For how long must my lights be on?

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  1. Meneer

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    I have 2 54W T5 Actinics and 2 10000 whites

    At this stage my lights are 1 Actinic and 1 white per ballast.

    I have 2 timers. Should I change the configuration to 2 Actinics and 2 Whites?
    I wanna set the timers to first switch off the one, and a few minutes later the other one.

    From what time till what time should the lights be on?
     
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  3. Annoying

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    The time you should pick yourself. I would change that one ballast has the actinics and the other the 10000K's. The average time would be to have the main lights (the 10000K) on for 5-7 hours, while the blue can be on from anything from 6-10 hours. This is just the basic time for lighting, but the basic is that the actinics should come on first followed by the 10000K a time after, and firstly the 10000K should go off and then the actinics. This is just to replicate how it would get lighter and darker in nature.
     
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    Meneer, when you start to cycle your tank restrict the time the lights are on as this will only promote algae growth, so not longer than 3hours per day
     
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    Hi there i will rather run a blue plus and actinic on 1 ballast and the whites on another,what i do is the following i start my blue plus actinic comes on around 1pm and then whites on at 2pm then whites off at 8,30 and blues off at 10pm,but for the first month while a cycle any tank i leave lights off then start off with half the time for 2 weeks and then go to full light length
     
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    Im gonna swap globes now so that I have 2 actinic on one ballast instead of one white and one blue :)
     
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    i swapped tubes a while back, so i had two actinic in one reflector and two white in another... the two didn't mix very well and looked pretty kak...
    i have since change back to mixed tubes in reflectors and will soon change the wires so that i can have the actinic on first and last. like from 06h00 - 20h00 and then white from 07h00-18h00 and 1x MH 150w on from 12h00 - 17h30.. i know it is a lot of light but i got some polyps that I'm trying to get to thrive.
    My Blennie lank is stoked with the algae production.
     
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    I swapped them now.. Looks same to me lol.. Except now I can have just actinics on :) .. Will upload pics on my thread
     
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