How important is a night light

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  1. Charl_Stanhope

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    Hi guys

    How important is a night light(moonlight) in a setup ? The reason Im asking is my leds im using as a night light got destroyed by salt spray. Should I rush out and go buy a night light or is it ok to run a setup without a night light.
     
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    I don't have any..my fish sleep in darkness...as far as I know "moonlights" is just for you'r "viewing pleasure" at night and nothing else...
     
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    The Moon is very important it's what causes the currents and Waves - I suggest you get a moon light that does the same :tt2::lol:


     
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    :lol::lol:just connect your tank to the moon.then you will have all the tides.
     
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    Thats what I thought,but then googled and google came up with a lot of crap. Now I not sure anymore
     
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    My daughter is 8 and still has her night light on when she goes to sleep :tt2:
     
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    No need for night light. Your corals close so they dont care and the fish are clueless anyway.
     
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    Have to agree with the above. Neither your corals nor your fish HAVE TO HAVE moonlights, but I have noticed that when for some reason my moonlights arent on, the fish are very nervous when you move around the tank. One thing for sure, they are creatures of habit..... they get used to things done in a certain way and when its changed.... theyre nervous!!! :(
     
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    I read somewhere that it can cause ur coral to spawn... Correct me if I'm wrong
     
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    If you have a sump light that is on when your lights are off don't worry as that will help your PH, but I'm not sure how much advantage if any a small moon light will be to the system. Maybe for you yes.;)
     
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    my tank goes lights out at 7 pm (all bud the sump)and back on at 8 am , and my fishies are happy, my tank is only 5 mounths old bud it works for me ,
     
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    Its only there for the human viewing pleasure.

    What happens when its dark moon? then its really dark...
     
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    bit of a contradiction here, but in my experience my fish sleep better with a moon light, Couple guys I've spoken to have mentioned that reefs are never dark dark unless there is some sort of cloud cover, even the stars give off enough light over the ocean to give off a pale light on the reef, reason for the fish sleeping better in my opinion and simple thoughts is they can actually be somewhat more aware of their surroundings, cause there are a number of Nocturnal Predators around in the real reef situation, and possibly the same within a few of the Tanks we keep...
     
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    My fuge light leaks into my tank, and I have found once or twice when it was off one or two of my fish started going a bit crazy and trying to jump out of the tank.

    I know in the sea it plays a part in coral spawning, but I don't think thats it make a big difference to the coral in our tanks.
     
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    Thanx for the replies. My first initial thought was that the moonlights is for human viewing pleasure only. But surely the moon's light must hold some sort of benefit to the reefs out there. I know it affects the tides etc. But then logic tells me that the moonlights we have are for viewing pleasure only because nocturnal animals don't need the light. As @Wes said,maybe the light is there to help the diurnal animals be aware of their surroundings.
     
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    I have had my clowns jump into the back chambers quite often since I lost the moonlight. But now,a couple of days later,they seem to be use to the fact of not having a moonlight.
     
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    Lol

    I love when people say fish try to jump out of the tank. Its simply not the case. Fish swim in the tank and sometimes they get startled and swim fast to the left/right/up/down. Sometimes swimming up causes them to breach the surface of the water and us silly humans think they trying to escape the confines of the tank :lol:
     
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    Not 100% true, shrimps like cleaner shrimps and coral banded shrimps often go on walkabouts during the night foraging for food, crabs also come out and if it is a predatory crab and your fish can't see it coming then... plus many corals are known to spawn under moonlight, so I believe moonlights are beneficial for both the tank inhabitants and the viewer.
     
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    I find this to be a very funny thread, firstly the moon light is never the same and it changes daily and then also every season. I am lucky my tank currently has lots of sun light and will get moon light as well. but I don't think one LED is the same as the moon and it's affects.

    This is just to grey to start making statements of how it works
     
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    Last month I woke up to find my tank a milky smelly sespit. Did a 5% WC and by 11am all was back to normal. I asume this was a mass coral spauning.
     
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