new 1.6m reef coming soon

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  1. toppdogg

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    hey guys i am starting a new 1600mm x 700 x 600(h) soon my question is can i cycle without lights?
     
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    How long are you planning to not have lights for? The entire cycle? I cycled mine without lights and I've seen no side effects.
     
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    Yes ToppDogg - you can indeed cycle without lights..... BUT, I would suggest getting/putting on SOME lighting (even if it is just temporary) that you can get your algae blooms..... else you think your cycle is over - and then you only start getting algae blooms.
     
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    its actually better to cycle without lights as the lights are the catalyst that cause nuisance alges to get a foot hold on the system because of fluctuating chemisty. Avoid adding light to maturing water and allow your LR to establish and then flick the switch.
     
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    My choice is to cycle with the lights on for 4-5 hours a day. Reason being, I prefer to watch the different types of algaes grow and then die off as soon as the cycle is completed. By cycling with the lights off, after the cycle you switch the lights on, then the algae breaks out. IMO
     
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    thanks for the answers guy the reason why i asked is that the lighting is in my exsisting setup and dont want to remove until new tank is cycled and ready for livestock i will put light on sump with calerpa and dsb will this help?
     
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    thats what i thought aswell thanks les thats the answer i was looking for.
     

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