce a bright light that penetrates deep into the aquarium. Metal halide lights also provide intense light but require more frequent bulb replacements. T5 and compact fluorescent tubes provide good general lighting for most community aquariums. Our lighting experts can recommend the best solution based on your aquarium size and the types of fish you keep.

How do you determine the right amount of light for your aquarium?

The amount of light your aquarium requires depends on several factors. More light is needed for aquariums with live plants and corals. Fish-only tanks typically require moderate lighting. As a general rule, aim for the following:

  • 2-3 watts per gallon for fish-only tanks. •3-5 watts per gallon for planted freshwater tanks. •4-8 watts per gallon for reef tanks with corals.

We recommend starting with less light and gradually increasing the intensity over a few weeks to avoid algae blooms. Use a timer to control the light cycle for your fish and plants. Most community aquariums do well with 10-12 hours of light per day.

Do we provide aquarium lighting installation and maintenance services?

Yes, we offer full installation and ongoing maintenance for your aquarium lighting system. Our technicians will install your new lights, set up timers, and help determine the optimal lighting schedule for your aquarium inhabitants. We also provide regular maintenance services to replace bulbs, clean light fixtures, and ensure your lighting system remains in proper working order. Proper lighting is essential for a healthy aquarium, so regular maintenance helps avoid any issues.

Aquarium Lighting


Ultimately, proper aquarium lighting is essential for a healthy, thriving underwater ecosystem. By turning to the experts at FIXIT UAE for your aquarium lighting needs, you can ensure your fish and coral receive the full spectrum, intensity, and color temperature of light they require. With decades of combined experience illuminating both freshwater and saltwater aquariums of all sizes, FIXIT UAE’s team has the knowledge and skills to recommend, install, and maintain the ideal lighting solution for your tank. So, Trust FIXIT UAE to keep your aquarium inhabitants shimmering under the glow of naturalistic, energy-efficient LED or fluorescent lighting designed to bring out their vibrant colors. Your fish, invertebrates, and plants will thank you for partnering with a lighting service that understands their light requirements are as diverse as the sea.

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