FAQ: What type of lighting does my aquarium need?


Which lighting style or fixture should I use on my aquarium?

Light plays an important role in the health of an aquarium.
Having a basic knowledge of this role can help you to have a healthier
aquarium of plants and fish.
Higher intensity lighting in
your aquarium will make it possible to maintain a more diverse array of
aquatic life. It’s not recommended to simply replace intensity with a
longer duration of less-intense light because this can actual do harm to
your plants and animals. It can cause them to grow more slowly and can
increase algae production.
Photoperiod Duration
This refers to the
amount of time the lights are on in your aquarium. If the lights in your
aquarium are on from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., then the photoperiod
duration is 12 hours. A constant photoperiod exists for most tropical
plants and animals; it’s best to try to replicate this in your aquarium.
Use a timer to ensure that the photoperiod duration in your tank
remains around 12 hours each day.

New LED lights from Marineland

There are several different types of lighting available for your aquarium.

Standard Fluorescent
is the most common. Along with being fairly inexpensive this type of
lighting is energy efficient and available in a wide variety of sizes
and spectrums.

High Output Fluorescent lighting fixtures
need a special ballast and special bulbs to operate. An increased
wattage is the biggest difference between these and standard fluorescent
bulbs. Also, these can run hot and may need extra cooling.

Power Compact Fluorescents
are new, but quickly growing in popularity. They are easy to use, have
high intensity lighting and run cool. They do require a special
ballast and fixture.

Metal Halides have the highest
intensity level available for aquariums. They also produce a large
amount of heat and often require additional cooling for your aquarium

LED or Light Emitting Diodes” are also new to the
aquarium scene. They are very energy efficient, cool running and their
bulbs can last up to 10 years. Using a combination of LED wattage and
various color spectrums can bring you as close to actual sunlight in
your aquarium as possible.

For information on Aquatic Life and Current lighting systems, visit our reef aquariums page. For videos of other lighting products, check out our product videos page.

Click the image to watch a video of the Current-USA Orbit LED Lighting System


Learn about Aquatic Life 3W Expert Series LED Lighting System


Expert series LED fixture designed to grow corals at depth up to 30″
* High output CREE LEDs produce high PAR levels with low-energy use
* White, Blue, Royal Blue & Red CREE LEDs provide optimum lighting for marine aquariums

Multiple 3W CREE LEDs produce high PAR levels for coral growth even at a
depth of 30″. Aquatic Life 3.0W Marine LED Light Fixture employs a
powerful array of White, Blue, Royal Blue and Red CREE LEDs to provide
optimum lighting for marine aquariums. Enjoy brilliant LED illumination
and simple remote control with the expert series 3.0W Marine LED Light

Included USB cable connects the easy-to-program Aquatic Life 3.0W Marine
LED Light Fixture directly to your computer. Download software from the
Aquatic Life website for complete setup and custom programming of your
fixture. Once installed, program up to three independent 24-hour light
cycles with up to 18 color combinations and intensities, PLUS cloud
cover, lightning storm and lunar light effects. Included remote allows
simple, push button access to programmed light cycles and lighting
effects to enhance and highlight fish and coral coloration.

Aquatic Life 3.0W Marine LED Light Fixture comes with: LED Fixture w/LED
80° and 100° Lenses, Handheld Remote Control, Suspension Hardware (14″
only), USB Cable (14″ only), and Multi-voltage Power Supply.

Please Note: A PC is required to operate your Aquatic Life 3.0W Marine LED Light Fixture.


Large LED mounting area for even light distribution
Durable built-in components
Passive cooling for quiet operation
Interchangeable 80° and 100° lenses
Front panel indicator vividly displays current lighting status
Modular components with quick disconnects for simple upgrades and part replacement
750-825 Max PAR @12″
250-300 max par @24″

Click here to check out an amateur video demonstration of the 3W Expert Series.