Reef Photoperiod LPS

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  1. Potions

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    Hi guys

    I need some advise in regards to photo-period. I've currently got a Aquaray Aquabeam 2000HD LED unit, which runs close to the equivalent of MH at 100%. I'm currently running them on 70% W and 100% B. I just wanted to find out for LPS, and potentially anemones, would the following photo-period be sufficient: (I don't want to run them too long so as not to give the corals more light than they would need, which I assume long term would not be healthy)

    I was running them for almost 12 hours total time but it just felt like too much, so now my new time is:

    Total time: 9 h
    Ramp up time: 1 h 30 mins
    Ramp down time: 1h 30 mins
    Total without ramp time: 6 h



    What you guys think?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. 459b

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    12 hrs is too much, your new nine hour period should be fine. Just monitor how the corals do and adjust if needed
     
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    Daylight length is very dependant on seasonality with tropical light hours extending up to 14 hours. However, one must remember that natural light has only about 4 hours of full intensity. So, I agree with David that 12 hours is quite long, but if you feel that you would like have these longs hours be sure to vary intensity with a controller.
     
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    Ok thanks guys, @carlosdeandrade not looking to have long hours, just was unsure on how much light was enough. I think the 9 hours in total with 1h30 ramp on both sides, giving 6 hours full intensity should do good :)
     
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