My light just died. Not sure if it is the bulb or the starter thing.
All I have is a betta in a 10 gallon tank--no live plants. Does he NEED the light or is just for me to see him?
The room he is in gets filtered sunlight.
The light is mostly for your benefit and for live plants.
will an aquarium light lessen the reflection in the tank walls? I notice he is flaring at his reflection much more now. will it overstress him and if so what can I do? The tank is against a wall perpendicular to a window that is about five feet away.
A table lamp with a low wattage compact fluorescent bulb may make a difference. In addition, starters and small fluorescent tubes are usually inexpensive and easy to replace.
Thanks you for the feedback Johnarthur. Oh I'm not worried about the expense. Who knows how much I have already spent on my $6 fish
Its just a busy week and I was not sure when I could get out to get a light, If it is not essential I will not stress it and get it when I get it.
bettas dont need lights, but based on my experiences they like having the lights on during the day, but they really prefer that the lights go off completely at night around 8:00, and during a storm, just leave the room light on, tank light off. And, in the morning, if the sun isnt bright, you can put your betta in a small container and allow it to sun itself. Also, no, a light will not reduce the reflection and it will not stress him, it will more exercise him, so dont be too concerned. I speak from experience, but I do have my flaws, so you dont have to agree with me.
One thing to remember about Bettas is they need to be in a certain tempature of water (the 70 degree to 82 degree range). I dont get any natural light where I keep my fish, so the light bulb keep the temperature constant, I have it on during the day and off at night. As long as the water temp is good I would say your good without a lightbulb. Usually when my lightbulb burns out it takes me a day or two to have time to go to the store to get one but I can always tell the water is getting cool cus my Beta gets very still.
My betta doesnt seem to like light. When I turn it off he shows off n looks happier. So im looking into getting a blue lightbulb . Though the white light makes my white sand stand out . I want him to be happy
Whenevr I turn on my light my betta sees his reflection and flares for up to 5 min after I turn it off....so I dont bother with my light
It is mainly for you to see him better and be able to see all of his true color, if you have no plants honestly no you don't need one yet I still would recommend one.
No, Bettas do not need aquarium lights, because they live in Thailand's mud puddles, so they are used to pitch black at night. However they DO need light to live. I would suggest putting your Betta in a well light room, but lit with sunlight. That way your Betta can stay in a room where there is more activity and it gets the light it needs.