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Old 04-24-2010, 04:47 AM   #1
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how long per day should i leave my aquarium lights on?
or should i never turn them off?
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You leave them on and cut them off just like nature. Fish and corals have to sleep and recharge also. I have mine on for 12 hours and off for 12 hours. Never leave your lights on for all day.
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:19 AM   #3
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I was going to post the exact same question about how long per day I shouls keep my lights on. Thanks for the answer. It makes a lot of sence.
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Talking thanks!!

i was thinking it would be something logical like that but i really wanted to check!!
i only have live rock in mine so far.. i wanted to be sure before i got any fish!!
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I have lights on for 8-hours in my tank
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:35 PM   #6
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depends on the lights and what is in the tank. the more light you have, the more algae you might get, especially in a FOWLR tank with strong lighting.

If you had metal halide and corals, you would be looking at a specific schedule.
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I got mine used and the owner B4 me only turned the lights off for 8 hours. that means on for 16 hours. Should I change that???
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I would change that. 8-10 hrs on will suit you best. Gauge the start and finish time by what time you want to view the tank. I did mine on at 1 and off at 11.
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I only have mine on for 8hours, 12:30pm-8.30pm.
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Hawaii has daylight hours of 11-13 hours a day... so if your in the tropical area of Hawaii (or at least your fish are from around that parallel) somewhere in that area would be good.
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