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Old 05-13-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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LED Lighting schedule, Help.

I'm so lost with this schedule and how long whites and blues should be on. I'm reading 8 hours then I'm seeing 12 hours.
Can someone help me with advice. I currently have 35 gallon Solana with Taotronics 120 W dimmable blues and whites.
My current schedule is whites come on first from 7am-3pm and blues 7am-4:30pm. I have whites on about bare minimum I wouldnt even say 10% and blues up to about 50%-60%(that's probably the problem)
I've notice colors on my zoo's and acan have faded a little in color over the past 3 days.
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That schedule seems fine (mine is very similar). I personally would have the blues start in the morning before the whites. Gives it more of a "natural" morning feel. How tall is your tank? 10% seems a little low for my taste however if your tank is shallow it might be ok. Also, what type of coral are you growing?
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Cool good to know I'm doing something slightly right. My Tank is 20 inces tall and my lights hang about 14 inces above.
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Right now I have Zoo's, Mushroom,Richorida's, and an Acan.
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I personally don't know the equation for light intensity based on distance/depth, however 34 inches to the sandbed is plenty high. I'd look into slowly raising your whites. I have my aqua illuminations only 6 inches above my water and have my whites peaking at 50%. I'm not saying you should go that high but just know you can. From what I hear a lot of people keep their lights between 40 and 50%. (And by slowly I mean weeks if not months). Just my opinion though, I only know what I've had success with
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I'm so lost with this schedule and how long whites and blues should be on. I'm reading 8 hours then I'm seeing 12 hours.
Can someone help me with advice. I currently have 35 gallon Solana with Taotronics 120 W dimmable blues and whites.
My current schedule is whites come on first from 7am-3pm and blues 7am-4:30pm. I have whites on about bare minimum I wouldnt even say 10% and blues up to about 50%-60%(that's probably the problem)
I've notice colors on my zoo's and acan have faded a little in color over the past 3 days.
Thank
That seems a bit light on the light (no pun intended). Also, you can go up to 12 hours for blues and 6-8 or 9 for whites should be good. If algae starts to occur, cut back on the total time for lights, white reduced first. Probably a bit more white light as well.
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I think I'm going to try a 12 hour blues with blues coming on first and ending and a 8 hour white cycle. With both at 30% and see where that takes me, i guess
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I think I'm going to try a 12 hour blues with blues coming on first and ending and a 8 hour white cycle. With both at 30% and see where that takes me, i guess
Sounds good. I wouldn't jump right to 30% overnight though. Like everything in this hobby taking it slow is key let me know how it goes
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oh yeah of course lol. I'll be back with results
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