my thoughts on lighting

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  1. mandrin

    mandrin

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    hi ...all hope u guys are well.....
    i am almost 5 months in this hobby
    and i am loving it :thumbup: ..about the lites ..althought i have a 37 l tank , i have a mini refugium at the back, i invested in two timers
    one for display lites and one for the refuguim lite they work on reverse ..and i keep my display lites on for bout 9 hours will slowly incease to 12 ...
    just wana tell u new guys know its good to get those timers it helps
    guys wat u think considering i am a newbie lo l;)
     
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  3. Elrond

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    It mostly depends what the lights are being used for in the DT. What are you keeping (coral wise).

    I have my lights on a 11 hour cycle for the DR and 7 hours for the DSB. I also have 6xT5 24W lights.

    Taking a simple view - 12 hours is fine. Sometimes you need less if your algae goes mad, othertimes you need more if your corals demand it.

    Some details or even a picture are helpful :)
     
  4. mandrin

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    ok well i hve been tryin to load pics but it jus wont go on .....
    well at the moment i got some green and blue and brown mushrooms , green star polyps zoas, xeina ( small frag ) an i got a toadstool well i am gona increase lite to 1 hour ever month until i reach 12 hours dont wana over kill ....
     
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    I had trouble burning up my corals when I first got my LED's, because I had them on too long. Gradually increasing photo period is a wise choice. :)
     
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    thanks ..
    well wat about your refuguim to u have the lits on there for 12 hours as well and in reverse of display tank..is that the best route to take ...
     
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