Lighting in DSB / Sump / ATS

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  1. marsbrat

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    Hi,

    In my sump I have a DSB and ATS. Water gets skimmed, then passes over DSB, Pump takes some through ATS and drips back onto DSB and the to the return pump and carbon filter.

    I have 2 x 50W energy saver globes in the sump. Is this the correct option? They are 5000K Phillips globes. Does the ATS need heat or need light?
     
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    ats only needs light not heat
     
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    Any specific light...? My algae seems to be growing very slowly in the ATS and VERY fast in the tank!?
     
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    has your ats been roughened up yet, if not i would stick a piece of shade cloth on it , the algae need a rough place to stick to.
     
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    I rubbed the sand on it like suggested...It is starting to grow, but very slow!?
     
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    sand on it? is it made from glass?
     
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    what i suggest is to try get it rougher for now , the one i put in is also growing slow , i am going to stick some masquito mesh on it to help it along, i would suggest you do the same i will try get you some and give you a hand
     
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    Yes, the ATS is glass. Rubbed rough sand on it to give glass a rougher finish.

    Thanks Kukla
     
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    awesome brat
     
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    u can never have it rough enough, put same shade cloth on it and see it pop
     
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    Thanks...

    What is the ideal times to run the lights in the DT and Sump. Currently mine are:

    DT - Whites - on at 0700 and off at 1900
    DT - Blues - on at 0600 and off at 2100
    Sump - 2 x 50W Energy savers - these run 23 hours a day!
     
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    i would bring the lighting period down this could also be the cause of the algae growth in you DT
    remember my tank runs from 15:00 to 20:00
    my sump lights will go off for 1 hour at 15:00 to 16:00
    23 hours should be ok , i know you can drop the sump lighting on the ATS to about 18 hours
     
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    Reverse cycle to the DT lighting.
     
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    this tank has a ATS above the DSB, so the lighting from the ATS would light the DSB
     
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