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I mostly view my tank in the evening and at night. i work graveyard and i would like to know if this is possible? when bright lights are on my plecos hide and i never see them out and about with regular lights that i use for growing plants and viewing my cichlids. would a actinic light be dim enough for them to come out.

my other concern is this maybe to bright for my cichlids to 'sleep'? when i come home i often see them resting on the bottom not moving. (thought they died the first few times) timers are a posibility but my wife likes the ambient lighting of the tank. currently i use a blue incan bulb but the coating has faded after about a week
 

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i have a gutted 18in t8 fixture i could use. also what about a SYLVANIA 13-Watt Black Compact Fluorescent? my diy hood is alread wired for cfl bulbs

Edit: my other option is to build a small led bulb, maybe 3 or 4'leds
 

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LED's can work, and possibly the other options. If you've got the stuff and ability to build something, I'd go ahead and tinker and see what works. Keep in mind many fish live at depths where only blue light gets through, so that's a perfectly normal 'day' for them. I think you're going to have to go fairly dim.
 

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Look at purchasing a moon light.
 
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