Sump Lighting

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  1. Nizaam

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    Does one need to have lighting in the sump?
     
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    Only when you wanna keep macro algae like cheato in there, otherwise you don't need. Some guys keep frags of corals in there as well, so the light needs to be right for them if the case.
     
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    So what lights should I use for cheato?
     
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    Pl tubes, CFL 20 to 35W, LED downlighters, whatever you fancy.

    Best is warm white range.

    CFL cheaper option, but then the reflectors are something to DIY.

    Or can use a PL light fitting.

    LEDs smaller more compact and directional, do not throw light everywhere like CFL. But beware, those units can become extremely hot. I still got the scar...
     
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    Can I have cheato and LR in the same chamber?
     
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    Yes you can.

    Normally the cheato is housed above a DSB sandbed.
    A lot better.
     
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    Minimum should be 150mm depth to keep the cheato in. You will find that it does break small parts off, and that coulf collect on the sand bed. I just take that out when that happens. Also above LR, it will hook easier when you turn it over. At least once a week. More often the better.
     
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    Thanks for the info
     
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    Good to have lights in sump running on reverse cycle with lights in DT. Keeps your Ph at bay
     
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    Could I use sugarfine aragoniet for the sandbed or should I use playsand?
     
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    Your choice, one is cheap, one is expensive but they both basically do the same thing. If you use playsand you need to wash it a LOT before putting it in your tank.
     
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