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Old 06-04-2011, 10:22 PM   #1
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Moonlight necessary?

Well, I had been using moonlights after day lights turned off for quite a while. I recently bought a timer, but because the ballast effects both the daylights and moonlight LEDs, I can't have one set to on and one set to off when plugged into the timer. I could just unplug the timer and do it manually, but was wondering if moonlights are even necessary.

Anyone have any info? I don't know if its stressful or not for the tank to be pretty dark at night.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:24 PM   #2
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Some people say they are purely cosmetic but I have also heard they encourage mating in some species
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sometimes it actually helps keep some of the corals open a little bit at night instead of completely closing
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IMO no effect but for you to be able to see you're tank at night.

They used to think it promoted coral spawning, but this is untrue
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Its really a debate. I believe it has been helping my coraline grow and given greater growth on some of my corals but I have no way of proving it.
In the end its your choice by no way a must have.
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I don't really think it keeps them open. I have some 12 watt LED strips for dawn/dusk effect and most corals are closed even then, with those being much brighter than the moonlights.
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It`s not necessary. I`ve had my tank for 13+ yrs and never had moonlights. Unless you want to consider the computer screen in the room. LOL. You dont have to have them.
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:33 AM   #8
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Alright, thanks. Just wasn't sure if no extra light added stress at night.
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