Okay this is something that may or may not have a good answer.
I know fish are both sensitive and not really very particular. So here’s the question!
My wife wants to get a Betta fish - the best room in the house is, naturally, the one we regulate for the plants. They like warm semi-tropical and require quite warm water (75-80°) The lights are on the opposite side of a 9x13 room (occupying about 9x6 of it) - but do y’all know whether the intensity from Grow lights (2.1k watts, roughly) is going to overwhelm a betta? It will be indirect and I can certainly find a way to utilize a reflector or something if it seems necessary. But I also know plants inside fish tanks will need plant-spectrum lighting.
Thanks in advance whoever may know.
Interesting question . Curious as to the answer myself.
Also curious… we need answers!
Look i don’t think it will be a problem having ur tank in the same room as ur grow both the fish and plants in the tank would most likely benefit from the lights ur using for ur grow ,fish need a full spectrum light aswell to help bring out colours and for growing the only thing that maybe a problem is u may end up with algae bloom but depending if ur fish eat algae thats not a bad thing
You know that direct sunlight is more intense than most LED grow lights if within normal distance for cannabis.
So if you need to shade them I would think they will thrive. I think beta live in ditches and stagnant water in Southeast Asia. So just see if you can provide similar conditions.
From my experience, Google search says;
‘Betta fish typically need 8 to 12 hours of light, and 12 to 16 of darkness, so make turning off your tank light a pre-bedtime habit. If your Betta fish has too much light, it can become overly stimulated and stressed. You’ll see this stress play out in feeding habits mostly: Some Bettas won’t eat at all when stressed by too much light.’
Theres always a way around all that somehow j
Pretty perfect, it’s my room for flowering and autos, so they’re on a perpetual 12/12 light cycle. I might change up the time of day to be lights on during the night but I’m suspecting the fish is not going to care about having one day of extended darkness when I do that change-over. Don’t particularly want to pay summer AC running prices for lights and the AC during daylight $$ hours.
Thanks. That’s insightful.
Yep, they get them rain days in the environment so you’ll just be giving them a break. I enjoy a summer break with a brief bit of extended darkness.
I’ve had quite a few bettas and I am positive that flowering lights will be too much. I would put him in the shade of the girls leaves. Better yet, give the betta a 5 gallon tank with aquarium light. A 5-10 gallon tank you only need a 50 watt aquarium heater. Cheap money (Aqueon preset @78 degrees) and doesn’t use much electricity at all. Led aquarium light for small tank also short money and efficient use of power.
I love my bettas. They’re so personable!
Just saw this
“The lights are on the opposite side of a 9x13 room”
It will be fine!
I need to read more slowly or pay more attention lol
story of my life.
That’s good - if indirect from across the room doesn’t sound overwhelming, then we’re golden. My wife is gonna be pumped - we have been holding off getting a betta until we knew it was safe or could come up with a better place for it.
I love seeing someone think it through before getting a pet. Too many people think they can just buy a betta, plop it in a bowl, and that’s all
Props to you and your wife
Yeah, I learned quickly that was not at all a good idea. We got a 10 gal tank a while back, with the understanding that’s about as small as they can really be comfortable. In retrospect knowing it will be in a spot with no foot traffic, I wish we’d gotten a 15 or 20, but what can ya do! She has read all about them and has been hunting down ideal parts of the environment bit by bit.
I’ve always been a dog person, and bettas seem an awful lot like the dogs of the fish world.
They totally ARE! So much personality! They beg for food like a dog too 10 gallon tank is more than adequate. I’d add plants and a piece of driftwood, some Marino moss balls, and some of the bettas like to chill in one of those cut out half coconut shells (only problem with them is the debris that gets trapped inside). One of mine liked to hang out in a hollow floating “log” too
Yeah I had some large oscars (Astronotus ocellatus) that I could feed by hand, they would see me and wag their tails like little dogs and get all excited whenever they saw me, could even pet them.
Outta likes but Oscars are so cool. I have a big ole Severum atm who grabs earthworms from my hand. He swims away from me if I show up empty handed Brat he is! So no petting yet. Maybe in time…
@Graysin i recommend a sponge filter with air pump for the betta. The hang on back filters can put out too much current for long finned bettas. As for putting in a piece of driftwood, The driftwood helps keep the ph down and releases natural tannins in the ways that are beneficial to bettas
Yeah I used to be really into fish, had like 12 tanks around the house ranging from a 5 gal to a 300 gal. Had freshwater fish, saltwater fish, planted tanks, had a reef tank with metal halide lights for the corals. The 300 gal was a peaceful community tank with over 200 neon tetras (and other peaceful fish), was so cool watching them school around.
That’s amazing! Multiple Tank Syndrome’s a real affliction
I would love to see that 300 gallon
I’ve got a 20 long planted tank with neons and harlequin rasboras. Even though it’s one of my smallest tanks , it’s one of my favorites
@Graysin sorry for hijacking your thread
No way! It’s a thread all about fish! No hijacking at all. Unless it’s not about fish or growing weed. Then it’s hijacking. And even then 99.99% of thread hijacks are either informative or humorous.