Can aquarium lighting be too bright for my fish because they are hiding.
I do have live plants in there.
They eat normally.
Water Levels are fine
What light you have?
Did you installed the light recently?
For what duration is the light on?
me too same questions....
which type of fish do you have in your aquarium?
Many kind of fishes like to hide there self under stone or leave..as Achintya asked you which kind of fishes you have..
I have tiger barbs.
I do also have live plants and good hiding places for my barbs.
I just bought these bulbs to see if they work:http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11252592
I just installed them a couple a minutes ago.
Now my fish were hiding since I ever put these bulbs in.
What's the problem?
Since its installed recently the fishes will take some time to adjust with the environment. Wait for a few more days and do notify us about the status
Alright will do.
Who knows why the fish would just 'suddenly hide, but I would bet that they are more powerful bulbs, and therefore when you switch your lights on its a very sudden change for them and startles them a bit. So they hide.
Another possible is that they may well instinctively hide in case a predator above water can see them .. so they hide under leaves to shield themselves from the light.
As much as possible try and mimic the night/day cycle and keep it going like that.. this is a big change in light brightness most likely and your fish are telling you NO!.
well thats my theory
It's been a few days and they are still hiding.
The 2 new bulbs I got were a cool Incandescent blue.
25 watts each bulb
2 25 watts bulb thats 50 watts...what is your tank size?
i have few suggestions. for your plant 1-1.5 watts per gallon is enough depending on the types of plants. before switching the aquarium light on swith on the room light. the fishes will get accustomed a little more by that. i dont know by blue what you meant but purely blue light may scare the fishes. and fluoroscent lamps have higher amount of light than the incandescent tubes of same wattage. you can try covering those bulbs with white paper. that will dim the light a little more.
if you think the lights are perfect for your size of tank then try to feed them with the lights on. by this their shyness will go away.
My aquarium is a 10 gallon.
Try with a plain white 5 watt CFL
go for cool daylight cfl. they look and are great....