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Is an UV lamp dangerous for fish?

The answer to your question is yes and no. If you are using UVA light (black light) then this is safe for your fish; most of the light sources used on fish tanks do emit these wavelengths to some ...
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Adverse effects of always on 24/7 lighting on red cherry shrimp

Shrimp are more active at lower lighting and during complete blackouts (nighttime). If you would leave your light on for the entire day, they will go into hiding and become stressed. They will start ...
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Do UVB halogen mini bulbs implicitly include UVA?

When generated artificially, UV light is generated in very narrow bands. So it is quite possible that you only get what is advertised. The generation is based on how atoms work - at the level of ...
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Is my lighting correct for a bearded dragon?

Reptiles need to thermoregulate so you should always have a daytime basking light along with the tube UVB light for the cooler end. Mercury vapor bulbs or metal halide bulbs for basking are the ...
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Do aquarium turtles require basking every day?

Ok, I will leave the filter- and space-questions to others (I am not too good at those when it comes to turtles), but pointers about the light and the sitting on the flowers: About the light: Turtles ...
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What does "eggcrate" mean in the context of a material for a turtle basking area?

Yes, "eggcrate" means the sturdy cartons eggs are transported and sold in. It also means the general shape of egg cartons and can be used for materials like foam in that shape: A third ...
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Does too much light cause stress for fish in fresh water aquarium?

Are you turning the lights on and off by hand? If so, I'd strongly recommend a timer, they cost around $10 USD on Amazon, or your favorite pet store. I personally think that inconsistent light times ...
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Dealing with feather discoloration

You are correct--your conure's current feathers will remain until his next molt. I'm a little concerned that he is on a diet almost entirely of pellets. Conures like and need variety in their diets. ...
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Aquarium lighting systems that follow seasonal changes?

Easy way.. buy a dawn to dusk photo cell. Wire it to a relay. Normal switching for photo cell porch light. On at dark, off at dawn. Relay on at night cuts power to your lights. At dawn relay off send ...
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Aquarium lighting systems that follow seasonal changes?

I know something about this subject because I've tried to find a lightswitch (for my home office) that does the same thing. I have tried two different timer wall switches that say they turn on at dusk ...
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What kind of basking areas exist for turtles?

DIY hanging kind of cage A cage from egg-crate-grid is resting onto two bent pipes. The pipes are hooked onto the tank's edges. The pipes are secured with screws to not disconnect. The cage holds ...
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Full Spectrum LED (400nm to 840nm) vs Grow Light LED (RED+BLUE)

I don't think the lights you mention is made for fish tanks. This doesn't mean they can't be used but a better choice would be to try finding lighting made for fish tanks. Maybe ask for some advice ...
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How High Can I Raise My Lights?

Not knowing what type of corals you have (soft vs. hard) this is what I've come up with: If you have a hybrid fixture (metal halides/t5 combo body fixture) you will want them about 6-7" inches from ...
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Light spectrum visible to hamsters

From a more technical perspective: IR is a notion for a wide range of wavelenghts. IR vision can be in near-IR or thermal which is on the other end of the range. Near-IR vision still needs the objects ...
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What remaining equipment do I need for a marine aquarium?

There are an infinite number of ways to setup a reef so I won't point to any specific products. I'm also making the assumption that by reef you mean a marine tank with rock, coral displays, inverts, ...
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Is an UV lamp dangerous for fish?

Nothing can be compared to natural sunlight. I recently moved my fish from artificial lighting to my balcony - open to air, sunlight and without a lid. The difference was evident within two weeks. ...
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Should Aquarium fish follow seasonal changes?

As with most things related to fish keeping, it will depend on the type of fish you have and what you want to do with it. Although I don't think light will have a big impact, but the temperature ...
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What does "eggcrate" mean in the context of a material for a turtle basking area?

The only somewhat decent translations I could find were kunststoff-gitter or grid trennung. It may be helpful to use the term eggcrate grille when searching.
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What does "eggcrate" mean in the context of a material for a turtle basking area?

If I translate it to German I get all sorts of boxes to hold eggs in storage... and I saw this turtle basking tower ... as do-it-yourself-video on youtube Additionally, notice that pretty much ...
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Full Spectrum LED (400nm to 840nm) vs Grow Light LED (RED+BLUE)

I got a ready-made setup of 7500K LED light with 6 blue LEDs. It's giving very good results, but the only thing is blue light favours algae growth. That's the only factor which was killing my tank's ...
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How many hours should lights be on for a turtle?

First things first, let's briefly discuss the UV spectrum. The UV spectrum is split into three parts: UV-A, which is basically heat. UV-B, necessary for vitamin D3 synthesis. UV-C, the harmful part ...
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